Moving to Strasbourg

Moving to another country isn’t an easy feat. You’ll need to select a university, find housing and acclimate to a new city and a different culture. So, we have prepared this helpful guide to make sure that you have all of the information that you’ll need to succeed!

About Strasbourg

When the European Parliament opened in 1979, Strasbourg became internationally known. Strasbourg is also seen as a major center for cultural, commercial and business exploits.

It is also home to the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights, along as the chief city of Alsace.

Strasbourg also has a number of universities, especially for international studies and civil service, with the National School of Administration (ENA) being among the most prestigious.

Languages in Alsace

The most commonly spoken language is French. However, many residents also speak German, due to the city’s proximity to the border.

You may also hear three additional languages. Two include the Swiss-German and Baden-Wurtemburg dialects, which are typically heard in the regions closest to those borders. The third is an Alsatian dialect.

Weather in Strasbourg

When you’re looking for the best weather in Strasbourg, head outdoors during April through September. Also, keep in mind that February is the coldest month. The worst climate is generally in January through March.

October is usually fairly mild, with 17°C as the maximum temperature. In November, the temperature reaches 11°C, with high rain. December generally brings a high temperature of 5°C, and it brings the most rain of the year.

Public Holidays

  • 1 January - New Year’s Day

This is the first day of the year, and you can expect firework displays at 00:00 and various other celebrations.

  • 17 April - Easter Monday

This Christian holiday is celebrated on the day after Easter. It was once a week-long celebration.

  • 1 May - Labour Day

Also known as May Day, this holiday is now used to celebrate the labor movement and its achievements. It is also commonly known as International Worker’s Day, with a public holiday in more than 80 different countries.

  • 8 May - Victory in Europe Day

Victory in Europe Day, also known as VE Day or V-E Day, is a French national holiday that is also typically called Victoire 1945 or La fête de la victoire. It commemorates the day in 1945 when the Allied Forces of WWII accepted the surrender of the German armed forces.

  • 25 May - Ascension Day

This is the 40th day of the Easter celebration when Jesus ascended into heaven 39 days after the resurrection on Easter. Also a Christian holiday, it can be referred to as The Ascension of Jesus, The Feast of the Ascension, Holy Thursday or Ascension Thursday.

  • 4 June - Mother’s Day

Celebrated in over 50 countries around the world, it is a holiday to honor mothers.

  • 5 June - Whit Monday

Also called Pentecost Monday, this public holiday is held on the Monday following Whitsunday. Sometimes known as Pentecost, it is held 10 days after Ascension and 50 days after Easter. This is also the end of Easter, which began with the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday 90 days before.

  • 14 July - Bastille Day

This holiday commemorates when the Bastille, a prison in Paris, was stormed in 1789, when King Louis XVI reigned, beginning the French Revolution. Now, Bastille Day is a time for military parades throughout Paris and other garrison cities. Flags are hung along the Champs-Élysées, where infantry, cadets and motorized and mounted troops march from the l’Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde. There are also large firework and air force displays.

  • 15 August - Assumption Day

In France, this is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics, where most Catholics attend church. Plus, celebrations are held close to the Spanish border in Lourdes. In 1858, legend tells that a girl named Bernadette saw a vision of Mary in a cave close to Lourdes. Millions of Catholics come to Lourdes each year for Assumption Day. Some even claim to be healed when drinking water from the spring near the cave.

  • 1 November - All Saints’ Day

Also known as La Toussaint, All Saints’ Day is a Christian holiday to remember martyrs and saints, even those without their own feast days. In France, this is a public holiday when businesses, banks and schools are closed. Many celebrate the day by attending church.

  • 11 November - Armistice Day

Often called L’armistice de la Première Guerre Mondiale, Armistice Day remembers the end of the first World War. Churches hold special services in the memory of soldiers who died in battle.

  • 25 December - Christmas Day

Often called Noel, this public bank holiday is celebrated all across the globe. This Christian holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, and almost all join in on the gift giving and fun. You may also see many Nativity scenes depicting Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus throughout France. It is also a time to spend with family, along with giving gifts to the poor.

5 Facts About Strasbourg

  1. European Parliament. When thinking about living in Strasbourg, it’s nice to know a few interesting things about the city.

Strasbourg is home to several European institutions, including the Council of Europe, the Eurocorps, the European Ombudsman of the European Union and the International Institute of Human Rights.

Additionally, Strasbourg has:

  1. The acclaim of being the third and the final city that is not a capital, but is the seat of International institutions, along with Geneva and New York.

  2. 248 miles of biking routes, making it one of the most bike-friendly cities.

  3. Passerelle, the newest bridge, opening just a mile from the city center in 2004, constructed for only cyclists and pedestrians, crossing over the Rhine and joining France to Kehl, Germany.

  4. Strasbourg's Christmas market, which was founded in 1570, making it the most famous due to its size and its convenient location

  5. The starting line and the first lap for the Tour de France.

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