Strasbourg started its first Christmas markets in 1570 in front of its Cathedral, and is home to one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe with nearly 300 stalls all over town. I remember reading an article about the Strasbourg Christmas markets (called “Christkindelsmärik” also “Marché de Noël” in French) I had the silly idea of doing a grand tour of the “best of” in Europe, with Strasbourg as the official first stop as it is self-named the “Capital of Christmas”.
Getting here was an interesting challenge. There are high-speed trains from Paris to Strasbourg, making the trip under three hours. In addition Strasbourg also has an airport, so flying there is also a possibility – but flights are not as frequent. Luckily I was able to buy a plane ticket that took me to Strasbourg, making the cost minimal – and with a stopover in Brussels (if you haven’t read the previous post that is).
My first impression was that the city center is very small; you could walk all over city center without the need for public transportation. Many pedestrian zones around city center also make walking very easy. For Christmas, there main markets are around Place Kléber, Place Broglie and then the Cathedral. There is also a huge fir tree at Place Kléber that draws crowds. Many of the city streets and buildings are also illuminated during Christmastime, bringing Christmas magic to its visitors.