Strasbourg Christmas market – Day 1

Marché de Noel Strasbourg



Is it too late to write a Christmas post? 😉


Maybe… But outside it’s so cold that I feel closer to Christmas than to spring… Yesterday it snowed too! And more important, this year we went to Strasbourg Christmas market which I’ve been wanting to visit for so long, that I cannot not to talk about it! 😉

I love Christmas markets, I could spend hours
(days actually) wandering among the little wooden chalets, d
rinking hot wine and marveling at the
lights, the decorations, the smells…

 

Marché de Noel Strasbourg

 

It’s something I
discovered when I first moved to France as in Italy we don’t really have a real tradition of Christmas markets. In Rome there’s a “Christmas market” but, honestly,
when compared to the ones I saw here… It’s a totally different thing !

 
Strasbourg Christmas market is one of the oldest and biggest Christmas markets in Europe, there are a lot of stands and moreover the entire town is decorated! Apart from this, Strasbourg is a very pleasant place and there’s a beautiful Cathedral.

Marché de Noel Strasbourg



So are you ready to visit it all? You couldn’t have a better guide as one of our friends, with whom we spent the week-end, is from there 😉

 
To be totally honest the weekend didn’t began very
well : we arrived late and tired on Friday night and found ourselves in the worst hotel I’ve ever seen (
and trust me when I say that I saw horrible places during my travels, like in India or Thailand). Hotels in Strasbourg fill up very quickly during Christmas time and we really didn’t have a choice… so if you want to go there try to book as much in advance as you can. Anyway, we didn’t expect to be in a 5 stars palace, but neither did we expect the smell of sewage in the room, the curtains being grey because of dirty, that “bathroom” that was a prefabricated plastic box… All this for almost 100€/night… I think my bad mood was understandable – anyway, sorry my sweet hubby, I know it wasn’t your fault ;p

Anyway my bad mood instantly disappeared on Saturday morning when I saw
this glorious Christmas tree !!


Arbre de Noel Strasbourg

 

The hot wine and bretzel breakfast also helped 😉

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg vin chaud

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg vin chaud

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg bretzel



Now we were really ready to embrace the Christmas atmosphere and enjoy the
week-end !



We strolled among the little stands in front of the Cathedral, drinking hot wine…

Marché de Noel Strasbourg

 

Marché de Noel Strasbourg

 

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

 

We met other friends in front of the blue bear

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg



And we continue all together our walk through the little streets…


…To arrive to Little France, a historic, very cute neighborhood, with old Alsatian houses, cobblestones streets, the river…

Little France Strasbourg

 

Little France Strasbourg



All this walking made us hungry. We then went to Le Dome to taste some Alsatian specialities.

Flammekueche cuisine alsacienne



Flammekueche – a sort of very thin pizza with lardons, onions and fresh cream.

Bibeleskaes cuisine alsacienne



Bibeleskaes – potato and herbs cottage cheese.

Cuisine alsatienne



They also have good coffee and cappuccino. Desserts on the other hand, weren’t really good.


The place is very nice, just in front of the Cathedral, and with big windows, that if you’re lucky to sit by, you can observe the world go by in the street below.

Brasserie Le Dome Strasbourg

 

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg



We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the other markets – in fact Strasbourg Christmas market is not one giant market but it’s composed of several little markets spread around different corners of the town.

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg
Marché de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg



We then headed back to the hotel for a little rest – as if it was possible to rest in that smelly room… 


Not without passing by the big Christmas tree, to see it at night

Marché de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Arbre de Noel de Strasbourg

 

Arbre de Noel de Strasbourg



Before meeting back the others for a Choucroute and Baeckeoffe based dinner.

Choucroute et Baeckeoffe cuisine alsacienne

 



I think it’s safe to say that Alsatian cuisine is good but not very light…


To end this beautiful day, we went out for drinks and dancing 🙂


I’m probably going to avoid to show pics from after dinner… 


…Ok just 2, because they’re funny 😉 


And tomorrow the rest of our adventures in Strasbourg !

 

 

You may also like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *