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Strasbourg River Cruises

About Strasbourg

Perhaps best known for being the seat of the European Parliament, Strasbourg is located in the east of France, close to the border with Germany, meaning that it’s a city influenced by the cultures and flavours of both nations. The Rhine River flows along a significant portion of the border, making the city a natural port of call on a number of cruises which explore the river. Strasbourg has a wealth of history to its name and like many strategically-located European settlements, was an outpost during the days of the Roman Empire. Since then, Huns, Franks and the German Empire have all had possession of the city and a role in both world wars ensures that Strasbourg has a wealth of history and landmarks to discover.

Exploring Strasbourg

There’s certainly more than one Notre Dame Cathedral in the world and of course, though the world’s most famous one can’t be found in Strasbourg it is still one of the city’s most celebrated landmarks. This gothic wonder was once the tallest building in the world and even in today’s modern age, it’s an impressive sight to behold. There are some impressive works of stained glass to enjoy as well as the famous astronomical clock, which is always a tourist favourite. St Pierre le June is probably the city’s second most popular place of worship for visitors, boasting some truly impressive Frescos and a stunning altarpiece.

The best way to soak up the city’s atmosphere is by heading to La Petite France, which is the perfect example of why Strasbourg was the first city to have its centre designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cobbled streets and medieval buildings contribute to the unique atmosphere of this very special area, which is actually located on islands in the river, which creates a number of canal-like waterways which only add to the ambience. For a commanding view of La Petite France and indeed the rest of Strasbourg from above, head to Barrage Vauban, a historic tower monument on the river.

For a fascinating look at times gone by in the Alsace region, the Musee Alsacien takes visitors on an informative journey from the 1400s to the 1900s, showing how people lived and worked. If you’ve just visited Notre Dame, one attraction located conveniently close by is another museum, the Strasbourg Musee de L’Oeuvre, which houses a number of sculptures which originally started off life in the cathedral. There is also a wealth of artwork on display dating as far back as the Middle Ages and a visit to the museum complements a visit to the cathedral perfectly.

Those in search of a little greenery on their river cruise should head for the city’s beautiful Botanical Gardens for more organised flora or the Parc du Chateau de Pourtales for a more wild and natural stroll around the park.

Strasbourg tips

Strasbourg is a great place to try the local brew, as the Alsace region was the first one in France to produce beer. The city has quite a lot of breweries and if beer is a special interest for you, it’s good to know you can explore a number of these breweries for free. 

Strasbourg Itineraries

Amsterdam

Rhine Christmas Markets with Switzerland

3 sailing dates December 2023 to December 2024
11 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Heidelberg

The Majestic Rhine & Berlin: Basel - Berlin

2 sailing dates June 2023 to August 2023
9 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Berlin
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Koblenz

Zurich - Lucerne & The Majestic Rhine

2 sailing dates June 2023 to August 2023
10 Nights From Zurich, to Frankfurt
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2929pp
Basel

Berlin & The Majestic Rhine: Berlin - Basel

2 sailing dates July 2023 to September 2023
9 Nights From Berlin, to Switzerland , Basel
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2719pp
Mainz

The Majestic Rhine & Lucerne - Zurich

2 sailing dates July 2023 to September 2023
10 Nights From Frankfurt, to Zurich
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2929pp
Basel

Jewels of the Rhine & Copenhagen

7 sailing dates April 2023 to September 2023
10 Nights From Copenhagen, to Switzerland , Basel
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3019pp
Koln

Zurich - Lucerne & Jewels of the Rhine

26 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2024
10 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2929pp
Heidelberg

Christmas Markets on the Rhine from Amsterdam

1 sailing date December 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Koblenz

Christmas on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2022
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Strasbourg

Jewels of the Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

4 sailing dates June 2023 to October 2024
9 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2659pp
Zurich

Jewels of the Rhine - Zurich to Amsterdam

21 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2024
12 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3419pp
Koblenz

Amsterdam & Jewels of the Rhine - Amsterdam

3 sailing dates June 2023 to August 2024
12 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3419pp
Breisach

Discover the Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle

2 sailing dates July 2023 to August 2023
14 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £4989pp
Cochem

Discover the Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle

2 sailing dates June 2023 to August 2023
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Frankfurt
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Strasbourg

Rhine & Moselle Christmas Markets -Amster to Basel

2 sailing dates December 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Amsterdam

Rhine & Moselle Christmas Markets -Basel to Amster

2 sailing dates December 2022 to December 2023
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam

Includes flights and overseas transfers

APT Cruising logo FROM £1639pp
Amsterdam

Rhine Christmas Markets with Switzerland

1 sailing date December 2022
11 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Basel

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Amsterdam to Basel

15 sailing dates April 2023 to September 2024
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4339pp
Basel

Rhine Christmas Markets with Switzerland

5 sailing dates December 2022 to December 2024
11 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4229pp
Avignon

Seven River Journeys

1 sailing date April 2023
60 Nights From Avignon, France to , Giurgiu
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