Are you a cinema buff?
Strasbourg is home to Europe’s largest cinema at UGC Ciné-cité. It can screen up to 25 films at any one time, either in their original version with sub-titles or dubbed into French.
The city centre also boasts several picture houses. Each house specialises in a specific genre of cinema:
- Le Star, 27 rue du Jeu des Enfants and Star St Exupéry, 18 rue du 22 Novembre: Art and Experimental – auteur films or films intended for mass market audiences in their original version – Blockbuster films in French
- L’Odyssée, 3 rue des Francs-Bourgeois is a municipal house that combines off-the-wall national releases with regular themed retrospectives or “spotlights” on particular directors.
Are you passionate about History?
Johannes Gutenberg studied gold smithery in Strasbourg during his formative years. His mastery of carvery and
the science of alloys enabled him to design printing characters. That is why Strasbourg is regarded as the capital of printing and cradle of humanism. Even today, with its 18 Nobel Prizes, the University of Strasbourg is held up as a beacon of academic excellence for the brightest young minds. The National and University Library of Strasbourg is thought to be the largest university library in France and ranks second in terms of the size of its collections based on all categories (over 3 million publications).
Do you think of yourself as a culture vulture?
The numerous theatres of Strasbourg will be right up your alley: the TNS (National Theatre of Strasbourg), the TJP (Young Person’s Theatre), Le Maillon, Pôle Sud… its opera house (l’Opéra National du Rhin), its concert venues (Zénith, Palais des Congrès, Laiterie) or its performance halls (Choucrouterie or Espace K). Not to mention the innumerable museums which host permanent and temporary exhibitions. Other highlights of the city’s cultural offer include the very famous Christmas market, summer activities and a whole host of festivals.
Are you a sporty type?
You’ll have a whale of a time going for a run in one of the many parks that Strasbourg has to offer. Or, if you prefer, you can go roller skating or bike riding along our unrivalled network of cycle lanes that meander through the entire city. The city boasts many well-equipped swimming pools (2 Olympic-sized pools).
Shop ‘til you drop?
Strasbourg is a shopping paradise for lovers of the world-famous French-style chic. Its department stores can stand toe to toe with their Parisian counterparts. The city is teeming not only with prestigious luxury brands and young designers whose careers are about to take off, but also pop-up craft stores.