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Strasbourg Tours - Excursions
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Walking tours

Strasbourg is an ideal size to be covered by foot and a trip around the Cathedral especially at night, and Petite France district is essential for the visitor. The lush, grassy banks of the Ill and the Fossé du Faux-Rempart canal afford views of the major sights.

Audio-guided visits lasting 90 minutes are available in French, English, German, Italian and Spanish and represent by far the best way of exploring the city. Equipment is available for hire for €6 from the Office du Tourisme, 17 place d la Cathédrale (telephone number: (03) 8852 2828, fax number: (03) 8852 2829), between 0900 hrs and 1900 hrs for a period of 24 hours. A deposit of €30 or ID is required. This form of walking tour is highly recommended for independent travellers who prefer to sightsee at their own pace. The Office du Tourisme also organises French-language guided tours that cover the Cathedral and Petite France, also lasting approximately 90 minutes and costing €6.

Pedestrians need to be aware, that the access to some parking areas means that cars have to drive along the pavement to reach them, cycle lanes form part of the pavement rather than the road and, even when crossing at a road junction with a ‘green’ light, cars turning into the road continue to approach and they are obliged to give way to pedestrians on a crossing but the experience can come as a surprise.

Boat Tours

The Service touristique du Port Autonome de Strasbourg, 15 rue de Nantes (telephone number: (03) 8884 1313, fax number: (03) 8884 3313), organises a two-and-a-half-hour cruise, departing from the place de l’Etoile daily at 1430 hrs (July-August). The tour travels along the Ill and Rhine rivers and costs €8. In addition, it also offers daytime and night-time cruises on the Ill River, with commentary in English, departing daily from the Palais Rohan pier, Place du Marché aux Poissons, all year round. These tours take 75 minutes and cost approx €7.00.

Other Tours

CTS (telephone number: (03) 8877 7070) operates a mini train sightseeing service, with multilingual commentary. The 50-minute tours run every 30 minutes, daily 1000-1700 hrs. It departs from the place du Château, passing the La Petite France district and the Cathedral. Fare is €4.60 for adults and €2.30 for children.

Excursions for Half a Day

Colmar

The capital of the Haut-Rhin, 70km (43 miles) south of Strasbourg, is known for its quaint Old Town and dry wines and celebrated in the annual wine festival, Foire aux Vins. It is also home to the Rétable d’Issenheim (Issenheim Altarpiece), painted by Mathias Grünewald, between 1512 and 1516, for St Anthony’s monastery and displayed at the Musée d’Unterlinden, 1 rue d’Unterlinden (telephone number: (03) 8920 1558; e-mail: info@musee-unterlinden.com, website: www.musee-unterlinden.com ), The museum is open daily 0900-1800 hrs (May-October) and Wednesday to Monday 0900-1200 hrs and 1400-1700 hrs (November-April). Admission is €7.

Colmar is a 40-minute train journey from Strasbourg. Colmar Tourist Office, 4 rue des Unterlinden (telephone number: (03) 8920 6892, fax: (03) 8941 3413, e-mail: info@ot-colmar.fr) can provide further information.

For a Whole Day

Molsheim and the Route des Vins

The Route des Vins extends from Marlenheim, west of Strasbourg, to Thann, close to Mulhouse, offering opportunities for free dégustations (tastings) and summer wine festivals. Molsheim is one of the largest towns on the itinerary, less than 30km (19 miles) southwest of Strasbourg, a 30-minute train journey. Its attractions, in addition to wine, include the medieval fortifications, the Porte des Forgerons (Blacksmiths’ Gate), the 16th-century Metzig and the Eglise des Jésuites, an impressive Gothic church.

Molsheim Tourist Office, 19 place de l’Hôtel de Ville (telephone number: (03) 8838 1161, fax number: (03) 8849 8040, e-mail: infos@ot-molsheim-mutzig.com), can provide further information.

La Route des Vins d’Alsace and the Black Forest

Tourisme Fleury, 15 Rue du Kirchbert (telephone number: (06) 0726 6815, e-mail: info@tourisme-fleury.fr) operates 2 tours on these routes, departing Strasbourg at 0930/1000 hrs in air-conditioned mini-buses. The excursions visit the vineyards north of Colmar (Circuit A) or up to the Black Forest and Baden-Baden in Germany (Circuit B), both arrive back in Strasbourg around 1600 hrs. There is a minimum of 2 people and the tours cost €69.
 
 
 
   
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