When we planned our “Let’s go to Europe trip” we were just excited that Iceland Air would let us book with a stopover in Iceland on the way to Paris then fly out of Zurich. We chose those places because they sounded neat and their timetables worked with ours. So Strasbourg was no different. I needed a place that was in between Zurich and Paris and it was right in the middle and seemed like an interesting city.
I wanted to see the big church there and the clock inside it.
I’d heard the clock was hundreds of years old and it did something fancy at 11:30am. (PS. it was neat, but the awesome-est part of going there for the clock show was that the rest of the church gets emptied at that time so you have the whole place to yourself.)
We ended up climbing the stairs to the top of the church (they were steep with kids) and the views were phenomenal!
A lovely reader also sent me some awesome information about Strasbourg because she had been there and had family that lived there. (Thanks so much Colleen and Emma-you’re definitely one reason I love blogging!) I knew we were going to fall in love with this city.
But we were on Easter weekend so I was a little worried that things would shut down and we’d have nothing to do.
We found out that Strasbourg at a Easter is amazing. Everyone was out and about and it was vibrant and gorgeous.
Our hotel gave out little bunny flyers and with our basic French we knew if we brought them to a specific place at a specific time we would get a bunny-shaped SOMETHING. But we weren’t sure what that was.
That something ended up being a balloon and there were thousands of bunny shaped balloons and it was neat to see some of them soar high above the city.
The kids loved the amusement rides we found throughout the city too, that I think were only there for the Easter weekend too.
And there was a ton of shopping-I really enjoyed a stop at a cookie store even though I misread the signs and nearly paid hundreds of dollars for cookies. (It was at La Cure Gourmande Alpes and you might want to read the English reviews to understand how to get the cookies before you go.)
We had coffee and pastries at Pastisserie Koenig and the city felt so safe the guys loved wandering a little more independently.
We also had a fun time trying out our French in some cute little bakeries for snacks and we noticed that pretzels here were called “bretzels” and they were pretty tasty!
And one ice cream stand scooped ice cream in pretty flower shapes!
I was tempted to take the tram or little train we saw driving around or the neat looking flat boats that toured the city waterways but everyone was content to just walk and peruse the sights and we only had a few short days.
When we left Strasbourg we were really intrigued by the train station-it looked like a modern glass building but inside it housed what looked like an original station and we loved the design.
We had such a magical time in Strasbourg and it’s neat to think it was just chance that brought us there. I hope we pass through again.