Strasbourg for Kids, Strasbourg (Self Guided)

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.
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Guide Name: Strasbourg for Kids
Guide Location: France » Strasbourg (See other walking tours in Strasbourg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: irenebo
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Carrousel de la Place Gutenberg

1) Carrousel de la Place Gutenberg

Carrousel de la Place Gutenberg is one of those attractions that most children would find highly amusing. They will enjoy and cherish the merry time that they spend here.
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La Cure Gourmande Alpes

2) La Cure Gourmande Alpes

La Cure Gourmande Alpes is a candy shop that is designed to create an unforgettable impression on every child's mind. Here you can find all kinds of biscuits, candies and chocolates covered with sugar nuts.
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
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Le Vaisseau

3) Le Vaisseau (must see)

If your kids are starting to get a little stir-crazy visiting official buildings and churches, treat them to a fun time out at Le Vaisseau in the Neudorf area of the city. This educational center opened its doors in 2005 and it is where each child can learn all sorts of things in interesting and amusing ways.

With over 130 interactive units, 3D films, workshops, and a large educational garden, the activity leaders take the kids on a journey to discover science, technology and the world around us – and they’ll patiently answer all the “Why” questions children ask all day long.

The permanent exhibitions consist of: I Build – where children can use their imagination to plan and build their own project; Water – understanding the physical properties of water, its social and societal stakes and the techniques created to master it; Log'hic – solving brain-teasers, enigmas and puzzles to get acquainted with mathematical notions.

The space dedicated to Animals teaches children to respect the animal world and they can climb into a kangaroo’s pouch, see an ant farm and take part in the game of naming as many animals as they can.

After animals, they can discover their own body and learn to know themselves better in Being Human. The Garden will introduce them to plant and insect life; there is a pond full of fish, frogs and tadpoles and they can visit the dwarf sheep and the resident hamster.

The center has a shop that sells educative games and souvenirs and there is a cafeteria where you can enjoy a salad or sandwiches and soft drinks. The exhibitions are in English, French, German and most of them are also in Braille.

Tip:
Being quite small, the cafeteria can't serve guest's needs (mostly families) quickly and the food runs out in the afternoon, so it's worth bringing your own food for lunch (or eating before/after going) as they have an open food area.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm
Closed on Mondays, Jan 1st, May 1st, Dec 15th/25th, and the first 3 weeks of September
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Tomi Ungerer Museum

4) Tomi Ungerer Museum (must see)

Opened in November 2007, this museum is dedicated to the work of Strasbourg-born artist Tomi Ungerer and displays 8,000 graphic works of all kind by Ungerer and some of his most famous colleagues (Saul Steinberg, Ronald Searle, André François...) as well as Ungerer's large collection of ancient toys and regular, special exhibitions.

The museum is located in one half of the former Villa Greiner, a spacious villa built in 1884, and spread over three floors. The ground floor is dedicated to Ungerer's work as a children's book illustrator, the first floor is dedicated to his work as a political caricaturist and satirical cartoonist. The basement—not accessible for children—is dedicated to his erotic and semi-pornographic drawings. The museum is set inside a particularly lovely garden.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Mon: 10am-6pm; closed on Tuesdays
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Théâtre Jeune Public

5) Théâtre Jeune Public

Théâtre Jeune Public, since 1991 the National Dramatic Theater for Children and Youth, is the only theater in Strasbourg with plays for children and teenagers. It offers entertainment for children of 18 months onwards. The desirable age for spectators is always indicated on the playbill of the performance.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Jardin Botanique

6) Jardin Botanique (must see)

Any park in the heart of a big city is a haven and this second oldest botanical garden in France is a beautiful place to escape the hustle and bustle for a few hours.

Laid out on 3.5 hectares, the garden is managed by the University of Strasbourg. There are an arboretum and four greenhouses – the Bary Greenhouse, which was built in 1888 and is the only survivor of a hailstorm in 1958; the Cold Greenhouse, the Greenhouse of Grasses and the Tropical Greenhouse, were put up in 1967.

There are plots for ecological and useful plants, a Systematic Garden – which is used by students from the Institute of Botany to identify different plants, their intertwined relationships and their evolutionary development. There is also a large pond. The garden boasts about 15,000 specimens representing more than 6,000 species.

Tip:
There are plenty of benches to sit, but they are quite a distance from the entrance to the garden.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 2-7pm (May-Aug); 2-6pm (Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct); 2-4pm (Nov-Dec 23)
Guided tours: Each first Sunday of the month at 3pm (Mar-Dec)
Free admission
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Parc de l'Orangerie

7) Parc de l'Orangerie (must see)

Parc de l'Orangerie is a beautiful big park – you can definitely get lost inside. It is approximately 3 km in circumference and has a lovely little lake with rowboats, water features, as well as a free zoo, farm zoo (fees apply), and mechanical car circuit for kids. Lots of benches to sit down and relax, as well as a few ice cream/nut stands depending on the season, and a restaurant, ten-pin bowling, free exercise equipment areas, free table tennis, and lots of playgrounds. The rose gardens are beautiful and there's even a library of free reading material.

Tip:
Check out the flamingos in the mini zoo – a beautiful splash of color!

Opening Hours:
24/7, free admission
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Strasbourg Downtown Walking Tour

Strasbourg Downtown Walking Tour

Strasbourg is considered the daughter of the Rhine River. It is famous for its history, cathedrals, architecture and gastronomy. In this walking tour you will discover interesting historical sights. All attractions are located in the heart of Strasbourg and are easy to find.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Landmarks Walking Tour

Landmarks Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
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
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
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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Strasbourg for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Strasbourg has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Strasbourg, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.