Hotel in Alsace and tourism in Strasbourg
Strasbourg, European capital
After the Second World War, Strasbourg became thecapital of Europe, a symbol of French-German reconciliation. Since then, the town has become home to several international institutions, which are noteworthy as much for their functions as for their contemporary architecture.
The neighbourhood occupied by European institutions is just a few minutes from the Hotel Villa d'Est. In particular, you will find the Council of Europe, a centre for human rights. Visits are available by prior appointment. Not far away, on the banks of the river, stands the very distinctive outline of the European Court of Human Rights. Conferences are organised there regularly. Also, it is possible to visit the European Parliament and its hemicycle, recognisable by its oblong shape.Find out more of Strasbourg
On the Alsace Wine Route
During your stay at our hotel in Strasbourg, do not miss a trip along the Alsace Wine Route. It will lead you through the vineyards, from flower-covered villages to welcoming wineries. From Strasbourg, take this route to Marlenheim and follow the signs which will lead you along the 170 km route at the foot of the Vosges.
A few minutes from the Villa d'Est, start your wine tour with the Strasbourg vineyard: in particular, you will discover Moslheim and Obernai, typical Bas-Rhin villages, as well as Mont Sainte-Odile. Many wine footpaths lead you through the vineyards; do not forget to visit the wineries and estates and taste the Sylvaner, Pinot, Muscat, Riesling, Gewurztraminer wines, and many more.
On the Wine Route, discover some of the most beautiful villages in Alsace:
Riquewihr, a medieval town known as the "Pearl of the Alsatian vineyards"
Ribeauvillé, its three castles, its picturesque neighbourhoods
Eguisheim, "one of the most beautiful villages in France"Alsace Wine Route official website
A historic centre listed by UNESCO
In the meanders of the Ill, discover the historic centre of Strasbourg. In 1988, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Alsatian town offers a very rich architectural heritage which reflects a number of different periods and styles; authentic half-timbered houses in the Petite France neighbourhood, large Haussmann residences in the centre, and some residential neighbourhoods or buildings with a German-style architecture.
The centre is almost entirely pedestrianised and is ideal for leisurely strolls and visits. Treat yourself to some shopping at the department stores and the many boutiques before visiting Notre-Dame de Strasbourg Cathedral, the second highest cathedral in France. A short walk away lies the Palais Rohan, home to the Museums of Fine Arts, Decorative Arts and Archaeology.
Follow the quayside or set out for an excursion aboard a river boat. You will discover the Vauban fortifications, the covered bridges, the district occupied by the European institutions, and much more.
With Strasbourg being recognised as the capital of Christmas, do not miss the famous and unique Christmas Market. Marvel at the stalls on Place de la Cathédrale or Place Broglie; the magnificent Christmas tree on Place Kleber, the multitude of illuminations which light up the town, and the many activities organised for your pleasure. Enjoy an unforgettable Christmas in Alsace!The Tourist Office's of Strasbourg website Book online Special offers