Where to Stay in Strasbourg for Christmas Markets: 4 Best areas

Hi guys, on my website, I already wrote an article about staying in Strasbourg for first-timers (I will put the links to it at the end of this article). In today’s article, I will help you to find the best places to stay in Strasbourg for Christmas Markets.

I will provide you with a list of what I believe are the best areas to stay in Strasbourg for Christmas Markets, along with a helpful map. I’ll also share where I stayed in Strasbourg and recommend some of the best hotels in Strasbourg for Christmas Markets for all budgets.

Strasbourg is known as the Capital of Christmas and hosts one of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe. The Christmas markets in Strasbourg usually start from 24 November and end on 24 December, attracting visitors from all over the world.

The markets are spread throughout the city’s historic center, on famous squares and streets, including the Chrìstkìndelsmärik at Place Broglie, Place Kléber, Place de la Cathédrale, Place du Temple-Neuf, Place Gutenberg, Place Benjamin Zix, Place Saint-Thomas, Place du Château, and Rue Rohan.

You’ll find rows of wooden stalls decorated with twinkling lights, selling everything from handcrafted ornaments and gifts to local delicacies. One of the highlights is the Great Christmas Tree in Place Kléber, which is beautifully illuminated and adds to the magical ambiance of the markets.

The atmosphere is incredibly festive, with live music performances, carolers singing traditional songs, and the scent of roasted chestnuts and spices filling the air. 

The markets offer a wide variety of delicious food and drinks to enjoy. You can try some regional specialties like bredele (traditional Alsatian Christmas cookies), mulled wine (vin chaud), and foie gras. 

The Christmas markets are a great place to find unique gifts and souvenirs. You’ll find everything from handcrafted ornaments and textiles to local artisanal products.

December in Strasbourg can be quite cold, so make sure to dress warmly with layers and comfortable shoes for walking.

Remember to be respectful of the local culture and customs while visiting the Christmas markets. Keep in mind that it’s a busy time of year for locals as well, so be patient and courteous.

Strasbourg has its own international airport, the Strasbourg Airport, located about 10 km southwest of the city center. From the airport, you can take a shuttle, taxi, or public transportation to the city center.

The city is also well-connected by train to major cities in France and neighboring countries. The Strasbourg train station (Gare de Strasbourg) is centrally located and serves as a major hub. You can book tickets through the French national railway service, SNCF, or other European railway services.

Strasbourg’s Christmas markets are very popular, so it’s a good idea to plan your trip in advance. Book your accommodation early to secure the best options.

Where to stay in Strasbourg for Christmas Markets?

The best areas to stay in Strasbourg for Christmas Markets are Grand Île (Old Town), La Petite France, Neustadt, and Krutenau. These areas offer easy access to major christmas markets in the historic center on foot and public transportation.

Historic City Center (Grande Île) is the most popular base for the Christmas market. This area is right in the heart of the city and the locations of all Christmas Markets, including the famous Christkindelsmärik at Place Broglie. Staying here puts you within walking distance to many attractions and markets.

Petite France, known for its charming half-timbered houses and picturesque canals, is a lovely area to stay during the Christmas season. It’s close to the markets and offers a unique atmosphere.

Krutenau and Neustadt are just across the river from the historic center and offer a quieter atmosphere while still being within walking distance of the markets. Krutenau is closer to the Strasbourg University; Neustadt is closer to the European Quarter, home of the European Parliament and Parc de l’Orangerie.

During my trip to Strasbourg, I stayed at HANNONG Hotel & Wine Bar. It has a strategic location in the heart of the old town, where all the Christmas markets are held. It was easy to explore all the markets on foot. The Central Station is also within walking distance. The room was very clean and comfortable.

Below is a map of the popular areas in Strasbourg for Christmas Markets. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of the best areas to stay in Strasbourg for Christmas Markets
Map of the best areas to stay in Strasbourg for Christmas Markets

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Strasbourg for Christmas Markets. I’ll provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

All hotels in Strasbourg have been carefully selected by me, with guest review scores of at least 8.0 or higher at the time I chose them. If you don’t like my suggestions (perhaps they don’t suit your budget or preferences), you can click the “MORE HOTEL DEALS” button where you can choose your own hotel.

4 Best areas to stay in Strasbourg for Christmas Markets:

1. Grand Île (Old Town)

Grand Île (Old Town) is undoubtedly the best area to stay in Strasbourg for the Christmas market. This area is the heart of the city and the locations of the popular Christmas markets. Staying here means you’ll be just steps away from the festive atmosphere, twinkling lights, and delicious food.

Grand Île is a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its stunning architecture, winding cobblestone streets, and beautiful landmarks like Strasbourg Cathedral. You can immerse yourself in the rich history and ambiance of this area, especially enchanting during the holiday season.

Staying in Grand Île puts you within easy walking distance of many of Strasbourg’s main attractions, not just the Christmas Markets. You’ll have restaurants, cafes, shops, and cultural sites right at your doorstep, making it convenient to explore the city.

Best places to stay in Strasbourg Old Town for Christmas Markets:

Luxury ($$$): Maison Rouge Strasbourg Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection, 5-star hotel located in the heart of the historic old town of Strasbourg, one of the best bases for christmas markets. You’ll be within easy walking distance to all markets including the ones at Place Kléber, Place du Temple Neuf, and Place de la Cathédrale. You can find local trams and train stations nearby for further exploration.

Mid-range ($$): BOMA easy living hotel, popular 4-star hotel in central old town of Strasbourg, easy distance from the christmas markets, major sights, and the main train station. It has family rooms, 24-hour front desk, very good breakfast, and a fitness center.

Budget ($): Hotel Suisse, great 3-star hotel conveniently situated on  Rue De La Rape, short walk from several christmas markets including the markets on the Cathedral Square, Gutenberg Square, Castle Square, and Rue de Rohan street. You can choose rooms that have views of the cathedral spire.


2. La Petite France

La Petite France, part of the Grande Île (Grand Island), offers a central location to explore the Christmas Markets in Strasbourg. This area is one of the most picturesque areas in Strasbourg, characterized by its charming half-timbered houses, winding canals, and romantic bridges. 

Best places to stay in Strasbourg in Petite France for Christmas Markets:

Luxury ($$$): Hotel & Spa Regent Petite France, great 5-star hotel conveniently located in Petite France, within walking distance to all christmas markets. The closest markets include the Place Benjamin Zix and Place Saint-Thomas. Major sights like the Cathedral and Alsatian Museum are only 10 mins walk away. It has excellent breakfast, 24-hour front desk, family rooms, and a fitness center.

Luxury ($$$): Pavillon Regent Petite France, 5-star accommodation in the heart of Strasbourg, 3 mins walk from Covered Bridges. Also close to popular points of interests such as the Train Station, Noter-Dame Cathedral, and the Museum of Modern Art. It has laundry services, an elevator, and delicious breakfast.

Mid-range ($$): Hôtel & Spa Le Bouclier D’or, lovely 4-star hotel in the historic La Petite France district, 5 mins walk from Strasbourg Cathedral, 10 mins walk from the central station. It has a wine bar, a spa, family rooms, and very good breakfast.

Mid-range ($$):  Le Cocon Petite France, 4-star an Alsatian style accommodation in the city center of Strasbourg, featuring apartments that accommodate up to 4 people. You can also find many restaurants, bakeries and a supermarket nearby. 


3. Neustadt

Neustadt, located just north of the old town, tends to be quieter and less crowded compared to areas like Grand Île or La Petite, France. It is also close to numerous points of interest including the Parc de l’Orangerie, European Parliament, and Palais du Rhin.

Best places to stay in Strasbourg in Neustadt for Christmas Markets:

Mid-range ($$): Régent Contades, BW Premier Collection, popular 4-star hotel located on the edge of the old town, on avenue de la Liberté, within walking distance to the River Ill and the Cathedral. You can find a tram stop nearby taking you to the city center if you don’t feel like walking. They have comfortable rooms with a good sized bathroom.

Mid-range ($$): Hotel D – Strasbourg, 4-star accommodation in Neustadt, 10-15 mins walk from the christmas markets and the cathedral. 5 mins walk from Place de la République. Various bars and restaurants can be found nearby.

Mid-range ($$): Le Moon, 4-star accommodation in a great area on Quai Jacques-Sturm, within walking distance from the Rhine Palace, Strasbourg Christmas Market and Cathedral. Accommodation comes with family rooms,  a fully equipped kitchen, and laundry services.


4. Krutenau

Krutenau, located between the old town and the Strasbourg University, is a great base for a vibrant atmosphere, charming streets, and diverse dining options. It also offers easy access to the christmas market on foot and by local tram/bus.

Best places to stay in Strasbourg in Krutenau for Christmas Markets:

Mid-range ($$): Hotel Beaucour, popular 4-star hotel that has a great location, right on the east edge of the old town, close to the famous Alsatian Museum. You’ll be within walking distance from the christmas markets, the Ill River, Petite France, and Palais Rohan. You can find the Porte de l’Hôpital tram stop nearby for links to the Train Station and European Quarter.

Mid-range ($$): Hotel Cour du Corbeau Strasbourg – MGallery, 4-star hotel in Krutenau, 10 mins walk from Strasbourg Cathedral and Place Kléber. Also very close to the popular Alsatian Museum and Porte de l’Hopital tram stop. It features family rooms, wonderful breakfast, and 24-hour reception.

Budget ($): Hotel Roses, 3-star accommodation in central Strasbourg near the river, great base for christmas markets and lively nightlife scene.  5 mins walk to the cathedral and christmas market. Easily accessible from the main train station by a short taxi ride.


In conclusion, Grand Île (Old Town), La Petite France, Neustadt, and Krutenau are the best places to stay in Strasbourg for Christmas Markets. These areas have a variety of accommodations, and easy access to all christmas markets in the old town.

You can continue reading about Strasbourg and other destinations in France in these articles:

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