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I’ve lived in Strasbourg since 2019, and Sunday is one of my favorite days to explore this beautiful city.
From strolling through La Petite France to taking in the views from the Strasbourg Cathedral, there’s an endless list of things I love to do. And, if it’s the first Sunday of the month, you’ll find me popping from museum to museum. Why? Because they’re all free!
In this post, I’m going to share with you the best things to do on a Sunday in Strasbourg. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or a casual traveler, I’ve got you covered.
18 Amazing Things to Do in Strasbourg on Sunday
Sunday is one of the best days of the week to explore this beautiful city. It’s less crowded than Saturday, and while some places are closed, most are open.
So, without further ado, here’s a look at the top tourist sites and things I recommend you do while visiting.
1. Walk around La Petite France
La Petite France is the most colorful district in Strasbourg.
As you stroll along its cobblestone streets, you’ll no doubt be captivated by the charm of its half-timbered houses. In summer, their windowsills hold colorful hanging baskets. And in winter, they are decorated with festive lights and ornaments.
The district is crisscrossed by canals of the River Ill, over which several picturesque bridges offer stunning views. The most photogenic spots are Pont Saint Martin, Place Benjamin Zix, and Pont du Faison.
Almost every Sunday, I wake up early to walk around La Petite France. The streets are calm, and there isn’t a tourist in sight. It’s one of my favorite things to do, even if I’ve visited the area over a hundred times.
2. Rent a Bike
As one of the most bike-friendly cities in Europe, renting a bike in Strasbourg could not be easier. With options like Vélhop, you’ll find well-maintained, safe bikes perfect for your journey.
Not only that, but there are also more than 600 kilometers (372 miles) of biking paths in and around the city.
Some of the most popular ones are:
Rhine Cycle Route – This long-distance bike path runs along the Rhine River, passing by Strasbourg. I’ve done parts of this route several times and even biked to Colmar. It’s a calm, flat trail that is easy to navigate. There are also places to picnic along the way.
Alsace Wine Route – This is one of the most famous wine routes in the country. It runs from Marlenheim to Thann and passes near Strasbourg. Since moving to Strasbourg in 2019, I’ve biked several sections, and my favorite part is the route between Barr and Kaysersberg.
Then, if you want something shorter, I recommend biking towards the European Parliament or Jardin des Deux Rives.
Useful Tip: Most trains and trams in Strasbourg are bike-friendly. So, you don’t have to ride both ways if you’re short on time.
3. Take a Day Trip
One of my favorite things to do on Sunday is take a day trip.
Strasbourg lies in the heart of Alsace, and its central train station goes everywhere. And, if you prefer the convenience of a tour, there are plenty of options.
Some of the best places I’ve visited on a day trip are Colmar, Barr, Saverne, and Eguisheim.
Colmar is known for its colorful streets, while Barr and Saverne are perfect starting points for hikes in the area.
Then, there’s Eguisheim. Its cobblestone streets look like they’re from a storybook. And its rolling vineyards, dotted with castles, are the most spectacular I’ve seen.
4. Take a Spa Day at Taaka Beer Spa
The Taaka Beer Spa is the first of its kind in France. And it’s one of the unique experiences I’ve had in Strasbourg.
Your journey to relaxation starts with a session in the sauna. It’s, then, followed by a dip in a wooden hot tub filled with a revitalizing concoction of malt, hops, and yeast. Afterward, you’ll move to a room filled with comfy lounge chairs. And it’s here that the natural ingredients from the spa work their magic.
But that’s not all there is.
Your hot tub comes with a tap, so you can enjoy a chilled glass of craft beer as you ease your stress away.
They have three packages – The Big Dive, The Dive, and The Bubble.
I opted for The Dive package, a one-hour session with a 15-minute sauna, a 30-minute beer bath, and a 15-minute relaxation period.
Within the first five minutes of my beer bath, I fell asleep. That’s how relaxing it was. They, actually, had to come and wake me up!
Address: 6 Rue Marbach
5. Take a Batorama Boat Tour
The Batorama Boat Tour is a unique sightseeing experience that shows you the best of Strasbourg aboard a riverboat.
The boats are comfortable, accommodating, and fully glazed, offering 360-degree panoramic views.
They do have non-covered boats, but they are only available if there’s a zero percent chance of rain. Otherwise, they’re air-conditioned in summer and heated in winter.
When I did this tour, it was sunny without a cloud in the sky, and my boat was still covered. So, there’s no guarantee unless you buy your ticket at the last minute.
The standard tour lasts 70 minutes and follows the River Ill.
As you go along, an audio guide will detail fascinating stories about Strasbourg. Not only that, but you’ll also see famous sites like Ponts Couverts and the European Parliament.
6. Enjoy a Cocktail at SuperTonic
Located at the bustling Place d’Austerlitz, SuperTonic is a trendy bar known for its creative cocktails. And, of the bars I’ve been to in Strasbourg, their mixologists are second to none.
They also have a delightful food menu, their most popular item being the Hot-Dog Volaille.
The atmosphere inside is as enticing as its drink menu. Its modern décor, warm lighting, and spirited ambiance make it a great place to unwind after a day of exploring.
Useful Tip: They usually add too much ice to their gin tonics, so I always ask for it on the side.
Address: 1 Place d’Austerlitz
7. Discover the Strasbourg Cathedral
No trip to Strasbourg is complete without visiting the Strasbourg Cathedral.
This captivating work of art is the most awe-inspiring piece of Gothic architecture in town. With its stunning 142-meter (465-foot) high spire, it was once the tallest building in the world.
Its exterior is lined with intricate stone statues from top to bottom. And its interior lights with beautiful stained-glass windows. Then, there’s the famous astronomical clock, a marvel of Renaissance engineering. It chimes on the hour every hour, but if you want to see it come to life, get there at half past noon.
And don’t miss the chance to climb up to the viewing platform for a breathtaking panorama of Strasbourg. I went early in the morning and the sky was so clear I could see as far as the Vosges mountains!
Useful Tip: Entry to the cathedral is free, but, if you want to go up to the platform, it’s €8.
Address: Place de la Cathédrale
8. Try a Madeleine from Au Fond du Jardin
Au Fond du Jardin is a charming tearoom and boutique known for its delectable madeleines (aka Madeleines du Voyage).
Each one is like a work of art. Handcrafted; these treats are praised for their beautiful presentation.
I have to say, I have never tasted anything so delicious. I had a hard time choosing which flavor to try, so I picked two: citrus and rose.
The boutique itself is also a delight to explore, with its elegant décor and variety of teas.
And since the theme changes every two months, there’s always something new to try. I, actually, got the chance to meet Frédéric Robert. He’s the decorator and designer of Au Fond du Jardin, and his passion is unmatched. I loved hearing how he conceptualized each theme and brought it to life. My visit was a one-of-a-kind experience.
Address: 6 Rue de la Râpe
9. Explore the Neustadt District
The Neustadt district is a stunning showcase of late 19th and early 20th-century German architecture. And in 2017, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As you stroll through its broad, tree-lined avenues, you’ll see grand buildings like the impressive Palais du Rhin.
My favorite is St. Paul’s Church, particularly at sunset. The pink and orange rays bounce off the front of the church, creating a picture-perfect moment.
But there’s more to do here than marvel at the beautiful architecture. It’s a vibrant part of the city full of cafés, shops, and restaurants.
10. Take in the View from the Barrage Vauban
Erected on the River Ill, the Barrage Vauban was designed to protect the city, reflecting the strategic brilliance of its time. It’s a remarkable 17th-century structure that serves as a bridge and a dam.
But the real draw is the panoramic terrace. From the top, you’ll have breathtaking views of Strasbourg’s layout and intricate network of canals. You’ll also see popular attractions like Ponts Couverts, La Petite France, and the Strasbourg Cathedral.
I love going up at sunrise and sunset. And, since most people visit during the day, I often have the place to myself.
Address: Place du Qur Blanc
11. Indulge in Brunch at Hey Mama
Hey Mama is an upbeat restaurant right in the heart of Strasbourg. They specialize in Jamaican-style dishes that are bursting with flavor. But it’s not just the food that sets this place apart. Their philosophy is Good Food & Good Mood. And that is exactly the kind of atmosphere you can expect to have here.
Their infamous brunch is only served on the weekends, making it a must-do if you’re visiting Strasbourg on a Sunday.
My favorite dish was the Jerk Bowl. It’s mouthwateringly delicious.
Useful Tip: There’s limited seating, so don’t wait until the last minute to make your reservation.
Address: 3 Rue des Pucelles
12. Watch a Movie at the Planetarium
Immerse yourself in an interstellar adventure at the Planetarium.
There are three films: Au-delà du Soleil (Beyond the Sun), Mondes Vivants (Living Worlds), and Noisettes (Hazelnuts).
Each one is 30 minutes, and afterward, there is a presentation of Strasbourg’s night sky.
I watched Au-delà du Soleil (Beyond the Sun) and loved it.
It took place on a new state-of-the-art dome-shaped screen. And it made me feel like I was moving through space. The dialogue was also easy to understand, and I even learned something new.
Address: 27 Boulevard de la Victoire
13. Picnic in Parc de l’Orangerie
As the oldest and largest park in town, Parc de l’Orangerie is the perfect place to picnic on a Sunday afternoon in Strasbourg. It’s located in the heart of the European District, which means you’ll get a break from the hustle and bustle of the downtown.
It boasts a variety of attractions that go beyond its lush landscapes. Its beautiful English-style gardens are perfect for leisurely strolls. And if you head up to Oeil d’Orangerie, you’ll have a panoramic view over the park.
There’s also a mid-sized lake where you can rent rowboats.
Then, if you’re visiting in Spring, look out for the resident storks. Their nests are perched high on trees and buildings, but they are known to meander around the park.
14. Discover Krutenau
Krutenau is Strasbourg’s Bobo neighborhood, as they say in French. It has a lively atmosphere that blends old and new. It’s where winding cobblestone streets give way to trendy bars, bistros, and boutiques, and where locals come to escape the tourist crowds.
Some popular attractions include St. William’s Church and Strasbourg’s Public Bath House. But the highlight is the river barges along Quai des Pêcheurs. They were all converted into restaurants and are, now, open on Sundays.
15. Go on a Food Tour
Of the towns I’ve been to in Alsace, Strasbourg has the best food scene. From traditional restaurants to international bistros, there are so many places to try.
So, why not immerse yourself in the culinary heritage and go on a food tour?
There are several to choose from, but my all-time favorite is the Traditional Food Group Walking Tour.
Each stop introduces you to a new dish. Some of my favorites were choucroute garnie, bretzels, and pain d’épices. And with each dish, you’ll learn about Strasbourg’s history through food.
16. Hang out at the Place Kléber
Place Kléber is where all the action happens. And there’s no better day of the week to visit than Sunday.
At the center stands a monument dedicated to Jean-Baptiste Kléber, a celebrated general born in Strasbourg. It’s surrounded by stunning architecture and historical sites.
The Aubette, a long building that occupies the entire north side of the square, is the most impressive.
Place Kléber is also where you’ll find the Strasbourg Christmas market in December. There are festive wooden chalets, food stalls, and, of course, the giant Christmas tree. It’s an absolute must-capture if you’re in town.
17. Visit a Museum
Did you know that most museums in Strasbourg are open on Sunday?
Or that they are free the first Sunday of every month?
Well, you do now!
So, of course, going to a museum on Sunday is an absolute must.
From history museums to art museums, Strasbourg has quite a selection to choose from. And since I’ve been to them all, I know which ones are worth visiting.
The Musée Alsacien is a must-visit if you want to learn more about Alsatian folk traditions.
Art lovers will be drawn to the collections at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Then, there’s the Historical Museum of the City of Strasbourg, which offers a complete overview of the city’s turbulent history.
And if you’re looking for something a little different, there’s also the Château Musée Vodou. It’s dedicated to the fascinating world of Vodou. And will answer any and all questions you have about this unique religion.
18. Tour the St. Thomas Church
Often overshadowed by the Strasbourg Cathedral, St. Thomas Church is a must-visit. This Protestant church is an excellent example of Romanesque architecture. And in 1862, it became an official historical monument.
As you walk into its vast interior, you’ll notice two things: the five naves and the stunning stained-glass windows. But the main highlight of the church is the Silbermann organ. It was once played by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself.
But it’s not just the architecture and the organ that make St. Thomas Church worth a visit. It’s also home to an impressive collection of tombs and monuments, including the mausoleum of Marshal Maurice de Saxe.
Address: 11 Rue Martin Luther,
Where to Stay
There’s no shortage of incredible places to stay in Strasbourg. Below I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels to help you plan your trip.
- Hotel Les Haras – One of the top-rated hotels in Strasbourg. The rooms are comfy and the service is exceptional.
- Hotel Suisse – Next to the Strasbourg Cathedral, so you’ll be next to everything. You can even request a room with a view of the cathedral!
- Hotel & Spa Regent Petite France – In the heart of La Petite France, this hotel is cozy and the staff are incredibly helpful. The breakfast is also delicious.
Where to Eat
Strasbourg has tons of restaurants, but not all are open on Sundays. So, to help you organize your trip, I’ve made a list, in addition to those I mentioned above, of the best restaurants that will be open.
- La Cloche à Fromage – Everything they do is incredible. Their specialty is cheese, so most dishes are made with it. I’ve eaten here several times and I’m always impressed.
- Binstub Broglie – If you’re looking for the tarte flambée in town, it’s here. They even have dessert ones!
- Restaurant Gurtlerhoft – A traditional Alsatian restaurant set in a 14th-century wine cellar. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is cozy.
Conclusion: Things to Do in Strasbourg on a Sunday
Unlike most cities, Strasbourg comes alive on Sundays. And there’s no shortage of things to do.
Explore La Petite France, visit a museum, or take a spa day. My three favorite activities are picnicking in Parc de l’Orangerie, visiting the Strasbourg Cathedral, and hanging out in Krutneau.
But no matter what you choose to do, your Sunday in Strasbourg is sure to be unforgettable.
So, now, all that’s left to do is plan your itinerary for your trip to Strasbourg!
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