Culture and quality of life

A European and economic capital and a conurbation of human size, Strasbourg draws its strength from its history, culture and geographical situation.

Culture and quality of life

Strasbourg has a vibrant, varied cultural scene, with many venues and museums:

  • A Zénith with 10,000 places, the Opéra du Rhin, the Théâtre National de Strasbourg, the Cité de la Musique et de la Danse, the Orchestre Philarmonique de Strasbourg, the Percussions de Strasbourg, the TAPS (Théâtre Actuel Production Strasbourgeoise)…
  • More than 10 museums and top-flight exhibitions attract some five hundred thousand visitors every year. The Museum Pass offers visitors access to some 180 museums in Alsace and the regions across the border in Switzerland and Germany.
  • 17 music schools and the conservatory produce the virtuosos of the future.
  • The City has an extraordinarily rich music scene, with a whole host of international festivals, including Musica, an International Music Festival, Jazz d’Or, the festival of European Nights, the Ososphère.


Strasbourg also has the second-largest National University library in France, while the 11,800 m² André Malraux médiathèque is the biggest media library in eastern France and contains some 160,000 documents over its 20 km of shelving, 35,000 CDs and DVDs and seating for 1000 people. It is also the central point for the 23 book and media libraries within the conurbation.

Strasbourg and its celebrities

Many Alsatian celebrities were born or lived in Strasbourg and they were one of the driving forces that help the city become the European, cultural, economic and international capital that it is today. To learn more, go to the webpage on Alsatian celebrities.

Parks, sport and leisure

  • 4,680 allotments
  • 344 ha of parks and public gardens
  • 3,771 ha of forestland (including two forests within the built-up areas)
  • Many waterways (the Rhine and its tributaries) run through the area, offering a great choice of walks along their banks
  • The nearby Vosges Mountains and the Black Forest are popular for skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking and paragliding and a whole range of other activities.

Extensive sports facilities

Strasbourg is great for sport, with over 300 sports grounds and facilities, including swimming pools, the biggest ice rink in France, golf courses, tennis courts, indoor climbing gyms, jogging circuits, shooting ranges, an athletics stadium, 10 riding centres, boxing rings, a skateboard and freestyle bike park, sailing, rowing and canoeing facilities, sports halls, football is and rugby stadiums and almost anything else you can think of.