Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, France

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Getting 2 for the price of 1 in Strasbourg

With Strasbourg, you get 2 countries for the price of 1. On the banks of the Rhine, Strasbourg's literally a stone's throw away from Germany, and there's an undeniable Franco-German feel to the city. Its Gothic-style churches and medieval streets, filled with half-timbered houses, look like they're straight out of a tale by the Brothers Grimm, and its many magnificent museums, galleries, and parks are among the best in the country. When you book a Strasbourg vacation rental, you can count on having a magical time in a truly wonderful city.

Strasbourg's streets are picture perfect

With its picture-postcard medieval and Renaissance-era neighborhoods, you just have to explore Strasbourg. Go by foot or by bike and roam the old town's twisted alleyways, cobbled squares, and flower-lined canals. When your belly starts to rumble, grab a bite to eat in a cozy tavern by the canals in Petite France. There are also numerous parks to traipse around in—the Parc de l'Orangerie and the Citadelle Park are 2 of the city's best. And if you happen to be in Strasbourg in December, take in the city's sprawling Christmas market, the oldest in France.

Strasbourg—straight out of a fairy tale

If you're a fan of Cinderella, Rapunzel, or Snow White, then you've come to the right place. Much of Strasbourg city center looks like it's been ripped from the pages of a fairy tale, nowhere more so than Petite France. This historic quarter has half-timbered medieval houses and old stone fortifications overlooking the scenic river Ill. Nearby, you'll find the Gothic-style Notre Dame Cathedral, which is every bit as impressive as its namesake in Paris. In the north of the city is the splendid Parc de'l Orangerie, a flower-filled park with a boating lake and an achingly romantic waterfall.

T-shirts in summer, coats in spring, and everything in winter

Like much of the city, Strasbourg's climate is more German than French. Its semi-continental climate means it experiences mild winters and warm summers. T-shirts are called for in July and August, when temperatures can get above 80 degrees, while raincoats are required in May, which is the city's wettest month. In winter it gets decidedly chilly, with average temperatures in the mid-30s. There's a high demand for Strasbourg vacation rentals in the peak summer months, so if you want to experience some nice weather, while also saving a few euros, your best bet is September.

An island unto itself on the mighty Rhine

Just 6 miles south of Strasbourg, in the middle of the mighty Rhine river, is Rohrschollen Island. Composed of more than 450 acres of lush forest, grassy meadows, and meandering streams, the island is rich in flora and fauna. Among the wildlife to be found on the island are numerous species of birds and amphibians, as well as reptiles, fish, insects, and other mammals. As a national reserve, the forest has managed to remain relatively unspoilt, and is open to the public. You can explore this little island and its remarkable ecosystem via several marked trails.