Strasbourg is in the eastern part of France and on the banks of River Rhine. Being the home for the European parliament as well as the Council of Europe, the City of Strasbourg has international significance. The main features of 2018 New Year’s Eve festivities in Strasbourg include spectacular illumination of the streets, special events, concerts and open-air markets. One can reach Strasbourg from London in six hours by train. Air France operates regular flights to Strasbourg from London. Place Kleber is the commercial hub of the city. Strasbourg is connected to the neighboring places by stone bridges over the rivers and canals.
The red sandstone cathedral is an important landmark in the city. Those who plan to visit Strasbourg on NYE can make enquiries at the tourist information office at Place de la Cathedrale regarding availability of hotel rooms. Those who are in Strasbourg on the occasion of New Year’s Eve celebration go to the Christmas Markets and explore the quite network of canals, bridges, geranium-filled balconies and the half-timbered houses. The visitors enjoy the lunch in the restaurants that include home-made soups and tartines, thick bread slices with savory toppings and wild mushrooms.
Local food and the boat trip
Those who visit Strasbourg on the NYE, have the opportunity to taste the local beer that is available in a variety of brand names. The bars are busy and lively on the NYE. The visitors very well enjoy tasting the Alsatian cuisine along with local beer and pinot noir. Apart from the marinated pinot noir, the choucroute topped with sausages and ham is another specialty. Lighter traditional cuisines are also offered by some of the restaurants. After visiting the Palais Rohan Fine Arts Museum, the tourists go for a one hour boat-trip around the city. From the boat one can view the European parliament building and the Petite France area. People also visit the Orangerie Park which is home for storks, squirrels and swans. The mini-zoo and children’s play area are the other attractions. The Pavillion Josephine arranges exhibitions.
Lighting and illuminations on NYE
At Epernay, the capital of champagne, the NYE is celebrated with events, drinks and special dishes along the Avenue de Champagne. Apart from the spectacular display of fireworks, concerts and street theater, there will be the vintage cars exhibitions also. The major Champagne houses along the Avenue de Champagne are kept opened to the public with bars, tastings and rand illuminations. The city as a whole is illuminated. The festivities take place all over the city and children are presented with small gifts. The events are attended by thousands of people. The light installations in France have unique beauty.
Since the illumination starts right from Christmas, the city will appear like a Christmas tree. There will be many spectacular illuminations at all parts of the city. All the streets of the city sparkle with lights and the numerous stalls are busy selling sweets, food items, local produce, wooden toys, ginger bread and decorative articles. Those who plan to celebrate the NYE in Strasbourg may book a restaurant in advance. Since everybody joins the celebrations dining on the NYE with special menu is a major public event in Strasbourg.
Accommodation for NYE
Top hotels in Strasbourg for your New Year stay are listed below:
- Hotel Cour du Corbeau Strasbourg
- Hotel Le Bouclier d’Or
- Best Western Plus Monopole Metropole
- Athena Hotel & Spa
- Hotel Beaucour
- Hotel des Princes
- Best Western Hotel De L’Europe
- Hotel Chateau de Pourtales
- Regent Petite France & Spa
- Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile
Remember to book your tickets and hotels well in advance to avoid any last-moment problems.