Strasbourg is an aquatic city. Its historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an island surrounded by the Ill, a river that has shaped its identity. And what better way to discover this city than to sail on its waters? That's what Batorama offers, a unique experience that gives you a whole new perspective on Strasbourg. Ready to discover the city as you've never seen it before? Follow me!
Batorama, a unique way to discover Strasbourg
It's no coincidence that Batorama is the region's number 1 tourist attraction. It's not just a simple boat trip. It's a real plunge into Strasbourg's history, a unique opportunity to discover its hidden treasures, an adventure that takes you back in time. Since the 19th century, Batorama has been taking the curious on a journey down the Ill, revealing the charms of the Alsatian capital from a unique angle.
Every time I board a Batorama boat, it's like rediscovering my city. Entering the picturesque Petite France district, passing through the locks, visiting the European Parliament... It's an experience I never tire of, and one I'm always delighted to share with my friends when they come to visit.
Why visiting Strasbourg by river boat?
Whether you're a regular visitor to Strasbourg or just passing through, Batorama is an experience not to be missed. Here are just a few reasons why:
- A different perspective: Sailing on the River Ill, you'll have the chance to admire the monuments and historic districts from a whole new angle, as the water flows by.
- A relaxing environment: Unlike city traffic, a river boat trip offers a peaceful and relaxing environment. Ideal for unwinding after a long day's sightseeing!
- An activity for everyone: No need to walk. A Batorama cruise is suitable for all ages, especially young children.
The different tours offered by Batorama
Batorama offers 5 cruises, each offering a different perspective on Strasbourg:
Strasbourg, 20 centuries of history
This is the most popular tour and the one I highly recommend. It lasts around 1 hour 10 minutes and takes you through three of Strasbourg's most emblematic districts: the Grande Île, the Neustadt and the European District. You'll discover buildings of exceptional architecture, witnesses to imperial German town planning and symbols of unity and European integration.
The journey begins in the picturesque Petite France district, with its half-timbered houses, notably the tanners' house. Take a moment to admire the river as you cross the first lock and then the swing bridge. The tour continues on to the Vauban dam, offering a breathtaking view of the Ponts Couverts and the ENA.
You then head up the quays towards the European District, passing the headquarters of the Franco-German television channel Arte. The last stop on the cruise is the European Parliament, a powerful symbol of the European Union. All along the way, you'll enjoy highly informative audio commentaries with lots of amusing historical anecdotes.
Strasbourg Grande Île
This 45-minute tour takes you through Strasbourg's city centre, a veritable island in the heart of the city. You'll see half-timbered houses, medieval architecture and mansions from the modern era. Notre-Dame Cathedral, whose millennium was celebrated in 2014, stands proudly.
Strasbourg, the European
This 45-minute tour will show you Strasbourg from a European perspective. You'll see the city's most emblematic European institutions, including the European Parliament, the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe.
This 2-hour tour is a little different. It takes you to the Port Autonome de Strasbourg, France's 2nd largest river port. You'll learn how the port works and how important its activity is to the daily lives of the people of Strasbourg.
Strasbourg, les bâtisseurs
On this 1 hour 10 minute tour, you'll discover Alsace's capital through its architecture. You'll see the buildings that bear witness to Strasbourg's rich history, and you'll notice that half your cruise takes place in the middle of a green corridor.
Batorama at Christmas, a journey through time
Christmas in Strasbourg is a magical time. The city is decked out in a thousand lights, Christmas markets are set up in the streets and a festive atmosphere pervades the city. And Batorama is no exception.
During the Christmas period, Batorama offers a special cruise: the "Christmas Cruise of yesteryear". This one-hour cruise takes you back in time and immerses you in memories of Christmas in another era. Jeanne Loesch takes the helm and, above all, speaks for this unique visit.
She tells you all about the Christmases of her childhood, Alsatian traditions, the making of bredele, decorating the Christmas tree, the Christkindel and Hans Trapp (the Alsatian bogeyman). It's a moment of sharing and nostalgia that lets you see Strasbourg and Christmas from a different angle.
My opinion of Batorama
For me, Batorama is a must-see in Strasbourg. I particularly enjoy seeing the city from a different angle, on board the boat. You discover things that you don't usually see on foot or by bike. The audio guide commentary is interesting (in 11 languages included english, german and italian), informative and fun. Going through the locks is always a special moment, an experience that children particularly enjoy.
The "Strasbourg, 20 centuries of history" tour is my favourite. It's complete and allows you to discover the city's history in a fun and instructive way. I also like the pace of the cruise. It's calm and relaxing. You can choose between a covered, air-conditioned boat or an open-air boat, which means you can adapt to the weather.
Practical information about the Batorama boat trip
Where to catch Batorama in Strasbourg?
The departure point for the boat trips is near Notre-Dame cathedral, beneath the Palais Rohan and the city's historical museum. Make sure you get there a little early to collect your tickets and take a seat on board.
Ticket prices vary according to the tour chosen. For the "Strasbourg, 20 centuries of history" tour, the most comprehensive, the price is €14.90 for an adult, €7.50 for a child aged 4 to 12 and free for children under 4. Reduced rates are available with the Pass Alsace (€5 with the Batorama option) or the Strasbourg City Card (€11.90 instead of €14.90).
Pass Alsace : The Best of Alsace in your Pocket
Enjoy free entry to over 60 tourist sites, including Batorama, fortified castles, museums, and more fun activities and discounts in Alsace.
Strasbourg City Card - 7-Day City Pass
Explore Strasbourg with a 7-day city pass that offers discounted rates for attractions and activities. Climb up the Strasbourg Cathedral, take a guided walking tour, or enjoy Batorama.
To avoid long queues and guarantee your place on board, I recommend you book your tickets online. That way you can choose the date and time that suits you best.
A final tip: don't forget your camera. Your river boat trip will give you an original viewpoint and, above all, a great overview of the city.