Ready for wine, history, and great food? Buckle up – we’re going to Strasbourg!
Strasbourg is the capital and largest city of the Grand Est region of France, near the eastern border with Germany. You’ll find a mix of Franco-German culture, history, and cuisine. If you’re a linguaphile, you’ll particularly love the thrill of being able to practice both your French and German during your stay.
Strasbourg is the perfect destination for a laidback city break. You’ll find a slew of Michelin-starred restaurants, cafés at every turn, endless shopping choices – all within a network of extensive cycling paths and convenient public transportation. You’ll also find lots of green spaces within the city, like the Parc de l’Orangerie and the Jardin des Deux Rives.
Strasbourg is also a great base to explore the beautiful and historic region of Alsace, one of France’s main wine-growing regions. It’s an excellent destination for hiking and biking, a road trip, and of course, enjoying the fantastic gastronomy.
To make your holiday as fun as possible, choose the ideal base from which to explore the city. Here’s where to stay in Strasbourg.
Where to stay in Strasbourg – a quick guide to finding the best neighborhoods and hotels
Here are quick recommendations to help you choose where to stay in Strasbourg.
- If you want to explore Strasbourg’s cultural and historical highlights easily, stay near Petite France. You’ll be in the middle of the city’s most picturesque district and charming old town and within walking distance of the city’s best sights and restaurants.
- If you’re in Strasbourg to shop and dine, stay near Place Kleber. You’ll be near all the fabulous shopping galleries and some of the city’s best restaurants. This is also near the Christmas markets during December, so you’ll be in a great place to enjoy the holiday festivities.
- If you want a totally relaxed stay away from the crowds, stay in the European Quarter. While it’s nowhere as hectic as Paris, Strasbourg does get its share of tourists, especially around December. If you prefer to stay somewhere more peaceful (and for less money), the European quarter is the best area.
- If you’re coming to Strasbourg for a short visit (a night or two), stay near the Gare Centrale. This area is perfect for a quick and convenient stay as it’s near the main train station and within walking distance of the city’s top sights. If you’re planning to drive or ride the train to the other towns in Alsace, this is a great place to stay for a quick trip.
Plan your trip to Strasbourg with this PDF guide.
Map – essential landmarks and best hotels in Strasbourg
Use this Google map to plan your trip. I added all the important landmarks, best sights, and the best places to stay in Strasbourg.
If you want to explore Strasbourg’s cultural and historical highlights easily, stay near Petite France
Petite France is Strasbourg’s most picturesque district and looks straight out of a fairytale. Traditional Alsatian half-timbered houses stand along the riverbanks, their colorful facades and windowsill flowers reflected in the water.
The neighborhood is a historic district where fishermen, millers, and tanners used to work. Now, it’s a lively hub for both tourists and locals looking to bask in the old town charm. You can spend a day or two here wandering around the cobblestoned alleys and over the flower-decked bridges. Make sure to try out Alsatian cuisine in one of the many restaurants along the river. Afterward, wander off to the other parts of the Grand Île, Strasbourg’s historic city center.
Best hotels in Petite France
★Top Pick: Hotel and Spa Le Bouclier d’Or is set in the beautiful Petite France. It has everything you’ll need for the most relaxing stay in Strasbourg. Stunning views, gorgeous rooms, a wine bar, a wellness center, and a buffet breakfast – it’s the perfect base for an indulgent city break.
Cour du Corbeau is a luxurious 4-star hotel that’s also worth checking out, especially if you’re coming to Strasbourg on a romantic holiday. For families and bigger groups, the Life Renaissance studios and apartments will have you feeling right at home.
Place Kleber is the largest square in Strasbourg’s city center, as well as the city’s commercial area. It’s a shopping haven with big shopping galleries like L’Aubette and Galeries Lafayette.
If you’re planning to do a lot of shopping and don’t want to be carrying shopping bags all day, you’ll want to stay in a hotel near Place Kleber. You’ll also be within walking distance of the historic sights as well as Strasbourg’s best restaurants and cafés.
If you’re traveling in December, note that Place Kleber is very near Place Broglie, the site of the Christmas market that Strasbourg is well-known for. If you want to be part of the festivities, book your hotels early.
Best hotels near Place Kleber
★Top Pick: Le Moon is a stylish apartment hotel that’s perfect for couples and groups coming to Strasbourg on a shopping, dining, and sightseeing holiday. It’s set on the banks of the Ill river near the historic center and is a short walk to the main shopping districts and the Strasbourg Christmas market. It’s an absolutely fabulous place to stay, with beautiful furnishings, great amenities, and a fantastic location.
BOMA Hotel is also an excellent base for your shopping sprees. It’s right along the commercial center and you’ll love it for their comfortable rooms and bold, chic interior design.
For families and bigger groups who want a home-away-from-home experience, the Citadines Kleber is a beautiful apartment hotel with spacious rooms.
If you want a breath of fresh air away from the tourist crowds, stay in Strasbourg’s quiet European quarter. You’ll be near the gorgeous Parc de l’Orangerie, and the city center is only 30-45 minutes on foot or a short bus or tram ride away.
This is also a great base if you plan to drive around Alsace. You’ll find less hectic traffic here, as well as more parking spaces. The hotels I recommend here all have parking spaces for a hassle-free stay.
Best hotels in the European Quarter
★Top Pick: La Residence de l’Orangerie is a lovely guesthouse right beside the Parc de l’Orangerie that will make you feel right at home in Strasbourg. It’s the perfect place for couples looking to relax and recharge, and it’s equipped with a kitchenette and has a free parking space on site.
You can also check out La Residence des deux Studios. It’s another guesthouse in a quiet area where you’ll have everything you need for a great stay.
The Gare Centrale is Strasbourg’s main train station, and the surrounding area is a perfect place to stay if you’re in the city for a few days. You’ll be within walking distance of most of the city’s sights, as well as rental car companies and transportation facilities.
Best hotels near the Gare Centrale
★Top Pick: Hotel Graffalgar is a bright and modern hotel where you’ll get a glimpse of the local art scene. Its rooms and common areas are decorated by local artists, designed to give you a fun and comfortable stay.
Check out also Mercure Strasbourg Centre, a bright and modern hotel perfect for chic travelers. It’s near the train station (so you can go in and out of the city in no time), but also within walking distance of Strasbourg’s charming historical center.
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Ready to plan your trip? Here’s my travel guide to Strasbourg.
Plan to spend at least 2-3 days in Strasbourg. Afterward, head out to explore the rest of Alsace. You’ll get to see a lot of beautiful storybook towns, explore vineyards and hiking trails, and have one of the most scenic road trips in Europe.
If you’re exploring Alsace for 5 days or more, I’d recommend having two bases for your trip. Spend a couple of days in Strasbourg to explore the northern parts of Alsace, then stay in Colmar to explore the southern parts.
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I hope this quick and easy guide helps you choose where to stay in Strasbourg! You’re in for a fun city break filled with picturesque strolls, delicious food, and upscale shopping experience.
If you need more help planning your trip to Strasbourg and Alsace, send me a message, and I’ll do my best to help you out.
Thanks for reading and happy travels to France!
First published – 5 October 2017
Last updated – 12 December 2019 – updated information, fixed format, added travel-planning information