As the capital of France’s Alsace region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to the European Parliament, there’s plenty to see and do in Strasbourg. With two days you can cover the city’s historic heart, its top sights, the nearby wine region, and, in December, the Christmas markets. Here’s how.
Rohan Palace (Palais Rohan)
Midday-6 p.m. every day except Tuesday
2 Place du Château, Strasbourg, Alsace
The fantastically Baroque Palais Rohan has three museums. Within the former Cardinal apartments on the ground floor, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs displays 17th- to 19th-century furnishings, sculptures, jewelry, and ceramic. In the basement, the Musée Archéologique exhibits significant prehistoric and medieval artifacts from local excavations. And upstairs is the Musée des Beaux-Arts where you can admire works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Renoir, and Monet.
An essential stop on walking tours, choose between a private or group tour, which includes top attractions within the UNESCO-listed Grande Île such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the fantastically picturesque La Petite France neighborhood. Combine a walking tour with a zip around in an eco-friendly electric car following a GPS-programmed route or devise your own itinerary.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Palais Rohan is an ideal spot for history and art lovers.
- Each museum has an entrance fee; purchase a discounted pass that allows entry into many of the city’s cultural institutions.
- Wheelchairs, folding stools, canes are available for loan.
- Accessibility ramps are available.
- Blind and visually impaired visitors may use an audio-guided tactile course.
How to Get There
Palais Rohan is located on Place du Château, just south of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Strasbourg’s historic center, Grande Île. Walk to the palace or take either bus #14 or #24 to the Ancienne Douane stop or tram A or D to the Langstross - Grand Rue stop. Parking is difficult to find in this part of town.
When to Get There
Museums are open from morning to evening, every day except Tuesday. Strasbourg is a magical place to visit any time of year. The peak season is June through August, when the city hosts a number of events outdoors including the music festival and the film festival, and during the Christmas holiday when the city is festooned in lights and decorations and people from all over visit the Christmas market.
Grande Île Encircled by the River Ill and the Canal du Faux Rempart, the Grande Île is the UNESCO–listed historic center of Strasbourg and home to the the Cathedral but also the majority of the city’s top attractions such as Palais Rohan (Rohan Palace), which has the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the picturesque La Petite France.
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- Strasbourg Cathedral of Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg)
- Alsatian Museum (Musée Alsacien)
- Place Gutenberg
- Grande Île
- Kamerzell House (Maison Kammerzell)
- Christmas Market (Christkindelsmärik)
- St. Thomas Church (Eglise St. Thomas)
- La Petite France
- Tanners House (Maison des Tanneurs)
- Strasbourg Covered Bridges (Ponts Couverts)
- Vauban Dam (Barrage Vauban)
- Orangerie Park (Parc de l'Orangerie)
- Fort of Mutzig (Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II)
- Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg