Tickets to the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

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About Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

The Cathedral is open from Monday to Saturday from 8:30 AM to 11:15 AM and from 12:45 PM to 5:45 PM. On Sunday and public holidays it works from 2:00 PM to 5:15 PM.

The platform is open from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM and from 1:30 PM to 8:00 PM from April 1 to September 30, with the last admission at 7:15 PM. From October 1 to March 31, the opening hours are from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM, with the last admission at 5:15 PM.

The Cathedral is highly popular, and in order to avoid the crowds, we recommend visiting on weekday mornings, outside of the tourist season (summer months and Christmas time).

The historic Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg is currently the most visited cathedral in France (since Notre-Dame de Paris closed for reconstruction after the 2019 fire). The construction of the cathedral started in 1015 and was finished in 1439. One of the world’s finest examples of Gothic architecture, it also includes earlier Romanesque elements.

With its 466 feet spire, the Cathedral is one of the tallest churches in the world, and the highest edifice constructed in the Middle Ages and still standing. Its reddish sandstone walls change color depending on the lighting, and the ornate decorations and furnishings can be explored for hours.

What else is there to know about the church?

  • The architecture of the cathedral received praise from numerous writers and intellectuals, including Hugo and Goethe.
  • Some of most iconic elements of the internal decor are rose windows (the biggest of those is 46 feet in diameter) and stained glass windows from 12th-14th centuries.
  • the astronomical clock is a sophisticated device with animated figures of the apostles launching into movement every day around noon, a mechanical rooster, zodiac signs, an astrolabe, and an orrery.
  • Hitler visited the cathedral in 1940 after the occupation of Alsace and decided to ban Catholic worship there shortly afterwards.
  • The cathedral was damaged in the Allied bombing in 1944, and restored later; one of the windows was gifted to the church by the Council of Europe in 1956 to replace the one that had been destroyed back then.
  • A small statue of the dog of the 15th-century preacher, Johann Geiler von Kaysersberg, is depicted mourning its master after his death by the steps of the pulpit.
  • For breathtaking views of the city, climb up the 330 steps leading to the 216 feet platform. In clear weather, it is possible to see the Vosges mountains and the Black Forest.

The Cathedral is located in the very heart of the old town, at Place de la Cathédrale. The nearest tram stops are Langstross Grand'Rue (lines A and D), in just about 5 min walk, and Broglie (lines B, C, and F), 4 min walk. 

Strasbourg’s main railway station is about a 17 min walk from the Cathedral.

It's not recommend to drive in the old town, as the streets are narrow. Parking is also limited and can be expensive.

Our walking tour of Strasbourg’s Grande Île starts at the Place de la Cathédrale, so you’ll get the chance to explore the cathedral and its surroundings. 

FAQ about Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

Admission to the Cathedral is free. Access to the Platform costs €8 for adults, €5 for children aged 6-18, officials of the Eurométropole de Strasbourg, students with proof of ID, holders of the Carte culture ou Atout voir, members of groups of more than 20 people, and €2 for school groups of up to 30 people.

Admission is free for children aged 5 and younger, members of the Ministry of Culture, members of the Society of Friends of Strasbourg Cathedral, journalists, people with disabilities and carers, and for everyone during the European Heritage Days.

To observe the astronomical clock in action around noon, you’ll also need a separate ticket: €3 (full price) or €2 per person for groups of 12 and more people, students, and children aged 6-18.

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