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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Strasbourg

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Strasbourg each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

February 14: Valentine's Day (celebrated nationwide)

In France, Valentine's Day holds great importance as a celebration of love. Couples take advantage of this day to exchange missives and gifts as proof of their devotion, as well as red roses, symbolizing passion. Restaurants and cafés are besieged, particularly those offering a romantic atmosphere.

May 1 : Labour Day (national holiday)

On the first of May, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily-of-the-valley to close ones. Many vendors occupy the pavement on that occasion!

July 14 : Bastille Day (national holiday)

This holiday celebrates both the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution, and the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. Each year, Strasbourg commemorates this event by organising a huge dance party on Place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, followed by an exceptional fireworks display set off from the Parc de l'Etoile.

August 15 : Assumption Day (national holiday)

This celebration, still very popular in Strasbourg, is marked by several religious ceremonies.

Third weekend in September: European Heritage Days (celebrated nationwide)

The aim of the European Heritage Days is to open up numerous sites and monuments, many of which are normally closed to the public. Each year, around 50 places of cultural interest in Strasbourg take part in this event: public and private buildings, museums, etc.

November–December : Christmas Market (local event)

In Strasbourg, the Christkindelsmärik or “Christ child market” is a true institution! For nearly five hundred years, this Christmas market has been held on Place Broglie. It is the oldest market of its kind in France and without doubt one of the best in Europe.

December 6 : Saint Nicholas Day (local event)

Saint Nicholas Day is celebrated throughout eastern France. It is an opportunity for children to meet both Saint Nicholas and his companion Le Père Fouettard, whose name translates as “Father Whipper”, the French equivalent of the Krampus in Germany and Austria or Zwarte Piet in the Netherlands. While the first distributes maënnele (little brioche rolls in the shape of Saint Nicholas) and other sweets (chocolates, gingerbread), the second playfully chastises all those who have not been good during the year!

December 25 : Christmas (national holiday)

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Strasbourg

rasbourg has a continental climate and experiences the greatest temperature range in France, with a marked contrast between the seasons. Winters (December to March) are very cold and summers (June to September) are very warm. Snow falls often for a good part of the winter. Thunderstorms are frequent during the summer months.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January -1/30 4/39 32/1.3 Not the best period to go
February -1/30 6/43 34/1.3 Not the best period to go
March 2/36 11/52 43/1.7 Not the best period to go
April 5/41 16/61 46/1.8 Not the best period to go
May 10/50 20/68 82/3.2 Good period to go Good period to go
June 13/55 23/73 72/2.8 Good period to go Good period to go
July 15/59 26/79 73/2.9 Good period to go Good period to go
August 14/57 25/77 61/2.4 Good period to go Good period to go
September 11/52 21/70 63/2.5 Good period to go Good period to go
October 7/45 15/59 61/2.4 Not the best period to go
November 3/37 9/48 47/1.9 Not the best period to go
December 0/32 5/41 50/2.0 Good period to go Good period to go
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Strasbourg-Entzheim International Airport

Strasbourg-Entzheim International Airport is located 12 kilometres (7 miles) south-west of Strasbourg.

  • One terminal

Getting from the airport to Strasbourg and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via the A35 motorway and the D400 road, about 15 minutes to/from the city centre.
    • Several parking facilities are available:
      • P1 (pick-up and drop-off area), free for the first 15 minutes.
      • P2 (short-term, outdoor parking), EUR 4 for 30 minutes.
      • P3 (short and long-term, covered parking), EUR 4.50 for 30 minutes.
      • P4 (reserved for tour operators), free for charter flight passengers, otherwise EUR 50.00 for 7 days.
      • P5(long-term parking), EUR 39.00 for 7 days.
    • Several car rental companies have counters at the airport.
  • By rail
    • A shuttle train service connects the airport with the Strasbourg Ville train station in the city centre, with 4 running every hour at peak times. The trip takes just 9 minutes and the fare is EUR 2.60 per person.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks just outside the airport. The fare to central Strasbourg starts at about EUR 35.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, pharmacy, money changer available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +33 (0)3 88 64 67 67
  • Website: http://www.strasbourg.aeroport.fr

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GETTING AROUND Strasbourg

Strasbourg is a city with a relatively small central area. It is therefore quite easy to get around on foot or by bicycle. In addition, the city offers a good range of public transport options, all of them convenient and efficient.

By bus and tram

Public transport is highly developed in Strasbourg and its surroundings. More than 30 bus lines and 6 tram lines operate along the city's main thoroughfares. These systems serve not only Strasbourg itself but also several adjoining municipalities, including Schiltigheim, Ostwald and Bischheim.

Fares:

  • EUR 1.60 for a single ticket
  • EUR 9.60 for a book of 10 tickets
  • EUR 4.30 for a ticket offering unlimited rides for one person over a 24-hour period
  • EUR 6.40 for a Trio ticket, valid for unlimited rides by two or three people over a 24-hour period

All of these tickets are valid for travel throughout Strasbourg Eurométropole and Kehl.

On foot

Exploring on foot is the best way to visit Strasbourg's historic centre. Strolling through Petite France, criss-crossed by narrow lanes, canals and locks, to admire the half-timbered houses, or in the area surrounding Notre Dame Cathedral is an enchanting experience!

By bicycle

With nearly 600 kilometres (373 miles) of cycling paths, bike-friendly Strasbourg offers one of the most extensive and comprehensive networks of its kind in France. Many bicycling parking stations are available throughout the city. Thanks to the public bike rental service Vélhop, it is very simple to hire a bicycle for all daily trips in Strasbourg Eurométropole.

Rates :

  • EUR 1 for an hour
  • EUR 6 for an entire day
  • EUR 18 for 7 days

Useful tip:For less athletic visitors, Vélhop also offers electric-assisted bicycles known as VAE (Vélhop à Assistance Electrique). Rental fees are EUR 10 per day or EUR 40 per week.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Strasbourg, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

Strasbourg Tourist Office

Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

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Medical information

Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Food safety

There are no specific food safety risks. French government authorities promote good hygiene practices and put in place strengthened control procedures for sites especially frequented by tourists during the summer months.

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Strasbourg.

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Useful addresses

As a general rule, a visa is required to enter France. Foreign nationals in the two categories listed below are not required to carry a visa for stays of 90 days or less:

  • Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or the Swiss Confederation
  • Citizens or nationals of certain foreign countries.

For stays of more than 90 days, a long-stay visa is required.

Travellers from all other countries must be in possession of a visa, regardless of the length of their stay. Visa applications must be submitted to the nearest French Embassy or French Consulate in the country of permanent residence well in advance of departure.

For further information, visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/getting-a-visa/

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Useful addresses

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Strasbourg, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Strasbourg a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bonjour

Good evening: Bonsoir

Good-bye: Au revoir

Yes: Oui

No: Non

No, thank you: Non, merci

Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup

I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas.

Could you repeat that?: Pouvez-vous répéter ?

Please: S'il vous plaît.

What time is it?: Quelle heure est-il ?

Excuse me: Excusez-moi.

Airport: Aéroport

Train station: Gare

Taxi: Taxi

Hotel: Hôtel

Hospital: Hôpital

Bank: Banque

Telephone: Téléphone

I'm (…): Je suis (…).

I'm looking for (…): Je recherche (…).

How much is (…)?: Quel est le prix de (…) ?

Do you have (…)?: Avez-vous (…) ?

Where can I find (…)?: Où puis-je trouver (…) ?

Where can I buy (…)?: Où puis-je acheter (…) ?

I'd like (…): Je voudrais (…).

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Good to know

00 33
+ phone number without the 0
0 : 00
of time difference with
Hamburg
Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March

End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

Banks
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Government Offices
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

Tipping
In Strasbourg like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.