Visitor Information — The Office de Tourisme is on 17 place de la Cathédrale (www.otstrasbourg.fr; tel. 03-88-52-28-28). There is a second branch inside the main train station (same telephone number as above).
Strasbourg Pass — If you plan to do several tourist activities or museums, you can save with the Strasbourg Pass. Valid for 3 days, it grants free entrance to cathedral towers, clock, one museum, free boat cruise ticket, half-day free bike rental, 50 percent discount on second museum and other discounts; 21.50€ for adults and 15€ for children 13 to 17 and 10€ for children 4 to 12, available at the tourist office.
Special Events — The Classical Music Festival runs for 2 weeks in June, and the Festival de Jazz runs in early June (both http://strasbourgfestival.com; tel. 03-88-36-30-48). They feature international artists and draw large crowds. Ticket prices range from 24€ to 75€ and go on sale in mid-April. Wolf Music, 24 rue de la Mésange (www.wolfmusique.com; tel. 03-88-32-43-10), arranges ticket sales for these festivals. The Association Musica (www.festivalmusica.org; tel. 03-88-23-46-46) organizes the Festival International des Musiques d’Aujourd’hui. It takes place from the end of September to the first week of October and combines contemporary concerts with movies and modern opera performances. Tickets (8€–22€) go on sale at the end of June.
In late November and December, the place de Cathédrale erupts with the magical Marché de Noël (Christmas Market), where you can purchase handmade ornaments and gifts and warm up with hot vin chaud (mulled wine).
City Layout — The center of Strasbourg is mainly located on Grand Ile, a large island hugged by two branches of the Ill River. Petit France is the area between these two branches; with its crooked streets and half-timbered houses, it’s a major visitor destination.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.