There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Strasbourg each year. The main ones are listed below.January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday) February 14: Valentine's Day (celebrated nationwide)
In France, Valentine's Day holds great importance as a celebration of love. Couples take advantage of this day to exchange missives and gifts as proof of their devotion, as well as red roses, symbolizing passion. Restaurants and cafés are besieged, particularly those offering a romantic atmosphere.May 1 : Labour Day (national holiday)
On the first of May, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily-of-the-valley to close ones. Many vendors occupy the pavement on that occasion!May 8: Victory Day (national holiday)
Commemorates the Allied victory in Europe that ended World War II on this day in 1945. Various ceremonies are held around town.July 14 : Bastille Day (national holiday)
This holiday celebrates both the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution, and the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. Each year, Strasbourg commemorates this event by organising a huge dance party on Place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, followed by an exceptional fireworks display set off from the Parc de l'Étoile.August 15 : Assumption Day (national holiday)
This celebration, still very popular in Strasbourg, is marked by several religious ceremonies.Third weekend in September: European Heritage Days (celebrated nationwide)
The aim of the European Heritage Days is to open up numerous sites and monuments, many of which are normally closed to the public. Each year, around 50 places of cultural interest in Strasbourg take part in this event: public and private buildings, museums, etc.November 11: Remembrance Day (national holiday)
On this day, French citizens gather at war memorials to commemorate the signing of the 1918 Armistice officially bringing an end to the First World War.November–December : Christmas Market (local event)
In Strasbourg, the Christkindelsmärik or “Christ child market” is a true institution! For nearly five hundred years, this Christmas market has been held on Place Broglie. It is the oldest market of its kind in France and without doubt one of the best in Europe.December 6 : Saint Nicholas Day (local event)
Saint Nicholas Day is celebrated throughout eastern France. It is an opportunity for children to meet both Saint Nicholas and his companion Le Père Fouettard, whose name translates as “Father Whipper”, the French equivalent of the Krampus in Germany and Austria or Zwarte Piet in the Netherlands. While the first distributes maënnele (little brioche rolls in the shape of Saint Nicholas) and other sweets (chocolates, gingerbread), the second playfully chastises all those who have not been good during the year!December 25 : Christmas (national holiday) December 26: Saint Stephen's Day (local)
Passed down from the time when Alsace and Moselle were German regions, December 26th is a public holiday. On the day after Christmas, Strasbourg locals gather with family and friends to keep festive proceedings going. While the last bredele are being enjoyed, several Christmas dances are held around the city.December 31: New Year's Eve (national event)
On the night of December 31st, the atmosphere is particularly festive on the streets of Strasbourg, with families and friends celebrating the new year.
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The Strasbourg-Entzheim International Airport is located 12 kilometres (7 miles) south-west of Strasbourg.
Strasbourg is a city with a relatively small central area. It is therefore quite easy to get around on foot or by bicycle. In addition, the city offers a good range of public transport options, all of them convenient and efficient.
Public transport is highly developed in Strasbourg and its surroundings. More than 30 bus lines and 6 tram lines operate along the city's main thoroughfares. These systems serve not only Strasbourg itself but also several adjoining municipalities, including Schiltigheim, Ostwald and Bischheim.
Exploring on foot is the best way to visit Strasbourg's historic centre. Strolling through Petite France, criss-crossed by narrow lanes, canals and locks, to admire the half-timbered houses, or in the area surrounding Notre Dame Cathedral is an enchanting experience!
With nearly 600 kilometres (373 miles) of cycling paths, bike-friendly Strasbourg offers one of the most extensive and comprehensive networks of its kind in France. Many bicycling parking stations are available throughout the city. Thanks to the public bike rental service Vélhop, it is very simple to hire a bicycle for all daily trips in Strasbourg Eurométropole.
Upon your arrival in Strasbourg, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.Strasbourg Tourist Office
Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Strasbourg counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.Vaccinations
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
There are no specific food safety risks. French government authorities promote good hygiene practices and put in place strengthened control procedures for sites especially frequented by tourists during the summer months.Water
Tap water is safe to drink in Strasbourg.
As a general rule, a visa is required to enter France. Foreign nationals in the two categories listed below are not required to carry a visa for stays of 90 days or less:
Travellers from all other countries must be in possession of a visa, regardless of the length of their stay. Visa applications must be submitted to the nearest French Embassy or French Consulate in the country of permanent residence well in advance of departure. For further information, visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/getting-a-visa/
Contact information for the embassies and consulates of your country is accessible in the directory of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/le-ministere-et-son-reseau/annuaires-des-ambassades-et-consulats-etrangers-en-france
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Strasbourg, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Strasbourg a little easier:
In Strasbourg like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.