The Barrage Vauban, better known as ‘les ponts couverts’, is a feat of 17th-century engineering, rising several storeys to a panoramic terrace.
However, don’t let the seasonal show keep you away from the Cathedrale Notre Dame and its Astronomical Clock.
An exhibition of ancient frescoes and murals at the Musée Archaelogique serves as a reminder that Strasbourg was a frontier town at the edge of the Roman Empire long before the French and Germans started fighting over the city and playing pass the parcel with it.
The Musée Alsacien is a great starting point for any visit to Strasbourg, offering an introduction to the region’s turbulent history, peppered with displays of wonderful local folk art.
Take a riverbank stroll past the Parliament Building and amazing European Court of Human Rights.
L’Ami Schutz has a terrace for lunching in spring sunshine – and a beamed dining-room for chilly evenings.
Fink’Steubel is a hive of gastronomy. Owners Sophie and Thierry make their own foie gras and serve delicious dishes with unusual twists, like duck leg braised with dried fruit.
Catch a tourist boat from beneath the Palais Rohan for a different perspective of the Ponts Couverts – you’ll float beneath them instead of walking on top.
Seek out the artists in this trendy area who will open their studios to the public over the first two weekends of May.
Book ahead if you want to visit the inside of the European Parliament.
The Regent Petite France (rooms from €155) is elegant and gorgeously situated.
The Hotel Hannong (rooms from €145) has one of the best locations in town, between the shopping centre and old city.
The Residence Jean-Sébastien Bach (studios from €170) is a great place for families, with selfcatering facilities and peaceful location next to the attractive Parc de l’Orangerie.
Arts et Collections d’Alsace showcases the pottery, linens, ironwork and other crafts of the region.
Rue des Juifs is a great street for interesting, quirky designer clothing.
Flamme & Co serves Strasbourg’s most famous snack, tarte flambée, (a thin tart, topped with cheese, onions and bacon). This is a chic place with an upstairs chill lounge with DJs.
The Living Room is a beautifully decorated, lively nightclub in the studenty Krutenau area.