Landmarks Walking Tour (Self Guided), Strasbourg

Strasbourg is a very popular tourist destination because it offers you many wonderful sights. The city has the reputation of being one of the most beautiful cities of France, so during your walking tour here don't miss out on the chance to see some of the most famous landmarks of Strasbourg, listed below.
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Guide Name: Landmarks Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Strasbourg (See other walking tours in Strasbourg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: irenebo
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Goethe's Monument
  • Le Pont Kennedy
  • Place de la République
  • Monument au Général Leclerc
  • Place Kléber
  • Place Gutenberg
  • Place de la Cathédrale
  • Place du Marché-aux-Cochons-de-Lait
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Goethe's Monument

1) Goethe's Monument

Goethe's Monument is situated on the Place de l'Universite. It was constructed in memory of the years that "Germany's greatest man of letters" spent in Strasbourg.
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Le Pont Kennedy

2) Le Pont Kennedy

Le pont Kennedy takes it's name because of its location in the vicinity of the Consulate of the United States. It is also known as the "Four Men's Bridge", because it is surrounded by four monumental sculptures in sandstone, each representing a worker in action.
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Place de la République

3) Place de la République (must see)

Place de la République is located in is located in the very heart of Strasbourg's "German quarter". The square is on the border between the historic city and the new one. It is surrounded on three sides by five buildings only, of which none is residential: the Parliament of Alsace-Lorraine (now the National Theater of Strasbourg), the Palace of the Emperor (now the Palais du Rhin) mixing different architectural styles (Italian Renaissance, Baroque, Classical), the National and University Library, the Préfecture of Grand Est and Bas-Rhin, and the tax center Hôtel des impôts. All of these buildings are classified as "monuments historiques".

Why You Should Visit:
To see one, if not the only, remaining example of fabulous German architecture in the world since all the stunning examples in Germany were destroyed in WWII.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Monument au Général Leclerc

4) Monument au Général Leclerc

The Monument au Général Leclerc, situated in the Broglie square, was constructed in memory of Philippe Leclerc, the famous World War II French general.
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Place Kléber

5) Place Kléber

It is well worth taking time to visit the Place Kleber which is the biggest square in the heart of the city’s commercial district. The square has been a central meeting place since it was laid out in the 14th century and it took its name in 1840 after the General Jean Baptiste Kleber, whose statue stands in the center of the square. The statue was erected in 1838 by Philippe Grass. The general’s remains are in a vault under the statue. The general served in Napoleon’s army during the campaign in Egypt in 1798 and 1799. When Napoleon returned to Paris, he named the general Commander of the French Forces. Kleber was assassinated in 1800 in Cairo. His body was repatriated and kept in the Chateau d’If off the Marseille coast until being interred in his native Strasbourg thirty years later. An interesting building along the north side of the square is the Aubette, built in 1772 by Jacque-François Blondel. Once a military post, it was given its name in the 19th century, from the dawn (aube) changing of the guard. In 1928 the artists Jean Arp, Theo van Doesburg and Sophie Taeuber-Arp decorated the dance hall; this work of art is called the “Sistine Chapel of Abstract Art” The Aubette today is a leisure center that often holds art exhibitions. One part of the building has been a shopping mall since 2008.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Place Gutenberg

6) Place Gutenberg (must see)

One destination that should be on your “must-see” list is the Place Gutenberg which lies in the center of medieval Strasbourg, not far from the Cathedral.

This large square is a favorite for locals and tourists alike as it has a lot of excellent cafes and restaurants. The Chamber of Commerce building occupies one side of the square and is easily recognizable with its Renaissance style, but with the sloping roof that is typical of Alsace, where winter snow is a way of life.

There is a 16th-century hotel on the square where Arthur Young was staying when revolutionists destroyed the city’s magistrates records and where today art exhibitions are held on the ground floor. Another attraction is the flea markets that often set up around the statue in the center of the square.

The statue is, quite obviously, dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg; it was sculpted by David d’Angers in 1840 and features the famous printer holding a piece of parchment on which is inscribed the words “Et la lumière fut” (And behold, there was light) from the Book of Genesis. Around the base of the statue, bas reliefs depict notable scenes from Gutenberg’s life.

Not many people know that apart from being the inventor of the first mechanical, movable printing press in Europe in 1439 and the publisher of the Gutenberg Bible in 1455, Gutenberg lived in Strasbourg between 1434-44, where he was an apprentice goldsmith, set to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Place de la Cathédrale

7) Place de la Cathédrale (must see)

Place de la Cathédrale in Strasbourg is surrounded by a variety of buildings of different architectural styles. This square hosts one of the Christmas markets in December and some beautiful light illuminations in summer. Warning! It is also the meeting place of all the winds of Strasbourg – and if that's rather nice in the warm season, you might get a taste of Siberia during winter!
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Place du Marché-aux-Cochons-de-Lait

8) Place du Marché-aux-Cochons-de-Lait

Place du Marché-aux-Cochons-de-Lait is considered to be a truly charming square that definitely deserves to be visited. It is surrounded by different types of houses.

Walking Tours in Strasbourg, France

Create Your Own Walk in Strasbourg

Create Your Own Walk in Strasbourg

Creating your own self-guided walk in Strasbourg is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums Walking Tour in Strasbourg

Museums Walking Tour in Strasbourg

Art has an important role to play in Strasbourg's culture. There are various museums, divided according to area, type and period, which represent European art through the ages. Don't miss the chance to visit some of Strasbourg's most popular art museums listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Nightlife Walk

Nightlife Walk

Strasbourg's nightlife is very vibrant due to the city's student population. Usually hangout time starts at 11 p.m. and ends at 6 a.m. Many of the hotspots are clustered around the cathedral and along rue des Juifs. Be sure to visit the hottest venues listed below.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Strasbourg for Kids

Strasbourg for Kids

Strasbourg, situated in the Alsace region of France, is a very popular tourist destination. Is famous for its great architecture. The city centre is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Also you'll find here a lot of attractions meant for children. Check out the most interesting destinations for your children in this self-guided tour of Strasbourg.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Modern Architecture Walking Tour

Modern Architecture Walking Tour

Strasbourg, the main city of the Alsace region in France, is modern and constantly developing. It is known the numerous European Institutions that it harbors and is famous all over Europe for its modern architecture. Here is a list of examples of Strasbourg's modern architecture that you should take into consideration in your walking tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles
The German Quarter Walking Tour

The German Quarter Walking Tour

Strasbourg's close proximity to the border of Germany is why German culture has influenced much of the social and cultural life of the city. This walking tour will lead you to some of the most visited sights of the German Quarter of Strasbourg.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Famous Squares and Streets Walking Tour

Famous Squares and Streets Walking Tour

Strasbourg holds the reputation for being one of the most beautiful cities in all of France. Visitors of this city should spend some time walking through some of the famous squares in the area to appreciate all Strasbourg has to offer. Check out some of the top tourist sights in the following walking tour:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles