Strasbourg is the capital and largest city of the Grand Est region of France and is the official seat of the European Parliament. Located at the border with Germany in the historic region of Alsace, the city is famous for its historic centre, the Grande Île (Grand Island), which was classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honour was placed on an entire city centre.
Strasbourg has been holding its famous Christmas market, Christkindelsmärik, around its cathedral since 1570, making it one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe.
Getting to Strasbourg
Strasbourg Airport has direct connections to several European cities. Arriving at the airport, turn right to get to the airport train station (you can buy the tickets at a machine just before leaving the airport building) and take the regional train to the direction of Strasbourg main station. There are up to 4 trains per hour, and the trip takes only 8 minutes. Please note that the regional train ticket sold by CTS to and from the airport also gives access to city trams and buses. Another nearby airports include Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg airport and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden airport. Furthermore, if you fly Lufthansa or a Star Alliance company, you can travel for free with the Lufthansa bus (2 hours) from Frankfurt to Strasbourg (but you have to include this trip in the booking). The TGV from Paris Charles De Gaulle to Strasbourg can be booked with your flight if you travel with Air France or a Sky Team affiliated company.
Strasbourg is well linked to both the French and German rail network, with high speed train connections available from various European cities. There is only one train station in Strasbourg (all the trains including the TGVs arrive in this station). When arriving at the Strasbourg Central Station by long-distance train, switch to the tram. Take the tram line C located just outside the station's northern exit. INSA Strasbourg is located directly at the "Université" station. Tickets can be bought at CTS machines located inside the main station.