A Couple's Guide to Strasbourg

Quai Charles Frey and Saint Nicolas bridge in Strasbourg, France
© Nicholas Hamm / OT Strasbourg
Quai Charles Frey and Saint Nicolas bridge in Strasbourg, France © Nicholas Hamm / OT Strasbourg
Photo of Sylvia Edwards Davis
Writer21 January 2017

With views straight out of a fairytale everywhere you look, its rich history and fabulous food and wine, Strasbourg is the perfect setting for a romantic pas de deux. From a twinkling wonderland in winter to bloom-filled façades in spring, each season opens up picture-perfect opportunities for couples to create cherished memories together.

A twilight flânerie

The old city is on an island formed by the river Ill opening to lovely waterside promenades. Watch the changing colors at sundown as they create a magical play of light reflecting on the water as you while away the hours aimlessly strolling along the waterside holding hands.

A walk in Strasbourg along the river Ill | © AAA : Zvardon : OT Strasbourg

Table for Two

Perch on an open terrace if the weather is warm, or snuggle in a cozy dining room in one of the many traditional restaurants in Petite France in the historical center. The cuisine of Alsace draws from German and French traditions with delicious local specialties such as a hearty baeckeoffe baked casserole, or a coq au riesling chicken braised in dry white wine.

A romantic dinner in Strasbourg | ©Elaine / Flickr

Get on your bikes

A romantic and convenient way to see the sights – and burn off some calories – is to explore the streets pedaling away at your own pace. Strasbourg is a very cycle-friendly city and you can find the Vélhop bike-sharing stations speckled all over town. Just find your nearest pick-up point, enter your code, and you’re off.

Cycling in Strasbourg, France | ©François Schnell / Flickr

Picnic in the park

Half the fun of going on a picnic is picking up supplies at the fantastic specialist shops brimming with gourmet charcuterie, farmhouse cheeses, local wines, fresh bread and pastries. Head out to one of the beautiful parks in the city and enjoy the view as you feed each other from your tasty selection of treats.

Parc de l’Orangerie in autumn | ©Caroline Alexandre / Flickr

Take a Class

Awaken the senses as you learn how to combine flavors and textures in a culinary workshop such as the one offered at The Hotel Suisse near the Cathedral, which hosts a school of pastry-making headed by virtuoso Chef Christophe Felder, former pastry chef at the Hôtel de Crillon, Paris. As you learn new skills (and have a good belly laugh at your inevitable mistakes) from then on every time you recreate the recipe at home it will evoke heart-warming memories of your adventure.

Honing your culinary skills | ©Simon Blackley via Flickr

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