Strasbourg might be the largest city in the ‘Grand Est’ region of France and the official seat of the European Parliament, but it clings fiercely onto its unique charm. From medieval-timbered attics to century-old riverside flats, here’s our pick of the five best Airbnbs in Strasbourg.
Ancient attic room
Kitchen in Attic apartment | Courtesy of Sylvain/Airbnb
Strasbourg is famous for its unique architecture, with medieval houses criss-crossed by ancient wooden beams. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting, then make sure to seize the opportunity to stay in an authentic medieval homestay. This cosy room with private shower is hidden away in an attic apartment, right in the centre of the historic quarter of Strasbourg. The wood-beam attic offers the perfect vantage point to gaze out across this adorable city. Whilst the streets might be bustling with tourists in high season during the daytime, you can actually look forward to a peaceful night spent in this sleepy corner of Strasbourg. It’s located in La Petite France neighbourhood, the old tanners’ district by the river, which is quite calm and relaxing.
Bedroom at this Riverside apartment | Courtesy of Pierre/Airbnb
The history of Strasbourg is entwined with its waterways, encircled by the River Ill and the Canal du Faux-Rempart, with many surprises to be sought between its gentle-flowing waters. The ultimate gem is the Barrage Vauban, a 17th-century dam whose terrace offers panoramic views. But instead of just strolling past the river once or twice during your stay, why not choose an Airbnb that is nestled right on its banks? This riverside apartment has charm in abundance, tucked away down one of the city’s many cobblestone alleys. It looks like something straight out of a Black Forest fairytale. Wandering back to this Airbnb after a sophisticated evening tucking into traditional dishes like flammekeuche or choucroute couldn’t feel more special.
Living room at this 17th-Century Historic Apartment | Courtesy of Daniel/Airbnb
This stunning Airbnb is one of the most authentic on this list, as it is steeped in history that stretches all the way back to the 17th century. Emblematic of the unique heritage of the region, there’s no better place to feel immersed in the medieval cityscape of black and white, timber-framed buildings. This particular hidden gem is adorned with cute flower boxes across its facade. Whilst the price is slightly higher for this apartment, this is because the space sleeps more people than most other apartments on offer. There are three rooms that can welcome up to six people in total, so it’s a great place to visit as a family or with friends.
19th-Century Musician's Paradise | Courtesy of airbnb
This 19th-century abode is a musician’s paradise, luxuriously furnished with a grand piano and violin on the wall to name but a handful of its quirky relics. The building itself was built in 1890, and proudly honours its heritage with high ceilings, period armoires and sparkling, polished wooden floorboards. As if the stylish design of this apartment wasn’t enough, it also boasts a really convenient location. Situated just two minutes by foot from the tram stop called “musée d’art moderne” (modern art museum), it’s the perfect location for art lovers as well as anyone looking to commute around this exciting city – only three stops and you reach the famous cathedral. Its two spacious rooms with living space can sleep up to six people, making it another great option for larger groups to stay together.
Bedroom at duplex studio | Courtesy of Chantal/Airbnb
This charming waterside duplex couldn’t be any closer to the beautiful canal. Built right upon its banks, the Airbnb boasts its very own private terrace with chairs and a table. There’s no better way to greet the day than by tucking into a fresh croissant by the canal’s edge. It’s the sort of view you’d pay extortionate prices for at a restaurant in this corner of Strasbourg, so it feels rare to have it all to yourself. The house itself dates back to 1853, in a corner that’s often nicknamed ‘La Petite Venise’ (Miniature Venice). This is right in the heart of Strasbourg’s historic city centre, the Grande Île (Grand Island), which was classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. The duplex can sleep up to three people quite comfortably.