Barge cruising or river cruising from Strasbourg, France? Be sure to add a couple of days before or after your cruise to explore this lovely city. I spent an evening cycling euphorically around stunning Strasbourg.
The city ranks as one of the most beautiful I’ve ever visited, and fortunately, I have had lots of time to explore. I arrived by TGV train from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, an easy 2.5-hour journey from Terminal 2D to Gare de Strasbourg.
After wheeling my luggage for a couple of blocks, I paid under €2 to catch a modern tram to Lycée Kléber, where I wheeled my luggage for another couple blocks and checked in to the Hilton Strasbourg.
Rates were remarkably low: €65 (less than US$80) for a seventh-floor room facing the old town and Strasbourg Cathedral. The Hilton features an Executive Lounge, adding to the remarkable value. I stayed for five nights.
The most interesting this I’ve learned about Strasbourg so far: An incident known as the Dancing Plague of 1518 struck around 400 people who were afflicted with dancing mania and danced constantly for weeks, most of them eventually dying from heart attack, stroke or exhaustion.
Can’t wait to explore Strasbourg tomorrow and Sunday before departing the city on European Waterways’ Panache for a luxury barge cruise. More on that to come. Stay tuned!