STRASBOURG GUIDED TOUR - INCLUDING FAST PASS CATHEDRAL ENTRANCE & AUDIO HEADSET
- Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)
Explore the History and Beauty of Strasbourg with Our Expert Guide
Follow a certified guide around the old pedestrian areas, the Cathedral and the Petite France neighborhood. The tour includes major landmarks such as Maison Kammerzell, Gutenberg square, St. Thomas church, the former tanners’ houses, the Covered Bridge and many more.
The old city centers around its Gothic cathedral, Our Lady of Strasbourg, built of red sandstone and described by Victor Hugo as a “gigantic and delicate marvel”! Follow your guide for the visit of the Cathedral* including the marvelous façade that provides one of the finest picture books of the Middle Ages that you will ever see. The hundreds of sculptures which almost seem to leap out at you from the wall make great use of light and shadow effects. Another major attraction that your guide will comment are the stained-glass windows dating from the 12th and 14th centuries and that form a particularly enchanting sight along with the rose window. Finally, the highlight of the visit is the amazing Renaissance astronomical clock. Built in 1843 it features an orrery, a rotating display of the sun and moon, a planetary calendar, and even a mechanical rooster. Each day at around 12:30, the bird crows and a conga line of apostles issues forth from the clockworks, led by a little Christ.
* Please note that you will need to purchase the audio headset rental as you book this tour. This purchase also includes a fast pass access with your guide that will avoid the waiting that can be quite important at some times of the year.
The Old Town & Petite France district
After the visit of the Cathedral, reach the Petite France district. Historically, this was the poor section of the city occupied by mills and tanneries, both of which depended on the river and its downward flowing branches to support their work. Today, the neighborhood is one of the most charming of Strasbourg with its colorful 16th and 17th century half-timbered houses such as the ‘Maison des Tanneurs’ that your guide will certainly point out.
Your walk in this charming area will lead you to our final stop: a series of fortified bridges and their three towers. This succession of three bridges linking arms with the Ill River is dominated by three 14th century towers, remains of the ancient medieval ramparts, which totalized 90 towers. The bridges themselves were once capped by a wooden roof.
- Pick up and return at hotel
- Services of a certified guide
- 2 hour tour
- Audio headset and Fast Pass Tickets to Cathedral (fee paid at time of booking)
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Meals and drinks
- Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions
- Gratuities for the guide