Things to see and do

Outdoor terrace in Ciarus

Ciarus: the perfect base to discover Strasbourg

It's easy!

- 50 museums less than 2 hours away

- 7 museums less than 5 minutes away

- 30 winstubs less than 10 minutes away

- 15 churches, temples and synagogues less than 10 minutes away

- 500 km of cycle paths.

Build your own break: at Ciarus, our staff are approved, qualified tourist advisers. They are on-hand to help you make the most of your stay and explore the district, city or region, whether you're interested in sports, food and drink, culture, or anything else for that matter.

The Covered Bridges at the Petite France district of Strasbourg

Essential points of call

Looking to the future

Strasbourg city centre boasts a unique wealth of cultural and architectural heritage and has been an official UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. Among the city's most attractive districts are Petite France, the Cathedral and Neustadt. It is also a place with a cosmopolitan feel, driven by its location close to international borders.

Each year, Ciarus supports Euroscola, a European project involving around 10,000 foreign students. It also supports the "Forum franco-allemand", an academic forum covering international programmes delivered by higher education institutions across Europe. Strasbourg is a happening city!

European Parliament of Strasbourg

The heart of Europe

Inside and outside the city

Strasbourg is the quintessential capital of Europe, symbolising peace and reconciliation between the continent's peoples. It is also the place where the future of Europe is written. The city's modern architecture (Council of Europe, Parliament, Court of Human Rights and Pharmacopoeia) and the headquarters of Franco-German TV channel Arte on the banks of the Ill are a celebration of the rich cultural exchanges between France, Germany and Europe.

Yet this richness also extends beyond the city's boundaries, with memorial tourism museums such as the Alsace-Moselle Memorial and the Struthof Museum (the former Natzweiler concentration camp).

The Christmas Markets in Strasbourg

The magic of Christmas

Under starry skies

Strasbourg is known as the "Capital of Christmas" and the birthplace of many secular festive traditions. Come and experience the month-long celebrations and festivities, including concerts, illuminations, stalls and fairy stories, or simply browse the city's numerous shops, cafés and restaurants, all decorated in the traditional Christmas spirit.

Strasbourg is the place to experience the magic and tastes of Christmas, a city steeped in 500 years of culture and tradition, including the famous "Christkindelsmärik" market, which has been held outside the cathedral since 1570.

Horse sculpture by Mimmo Paladino, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg


The Rhine basin

Strasbourg is known as the birthplace of printing and illustration, and boasts a rich humanist and cultural tradition. As you wander through the city's streets, you'll discover a series of plaques commemorating the lives of famous artists and thinkers, including names such as Goethe, Gustave Doré, Bartholdi and Albert Schweitzer.

Then immerse yourself in the city's cultural scene, choosing from the wide array of options on offer, such as the Opéra National du Rhin, the Théâtre National de Strasbourg, the Zénith de Strasbourg arena, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, or the Tomi Ungerer Museum.

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