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Strasbourg Airport (SXB) is the closest airport to the city, under a 15-minute drive from the centre or a nine-minute journey on a shuttle train that regularly runs between Strasbourg and SXB. A number of airlines fly to the airport, including Air France, KLM and Ryanair, connecting Strasbourg with a variety of European and North African cities.
The modern airport offers a range of restaurants and eateries. You can buy some last-minute gifts and souvenirs in duty-free shops or pick up snacks and sandwiches from a newsagent. Free WiFi is available throughout SXB and kids will love the departure hall’s PlayStation 4 game consoles. Relaxation areas feature plug sockets for mobile phones and laptops.
Instead of flying to Strasbourg, you might choose to find flights to Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden Airport (FKB) in Germany, as many budget airlines fly to the airport. Direct trains regularly run from Baden-Baden Central Station to Strasbourg Station, taking just over an hour.
Strasbourg’s European Quarter makes it a popular destination for MEPs and businessmen, so expect mid-week flights to be busy with diplomats, lawyers and business people. The European Parliament has monthly parliamentary sessions lasting one week. During this time, many MEPs and delegates travel to the city, which can make flying around this time slightly more expensive.
Strasbourg is a popular tourist destination all year round, but especially during the summer when its sheltered location between the Vosges Mountains and Black Forest helps the city enjoy long, warm summers with minimal rainfall.
Families have plenty of large urban parks to explore during their stay in Strasbourg. Strasbourg’s oldest park, the Orangerie, has plenty of family attractions, including a vintage children’s car track, a petting zoo and a famous stork sanctuary.
A 45-minute drive out of Strasbourg, Europa-Park is a popular family day trip from the city. The theme park is the largest in Germany. Kids can zoom around on roller coasters, discover fairy-tale stories in the Grimm’s enchanted forest and take a trip on a steamboat in the Adventure Land area.
The majority of hotels are in Strasbourg’s central neighbourhoods. Many high-end hotels are on the UNESCO-listed Grande île island, within walking distance of Strasbourg Cathedral and Rohan Palace. There is also a number of mid-range hotels on Grande île, though most are on the mainland in the central neighbourhoods. The area of Contades places you within easy reach of the historical centre and European Quarter. If you need to stay close to the University of Strasbourg’s campus, find a hotel in the neighbourhoods of Krutenau and Esplanade. The areas’ cheap accommodation is close to many student bars and budget eateries.
There is also a good choice of hotels in Strasbourg’s surrounding towns. Many of the city’s satellite towns are typically Alsatian and offer hotels in historic locations close to many of the Alsace’s rural highlights.