Strasbourg…one of the most radiant towns I have ever visited in my life…and certainly one I’ll never get enough of, mostly in autumn which I love. So what’s so special about Strasbourg in autumn time?
1. Alsatian culture
Strasbourg is a gem of Alsace and represents typical Alsatian look and feel. So when visiting Strasbourg, make sure to get to know Alsace well and experience its speciality. You will admire the landscape, the architecture and of course taste the local cuisine and this is another great experience of Strasbourg and Alsace! And if you like the nature, animals…birds especially… Strasbourg will introduce you to storks which are the proud of Alsatian region and can be admired in Strasbourg’s Parc de l’Orangerie.
2. The enchanting old town
Talking a leisurely walk across the center of Strasbourg is like treading the pages of a history book. The oldest part of Strasbourg stands on an island formed by the river formed one side, by the main channel of the Ill River, and the Canal de Faux-Rempart. The entire Grand Île is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its westernmost corner houses the famous district of Petite France with its quaint streets, bridges, and half-timbered homes.
3. La Petite France
La Petite France is one of the most distinctive and stunning parts of Strasbourg. Situated on the Grande Île, an island located on the Ill river in the centre of the city, the area is notable for its numerous canals and historic buildings, forming what some might call a miniature Venice. The French, however, have decided to give it the name of the ‘Small France’, because there was a hospice here to cure those with syphilis, which was known as the French disease. Apart from the covered bridges, the area is filled with rustic, charming half-timbered houses and buildings that were built almost entirely using sandstone. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
4. Food Festival
Alsatian cuisine incorporates the best of French and German culinary tradition – many foodie favourites have German-origin names such as Kugelhopf cake, choucroute, bretzel or flammenkuche, the Alsatian answer to pizza. Strasbourg is home to winstubs, bakeries, breweries, and bistros, as well as Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurants, boutique chocolatiers, indulgent street food and Food Festival each autumn.
5. The Great Whites
It’s grape harvest season in France, meaning lots of lovely wines to come and watching the harvest take place in the vineyards. Strasbourg is the gateway to Alsace’s great wine route. Not just offering wine bars, cellars, and tasting opportunities, wine makers open their doors to visitors and provide the secrets of centuries of know how and the history of wine-making in the capital.
6. Migration of storks
Thought to bring good luck, the stork is the symbol of Alsace. One of the city’s little-known attractions is the amazing stork sanctuary in the Parc de l’Orangerie. The majestic birds happily nesting, flying around, and clacking with their long beaks can be seen without binoculars.
It’s time for heart-warming French dishes: pot-au-feu, boeuf bourguignon, cassoulet and roasted chestnuts, s’il vous plait!
8. Also Alsatian cuisine!
Only Île-de-France and its capital city Paris boast more starred restaurants than the Alsace region in France. Alsatian cuisine combines traditional German food with French flair. Alsace’s capital, Strasbourg, is home to brasseries, bakeries, and breweries, as well as fancy restaurants offering prix-fixe fare. In addition to delicious German-style beers, you can sip the region’s renowned Riesling wines with your meals. Like baeckeoffe, flammekueche, choucroute, and fleischnacka.
Tarte flambée (Flammekueche) is the incredibly crave-worthy Alsatian equivalent of pizza, served on a thin, crispy rectangular crust and topped with crème fraîche, white cheese, thinly sliced onions and lardons (a French-style bacon of sorts). If visiting in spring, you must order a plate of Alsace’s famous white asparagus, traditionally eaten with ham and fresh-made mayonnaise. Pop into a local bakery to purchase another local specialty, kugelhopf, an Alsatian brioche cooked in the shape of a crown and typically flavored with raisins and almonds.
A city with mixed cultures, Strasbourg’s cuisine reflects the city’s past influences. Visitors should try the choucroute garnie, which is the most famous dish and is composed of sauerkraut with sausages and usually mashed potatoes. The coq au riesling is another typical dish, and has distinct German culinary elements, since it is served with spaetzle, a German type of noodle. For dessert, travelers can enjoy a tasty kugelhopf, already mentioned before.
9. La rentrée
La rentrée also means new book and film releases, new seasons at the opera and the theatre. Stay up to date with your French culture while you’re there.
10. En terrace
It’s so lovely to sit en terrace with a blanket and a steaming mug of hot chocolate.
Have a great day everyone!