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7 Tips for Living in Strasbourg

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Strasbourg or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Strasbourg or thinking about moving there.

Strasbourg, is a vibrant city that offers a unique blend of French and German culture, making it a popular destination for expats and digital nomads. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and diverse culinary scene, Strasbourg is a city that never fails to captivate. Here are seven key tips to help you make the most of your time in this enchanting city.

1. Learn the Language

While many people in Strasbourg speak English, learning French will greatly enhance your experience. Not only will it make everyday tasks easier, but it will also help you connect with locals and immerse yourself in the culture. Consider taking a language course or using language learning apps to get started.

2. Explore the Neighborhoods

Strasbourg is made up of several distinct neighborhoods, each with its own charm. The city center, known as Grande Île, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the stunning Strasbourg Cathedral. Petite France is a picturesque area with half-timbered houses and canals. The European Quarter is where you'll find the European Parliament and other international institutions. Spend time exploring each neighborhood to discover what makes them unique.

3. Enjoy the Local Cuisine

Strasbourg's location on the French-German border has resulted in a unique culinary scene. Be sure to try local specialties like tarte flambée, choucroute garnie, and baeckeoffe. For a memorable dining experience, visit Au Pont Corbeau, a traditional Alsatian restaurant, or Le Clou, known for its cozy atmosphere and delicious food.

4. Take Advantage of Public Transportation

Strasbourg has an excellent public transportation system, making it easy to get around the city. The tram network is extensive and reliable, and there are also numerous bus routes. Consider getting a monthly pass for unlimited travel. Additionally, Strasbourg is a bike-friendly city with many dedicated bike lanes and bike-sharing programs.

5. Visit the Local Markets

Strasbourg is known for its markets, which are a great way to experience local culture and cuisine. The city's Christmas market is one of the oldest and largest in Europe, but there are also weekly food markets throughout the year. The market on Place Broglie is particularly popular, offering a wide range of fresh produce, cheese, meat, and baked goods.

6. Embrace the Outdoor Lifestyle

Strasbourg offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. The city is home to several beautiful parks, including Parc de l'Orangerie and Parc de la Citadelle. The nearby Vosges Mountains are perfect for hiking and skiing. Additionally, the city's location on the Rhine River makes it ideal for boating and other water sports.

7. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to feel at home in a new city is to get involved in the community. Look for local events, clubs, or groups that align with your interests. Volunteering is also a great way to meet people and contribute to the community. Remember, it's not just about adapting to life in Strasbourg, but also about enriching the city with your own unique contributions.

Living in Strasbourg as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding and enriching experience. By embracing the local culture, exploring the city, and getting involved in the community, you can make the most of your time in this beautiful and vibrant city.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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