What to do in Strasbourg when it rains?

Updated on 2024-05-05
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You've planned a weekend in Strasbourg and the weather forecast calls for persistent rain... Depression? But don't let that put you off, we've got plenty of ideas for visiting Strasbourg when it's raining. Museums, cinemas, cultural visits but also gourmet, sports and wellness addresses: you'll see, there's plenty to choose from in our beautiful Alsatian capital :) Here's our selection of ideas to help you make the most of your stay with us, despite the rain!

Laurène
Laurène
Laurène is the blog's creator. Originally from Brittany but now living in Alsace, she has fallen in love with her adopted region and loves exploring its every nook and cranny to unearth great ideas to share with you!

Map of things to do in Strasbourg in case of rain

1. Visit Strasbourg’s museums

Strasbourg is fortunate to have many museums on a wide variety of themes. Fine arts, decorative arts, Alsatian culture, Strasbourg history, contemporary art and even Vodou (!!)… You’re sure to find what you’re looking for!

2. Visit Strasbourg on a fly boat

If you’re discovering Strasbourg, I can only recommend a visit along the river with Batorama. And even if you’re a local and have never tried one, don’t hesitate – I’m sure you’ll learn something and see your city in a different light! Good news in case of rain: Batorama offers covered and heated boats, so you can enjoy your visit from a sheltered spot!

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3. Solving puzzles in an escape game

An escape game is a great idea for a rainy day activity: you’re under cover, it’s fun and you can go with your family or friends! We’re lucky enough to have many escape games in Strasbourg, and even activities that are a little different, such as a destroy room and Sensas, an activity that puts all the senses to the test.

4. Indoor sports

When it rains, we often have fewer ideas for sports outings. But don’t let that put you off, I’ve got a few ideas for activities you can enjoy indoors! Fans of mountain bikes and BMX, as well as scooters and rollerblades, will love Stride, Europe’s biggest indoor bike park (yes, that’s right!).

If you’re more into motorsports, an indoor electric go-kart session could be a great idea. Finally, for climbing enthusiasts, we have several climbing gyms in Strasbourg. Some offer boulders, others routes, so there’s something for everyone!

  • Hueco City downtown, between the train station and Place de Haguenau
  • Hueco Zenith in Eckbolsheim (a neighboring town to the west of Strasbourg)
  • Block Out in Strasbourg’s western Hautepierre district
  • Roc en Stock in the Plaine des Bouchers district south of Strasbourg
  • Bloc Session in Illkirch-Graffenstaden (a town south of Strasbourg)

5. Relax in a spa

A rainy day can be the perfect occasion to go and relax in a spa (although you don’t need the excuse of rain to do so, we agree!). In Strasbourg, I can recommend several addresses:

  • Strasbourg’s magnificent Bains Municipaux, which, in addition to being an outstanding municipal swimming pool, also boasts a wellness area, the Bains Romains. I have to admit that the outdoor pool overlooking the rooftops of Strasbourg is a real eye-catcher every time… Not to mention the overall beauty of the place!
  • If you’re more in the mood for an oriental spa, head to Hammam Les Cent Ciels for a relaxing and exotic experience.
  • More unusual, the Taaka Beer Spa is also a great way to have a good time!

6. Play in a gaming bar

Board games are always a good idea for indoor activities. But sometimes you get a bit bored of the games you have at home: the games bar is a good solution! The Philibar is a great place to spend an afternoon! You can tell us what kind of games you like, and we’ll offer you a range of options. All you have to do is choose, or try out several!

7. Visit the historic cellar of the Hospices Civils de Strasbourg

That’s a long name for a cellar, and a very unusual one at that, because – you read that right – this cellar is located in a hospital right in Strasbourg’s city center! The historic cellar of the Hospices Civils de Strasbourg is a wonderful discovery: huge wooden tuns are to be found in this cellar, where wines from various Alsatian winemakers are aged. Another special feature is that this is where the oldest cask wine in the world is kept! You can see the barrel but not taste the wine, which has only been tasted on historic occasions.

8. Enjoy a snack in a café or tea room

On rainy days, I often feel like spending a cocooning afternoon witha hot drink and a good pastry… Don’t you? Alsatians are gourmets and the Alsatian capital is full of good addresses. There’s something for everyone: trendy cafés or traditional patisseries, tea or coffee specialists, typical Alsatian, French or American cakes – you’ll find something for everyone in some really cool places!

9. Visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Strasbourg is, along with Brussels, the capital of Europe: why not take advantage of your visit to visit one of its flagship institutions, the European Parliament? A signposted tour is available to visitors, which is really interesting. Visits to the parliament are free, but please note that they are only available in the afternoon.

10. Travelling to the stars at Strasbourg’s Planetarium

This activity has been tested by Léa – I love planetariums, don’t you? Astronomy, or the observation of the stars, is a fascinating science. Strasbourg’s new planetarium offers several 1-hour sessions a day, including a film followed by a discovery of the night sky. Thanks to the planetarium dome, the films offer a highly immersive and successful show. Then it’s time to discover the night sky with a guide from the Jardin des Sciences at the University of Strasbourg, where the planetarium is located. I also really enjoyed this part, which was an opportunity to (re)discover the stars, the constellations, “our” place in the Milky Way and the galaxies that “surround” us.

It was a very good time, quite magical, and should appeal to adults and children alike. Remember to book your tickets in advance and arrive 20 to 30 minutes before your session, to get the best seats in the hall. The planetarium is accessible to people with reduced mobility. More info

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11. Visit Strasbourg’s Notre-Dame Cathedral

Here’s a must-see on any visit to Strasbourg, and of course you can do it even if it’s raining! Strasbourg’s Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the city’s most emblematic monuments, and it would be a shame to miss it if you’re visiting Strasbourg for the first time. You can explore the cathedral’s rich interior and discover the astronomical clock. Only the climb to the platform of the cathedral tower isn’t ideal in wet weather.

12. Shopping in designer boutiques

The weather’s a bit gloomy, so it might be a good time to do a bit of shopping… But not in just any store! Strasbourg is home to a number of arts and crafts stores featuring the work of local designers.

13. See a film at the cinema

Going to the cinema remains one of the must-do activities in any city when it’s raining, and Strasbourg is no exception! Here are the cinemas you’ll find in Strasbourg:

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14. Listen to live music

How about a concert in Strasbourg? Numerous venues and bars offer live music, so you can have a great local time in the company of Strasbourgeois!

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15. Go for a drink

Go for a drink (in moderation, of course) in a nice place, here’s another idea for a rainy day activity in Strasbourg! Here’s our selection of bars for beer lovers, and for those who prefer cocktails. And if you’re looking for a wine bar, the Hotel Hannong’s Black and Wine is very nice.