We went to Au Crocodile for Christmas Eve dinner. Good location in the center of Strasbourg. We made reservations several weeks in advance and were seated at a nice table in the main dining room with a beautiful Christmas tree in the center. The tasting menu for Christmas was delicious and beautifully presented.
Strasbourg Christmas Market in Alsace
Alsace is well known for it’s beautiful Christmas Markets. The Strasbourg Christmas Market is the oldest Christmas market in France. Way back in 1570 at Place Broglie. The Christmas Market takes place every year around the end of November to the end of December. The best way to avoid crowds is to come on weekdays in the first half of December. The last week before Christmas is when you’ll see the biggest crowds.
To visit the entire market requires a lot of walking. The entire city center is ornately decorated. You will find Christmas lights illuminate every street. I just can’t stop taking pictures everywhere I go! This is just winter-wonderland overload.
Christmas Tree in Place Kleber
The Strasbourg Christmas market is very widespread throughout the public squares of the central island. The best attraction would be the large Christmas tree in the town square (Place Kléber). Place Kléber is the largest open square in Strasbourg. It is full of historic buildings and fine architecture.
We walked by Place Kléber numerous times during our 2 night stay in Strasbourg. The tree was decorated with blinking lights and stars. The surrounding buildings with lighting looked spectacular too. It is beautiful in the evening when all the lights are on. Spectacular at night for photos.
The Carré d’Or Market
The Carré d’Or Market is located in Place du Temple-Neuf.
Very Festive Atmosphere
This city has been running Christmas market since the 16th century. There are around 11 markets (called Christkindelsmärik) with 300 stalls today.
It’s worth spending time walking around the streets and the market during the day to see all of the decorations, and then again at night for the lights.
Nearly every shop and building is excessively decorated with a theme for the holidays.
- Place de la Cathédrale
- Place Kléber
- Place Gutenberg
- Place Broglie
- Place du Château
There are six smaller ones at:
- Place du Marché aux Poisson
- Place du Temple Neuf
- Place Saint Thomas
- Place des Meuniers
- Place Benjamin-Zix
- Place Grimmeissen
Batorama Boat Tour
Discover Strasbourg on a boat trip
Petite France, Strasbourg
We dined at 1741 just a few days before Christmas. It was directly opposite the Palais Rohan. From the outside it was beautiful decorated for Christmas, inside we were seated on the top floor in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. Our table for two felt very spacious and private. Their staff were very friendly and professional. Since we don’t speak French and all the staff were trying their best to explain the dishes to us in English. I loved every single dish, they were so refined and elegant. Every course was truly delicious. I’d love to come back to 1741 on my next visit to Strasbourg.
Foie Gras from Lucien Doriath Farm
Black Truffel Tuber Melanosporum.
Quenelle and consomme.
Char fish from Heimbach spring
Herbs butter and Mushroom puree.
Egg cooked at 64
Salmon like gravlax and dill
Chocolate and Pear
Chocolate form and Pear Ice
Things to Do & See in Strasbourg
Strasbourg is known for many things. First of all, Strasbourg is the chief city of the historic wine-growing region Alsace. Located close to the border with Germany and Switzerland, Alsatian culture is a unique mix of French and German influences. Furthermore, the first Christmas Market was held in 1570, making Strasbourg Christmas Market one of the world’s oldest Christmas markets. Finally, it is the seat of a number of European institutions and bodies including the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights.
1. LA PETITE FRANCE
“La Petite France” is a historic quarter in the center of Strasbourg. It’s a well maintained area with lots of little lane ways and timber clad houses. We spent the whole afternoon walking around Strasbourg, mostly in this area. You really need to walk around to really enjoy. It was nice to just stroll casually and admire all the beautiful buildings. Great atmosphere and vibe to the place.
Lunch at La Corde à Linge
We stopped here on a hot day for lunch and were all pleased with our meals. Very busy restaurant in a fantastic location by the river.
We felt like we deserved ice cream after lunch 🙂
2. CATHEDRALE NOTRE DAME DE STRASBOURG
Construction started in 1176 and completed in 1275. The pink stone and single spire make this cathedral unique. The Cathedral has wonderful stained glass windows dating back hundreds of years, a beautiful interior in perfect Gothic style with a historical astronomical clock.
Climbed 332 steps to the top of the bell tower.
If your legs are up to it, climb to the top (and back down) of the cathedral tower for a spectacular view of the city. There is no elevator, so be sure you’re up for it before you start. Also depending on your timing, you may get to hear the bells chiming the hour.