Feel our top 5 sensory experiences in Strasbourg…

See the monumental Notre-Dame cathedral with its lacework of pink sandstone, Astronomical Clock, pulpit and stained-glass windows.

Hear a musical light show at the cathedral – at nightfall, its elegant sculptures and façade come to life with sound and colour.

Smell beer in the breweries and microbreweries. Learn about its production and sample this much-loved local tipple, as well as beer-inspired cuisine.

Taste a good tarte flambée, also known as Flammekueche. A thin circle of dough is topped with fromage blanc or crème fraiche, thinly sliced onions and lardons, often with the addition of Muster cheese from the Vosges mountains.

Touch the handlebars of a bike as you explore – in Strasbourg the bicycle is king! Admire the town on two wheels along the canals, through the parks and gardens and through the historic centre.

Walking the tightrope between France and Germany, Strasbourg (External link) Grande-Île was the first urban centre in France to be listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. There are delightfully twisting alleyways lined with half-timbered houses and a Gothic masterpiece of a cathedral (External link) , described by Victor Hugo as “a gigantic and delicate marvel” and visible from miles around with its 142-metre spire. The ‘Petite France’ (External link) is a picture-postcard quarter once home to tanners, fishermen and millers, now a haven of peace at the city’s heart. Strasbourg has also become renowned for its cuisine; visitors can enjoy traditional dishes in the ‘winstubs’ (small Alsatian wine bars). With its large pedestrian centre, gentle waterways, countless green spaces and luxury boutiques, Strasbourg is an ideal destination for a city break.

Getting to Strasbourg

By air: Strasbourg-Entzheim International Airport; Baden Airport (58km); Basel-Mulhouse International Airport (130km)

By train: 2h20m from Paris by TGV; 3h40m from Lyon by TGV; 5h30m from Marseille by TGV; direct rail connections from Lille, Rennes, Nantes, Bordeaux, Zurich and Stuttgart

Further information:Greater Strasbourg Tourist Office17, Place de la Cathédrale67082 StrasbourgTel. +33 (0)3 88 52 28 28http://www.otstrasbourg.fr/en/ (External link)