Boat cruises Strasbourg.
We boarded our open top boat which sat approximately 100 people for our river tour of Strasbourg. The tour lasted for approximately just over an hour and you were able to experience this beautiful city from a different perspective.
The boats are either open topped or are covered in glass but which ever way you travel it will be hot especially in the summer and you would be best advised to either wear a sun hat and definitely some sun cream and to take a drink with you. Most of the boats I observed at different times during the day were always full.
There is a running commentary through head phones during the cruise around the rivers and canals and it is available in the following languages:
Alsacien (The local dialect which is a combination of French and German unique to this region).
The running commentary is quite informative and tells you little snippets of information describing the history of the buildings you are passing during the circular tour.
The boats sail through one of the prettiest parts of Strasbourg called the Ile de France which is an area of oak beamed buildings with brilliant displays of orange/red geraniums in window boxes. The buildings are very picturesque. This area is influenced by German and French architecture and a lot of the streets remain cobbled. Many of the buildings have been turned into delightful restaurants and quaint little shops.
The boat also passes the European court of Human rights which from the river is not the prettiest of sights I must admit to me looks quite ugly although the European parliament looks nice although like a massive green house.
The boat just manages to pass through one of the locks on the canal and under pedestrian and road bridges around the city. The boat is a very relaxing way to see the sights and hear the sounds of the city away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds and traffic. At some points of the tour the river/ canals are quite wide. You can usually see sight of the cathedral spire from different points around the City souring high majestically in the sky.
One of the nicest sights for me was the double steepled church of St. Paul near the Mullenheim Quai and the Pont D' Augverne by the river Ill and Aar. It was built by the Germans at the end of the 1800's and took five years to build. It was built for the protestant German soldiers garrisoned in the City.
The boat departs from the quay side about 150 metres from the cathedral at Palais Rohan pier, place du Marché aux Poissons (Rohan Palace pier place of the fish market sounds much better in French doesn't it).
Adults 8 Euros.
Child 4 Euros.
Would I recommend this tour?
Yes it is a very beautiful tour taking in a lot of the historical and interesting sites of Strasbourg plus it gives you the opportunity of viewing these places from a different perspective. I think at 8 Euros it is a bargain and can not recommend it highly enough. So if you find you have an hour spare on your trip to Strasbourg it would be well worth spending it on this tour. You won't regret it. Enjoy.
There is a web site but it is only available in French:
You can find it at the following address:-
If you look at the top left hand part of the page you will see a sign written Accueil if you click on this it will show you a little film clip of what you will see on the trip. Be warned its very beautiful.