City Centre, the best area to stay in Strasbourg
Sightseeing, tourists, Christmas markets
The City centre, a 5-minute walk from the train station, is the overall best area to stay in Strasbourg. When you look at the map of Strasbourg, Grand Ile is an island created by the River Ill and the canal. Within the fairytale-like, narrow streets of the Grand Ile, you will find numerous unique shops selling local products and Christmas Ornaments, souvenir shops, museums, quirky cafes with lively terraces and restaurants offering delicious local and world cuisine.
La Petite France is the best area to stay in Strasbourg for couples. It is a pedestrian-only area, perfect for romantic strolls by the canal in the evenings. Despite being in the heart of the city centre, the area is calm in the nighttime as the nightlife moves to the centre of Grand Ile and Krutenau. Discover the Covered Bridges, Dam Vauban or take a panoramic boat tour - Batorama, along the canal.
Hotels in Strasbourg City Centre
Other areas to stay in Strasbourg
Quartier Européen - Orangerie
European institutions, Strasbourg Exhibition Centre
This elegant quarter in the northwest of Strasbourg is perfectly located, within the walking distance of the city centre and European institutions, among embassies and consulates. It makes for an ideal area to stay for everyone looking to enjoy both of Strasbourg's main attractions without being in the middle of everything.
Here, you will experience a different, political, side of Strasbourg. Pay a visit to the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights. Relax in Orangerie Park or rent a little wooden boat for romantic couples activity. This area is also great for families with little children as there is a free Zoo within the Park, and if you visit in the spring, you can see stork nests on the trees! Storks are a symbol of Alsace, so don’t be surprised when you see them in every souvenir shop.
Hotels in Quartier Européen
Nightlife, restaurants, backpackers
Located southwest of the city centre, this up-and-coming area is a vibrant hot spot with affordable accommodation, plenty of restaurants, thrift shops and lively nightlife. It is the best area to stay in Strasbourg for backpackers and budget travellers, as this is where you will find cheap hostels and budget-friendly accommodations.
Krutenau is considered as an extension of the city centre, with Place du Corbeau and Place d’Austerlitz as the hot spots for after-work happy hours and casual dinners. It is a perfect opportunity to sample some Alsatian wines! Most nightclubs are located in this area if you want to discover Strasbourg’s nightlife. On the other hand, the University area of Esplanade is significantly calmer than Krutenau and Bourse, as it is a predominantly residential neighbourhood. It is perfect for families and travellers who prefer to stay in the quiet areas of the city while still being only a 10-minute tram ride from the city centre.
Hotels in Krutenau
Neudorf - Port du Rhin
With a car, cheaper hotels
South of the city centre, close to the German Border, is where you will find Neudorf and Port du Rhin Quarters. There are not many tourist attractions in the area, apart from the Bridge of Europe connecting France and Germany. The view from the bridge is spectacular. You can even cross the bridge on foot or by bike, so you can tell a cool story about how you walked from France to Germany. Jardin des Deux Rives in Port du Rhin is where many open-air events are organized, including traditional fireworks and Fête Nationale du 14 Juillet.
These neighbourhoods might seem far from the city centre on the map, but it takes less than half an hour by tram to reach Place Kleber. Alternatively, you can bike to the city centre! Strasbourg is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, with kilometres of bike lanes across the city.
Hotels in Neudorf
Strasbourg Train Station - Centre Gare
Railway station, shopping, cheaper hotels
Train Station quarter is a lively neighbourhood, just a 5-minute walk from La Petite France and the City centre. As the name suggests, it is where you will find Strasbourg’s main Railway station, which makes it a convenient location for everyone travelling by train or aeroplane, as a train connects Strasbourg with its Airport. All tram lines pass through the Gare quarter, which makes it very convenient to reach every part of the city. You can also rent a Velhop bike at the Gare for an ultimate Strasbourg experience.
This area is an excellent budget-friendly alternative to staying in the heart of the city centre. It is a great choice for visiting Strasbourg Christmas Market if you want to enjoy the Markets but relax away from the crowds. Most well-known hotels are in the Gare quarter, such as Hôtel Mercure, Novotel Hotel and Hotel Tandem.
Hotels in Strasbourg Train Station
Families, nature, calm
Located in the north of the city, Robertsau is another great area to stay in for everybody visiting Strasbourg for a work-related trip to the European Institutions. Robertsau is more of a residential than a tourist area, but it is just a brief 10-minute walk from the European Parliament and Council of Europe Buildings and a 20-minute direct Tram ride from the city centre.
This lush green neighbourhood is ideal for anyone looking for a quiet place to stay with a good connection to the city center. Robertsau is a highly desirable area to live in, and you will love the calm, family-friendly atmosphere of the neighbourhood. The Robertsau forest in the north is the green heart of the city, with an 18th-century Chateau you can stay at. There is no beach in Strasbourg, but nature enthusiasts will love the possibility to hike many trails in the forest and see the waterfalls within the city’s borders.
Hotels in Robertsau