The quarters of Strasbourg

A multifaceted city

Certain parts of Strasbourg are better known than others. Of course, the first one that springs to mind is the Petite France, with its world-famous half-timbered houses, or the quarters listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites: Grande-Ile and Neustadt.

Beyond this rather concentrated area, Strasbourg is spread out across nearly 80 square kilometres. The city has a certain number of other neighbourhoods, each with its own special characteristics. Here’s a presentation of the most colourful quarters!

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Bourse-Esplanade-Krutenau

With the University, located at the Esplanade, and the numerous nightspots of the Krutenau, this student district is definitely a lively and dynamic one! And you’re sure to enjoy the many inexpensive, unusual little shops and restaurants.

What’s to see in this quarter: Citadelle Park, the Manufacture des Tabacs (former tobacco factory), the School of Decorative Arts, the Botanical Garden and the Faculty of Law.

Town centre

This quarter has it all: heritage, shops, restaurants and more!

What’s to see in this quarter

Gare-Tribunal

As its name indicates, this is the district where the train station (La Gare) is located. This dynamic, cosmopolitan quarter is alive with a constant hustle and bustle. Here, you’ll find the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Laiterie and the Molodoï.

What’s to see in this quarter: the train station with its huge glass shell (Grande Verrière), the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and the German fortifications on Rue du Rempart.

Orangerie-Conseil des XV

Located close to the European institutions and Orangerie Park (the city’s green oasis), this residential quarter is part of Neustadt and features premium townhouses. Due to the proximity of the European institutions, there are also many diplomatic representations here as well.

What’s to see in this quarter: the European institutions, the headquarters of Arte (the European TV channel), Orangerie Park and its Joséphine Pavilion.

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Cronenbourg

You’ve probably heard this name before, and for good reason! The Hatt brewery, founded in 1664, set up for business in this district in 1862 and adopted its name – with its German spelling. The production facility, a symbol of the quarter’s identity for many years, has since been demolished and replaced with an eco-district. This working-class neighbourhood is attractive, both for its diversity and for its vitality.

What’s to see in this quarter: the Kriegstor (war gate), the military cemetery, the ‘maisons de glacis’ houses and Hatt House.

Koenigshoffen

This multifaceted suburb has preserved many traces of a rich past. Inhabited since ancient times, Koenigshoffen was long a central quarter, at the heart of the city. It has evolved over time and is currently undergoing further transformation with the introduction of a tramway line.

What’s to see in this quarter: Schloessel Tower, the Convent of the Capucins, the Jewish cemetery and Schweitzer House.

Montagne Verte-Elsau

Formerly a farming and then an industrial area, this quarter was built around the many waterways running through it, as well as around the road and rail infrastructure that crosses it. This explains why the district is somewhat fragmented; in fact, it’s made up of 12 mini-neighbourhoods.

What’s to see in this quarter: Saint-Arbogast Church, the urban nature park, the Elsau gazebo, the Kupferhammer Mill, wood houses and former tanneries.

Meinau

This little-known quarter encompasses urban areas with contrasting identities, including an industrial zone, a large urban area, houses, recreational facilities and greenways.

What’s to see in this quarter: the signal tower, the former Junkers factory buildings, Meinau Stadium, Baggersee, Schulmeister Park, the former Mathis factory and a residential neighbourhood.

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Neudorf

A little city within the city, this quarter (Strasbourg’s most populous), has its own personality. Both lively and calm, it is very highly sought-after by young couples and families. Plenty of discoveries await you when you explore Neudorf, because the landscape in this quarter is extremely varied.

What’s to see in this quarter: Cavaliers House, Schluthfeld School, Breyscha Villa, Bowé House and the Scala Cinema.

Neuhof–Stockfeld–Ganzau

Neuhof, an original, likeable quarter, is also the municipality’s largest. A testament to a rich history, this quarter has undergone numerous successive transformations.

What’s to see in this quarter:  the Stockfeld Garden City, the Oberjaegerhof, Reuss House, Stéphanie House and Saint-Ignace Church.

Robertsau–Wacken

Formerly a market gardening district, Robertsau is now essentially a residential neighbourhood. Much of its surface area is covered by Robertsau Forest. Wacken, located on an island, is home to lots of sports and recreation facilities. This area is currently undergoing major changes, with the construction of an international business district.

What’s to see in this quarter: the Ungemach Garden City, Tivoli Quarter, Palais de la Musique et des Congrès (a music venue and convention centre), Pourtalès Castle and Park and the Lieu d’Europe.