Petite France, historical sector of Strasbourg’s "Grande Île"
A classified UNESCO World Heritage Site
This atypical district was built during the 14th century on the banks of the "Ill" River. Fisherman, tanners and millers were the first to settle in this southern part of the city. The half-timbered houses were then, as today, the emblem of this district, and are perfect examples of traditional housing in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The Petite France is the most iconic and picturesque sector of Strasbourg. Its bucolic charm, its omnipresent history and its enchanting panorama should not be missed on a stay in the Alsace region.
From a tanner’s district to a gastronomic district
For several centuries this area was the hotbed of the leather tanning activity of Strasbourg, but over the years this activity gave way to tourism. Nowadays curious travellers from around the world come and stroll through its paved streets on the banks of the river. At only a few minute’s walk from the train station, various monuments await the visitors: the Pont Tournant (Pont Faisan), les Ponts Couverts, the Modern Art Museum, the Vauban barrage...
The district is now the epicentre of Strasbourg’s gastronomy. Whether its taking a refreshing drink on a café terrace, tasting the well-known flammekueche, or savouring a gastronomic meal, there is something for everyone. You will find L’Oignon at 4 rue des Moulins, in the heart of Petite France, steps away from the Pont Tournant.