One of my best friends is currently doing her internship in Strasbourg, France, and she invited me to come over for a bit. I figured it would be nice to spend some time away from home just before my birthday (which is was on saturday!). I only had two days to spend here but I figured it would be enough because Strasbourg is quite small. I’ve been to the Alsace region before but not to this particular city, and to be fair it’s been quite a while so I don’t even remember where the pictures went.
Right off the bat I noticed the city has some interesting architecture. A lot of buildings are built in a Neoclassical or French Baroque style. When I crossed the canal to the Grand île – the touristic and historical center of Strasbourg – I really noticed the combination of French and German architecture which makes the city so special.
My friends’ apartment is very central so I was lucky that most of the touristy things were within a kilometer distance away from me. I really wanted to visit the Place de la Cathédrale, where the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, Palais Rohan and a lot of shops and restaurants are located.
This cathedral is really impressive, and I found out it used to be the highest building in the world until 1874! I decided climb all the way up to the viewpoint on top. I believe it was around 660 steps to go up so I was sweating like a pig when I got there. It was worth it though, the view was incredible! From here you can really see how many beautiful and unique buildings Strasbourg has – literally every building is different.
After this I went to Palais Rohan. I only bought a ticket to the Musée des Arts Decoratifs. I kept walking up and down the museum because I didn’t want to leave. I’m always really interested in different interiors from various times and cultures and this was really something else. I think the pictures will speak for themselves.
In the evening my friend took me out for dinner at a place called Bloom. I came across this restaurant on Instagram and it looked amazing. We had some cocktails, wine and lots of food and it was delicious. Their menu is small but everything sounds really tasty, and they have a funny way of naming their dishes.
On the second day I walked around la Pétite France, which is a verrrry touristy quarter in Strasbourg. It’s part of the UNESCO world heritage sites (which I also only found out while I was there).
The last thing I did was visiting the Jardin Botanique de l’Université de Strasbourg. It opened quite late so I was waiting there for the gates to open. I think this is one of the nicest botanical garden I’ve ever visited. They had a lot of things to see and there was a huge greenhouse with tropical plants and leafs. I’m a big fan of botanical gardens so I think this was my favorite thing to do in Strasbourg.
Although it was short, I had a really good time here. I think France is a beautiful country so I definitely want to go back. I’ll be visiting my friend in Strasbourg again soon so I’m excited what we’ll be doing then!
Have you ever been to Strasbourg? Let me know in the comments! Also let me know if you like this style of blogpost where I use a bit more images and slightly less text!