We are planning a day in Strausbourg during our trip to the Black Forest in late October. Any advice for spending a day there? Is the "Strausbourg Pass" offered by the Tourist Office worth getting?
I don't know anything about the Strasbourg Pass but there's plenty to do and see in the city, especially the huge cathedral. It is just immense and the view from up top is great if you don't mind climbing a lot of steps. Everything is contained right in the old town so it's easily explored on foot. I used Lonely Planet's guidebook all the times I went and got quite a bit out of it. Best place to see (and eat) is in the "La Petite France" area. Food is really good - French quality mixed with German portion sizes.
The "batorama" river cruises are fun and give you an interesting perspective of the city.
Strasbourg is a gem where you will find good food, a wonderful museum - the Rohan Palace and one of the most significant gothic cathedrals in Europe. I agree that the bateau ride is enjoyable. The Folk Museum is one of my favorites. Strasbourg is a place where you park the car and walk everywhere. Tarte Flambe is the food specialty and Alsatian beer is some of Europe's best.
Try to take the "Route de Vins", if you are driving. This route will take you through charming and historic Alsatian wine villages. Lots of history here with the birthplace of Albert Schweitzer and World War history, both I and II.
Enjoy your trip!
Linda Lee Henriksen
Make a day trip at least of Strasbourg, better still stay 3 full days. As pointed out above, Strasbourg is amazing, not just for the Strassburger Dom but also for seeing the university, which I have not yet done. I have been to Strasbourg a few times, it has the best beer in France (IMO), great food...it's also a city to practice both your French and German, as a lot of the people in the service industry are fluent or proficient in both languages.
I did a wine tour between Strasbourg and Colmar and it was a lot of fun. The gothic cathederal was probably one of the most awe inspiring sights on my entire trip through Europe, I still talk about it to people all of the time....amazing!