European Heritage Days in Strasbourg

The European Heritage days are held during a weekend in September and are designed to allow citizens to explore the cultural heritage.

What are the European Heritage Days?

The event was created in 1984 by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and it sets out to allow citizens to explore their cultural assets. The European Heritage Days have a wide brief, which covers, for example, civil and religious architectural masterpieces, industrial buildings and farmhouses, parks and gardens, archaeological sites, garden architecture, literature and the military and river heritage.

What is the programme ?

50 or so Strasbourg buildings and establishments open up their doors for the event each year:

  • Public and private buildings and their collections which are usually closed to the public
  • Guided walking or bike tours to explore the heritage of the city's different districts
  • Buildings which are usually open to the public, including the museums of the City of Strasbourg and the archives, which organise special activities, such as guided visits, exhibitions, film projections and lectures.


The national programme of the European Heritage Days can be found here:

Key figures

Strasbourg's heritage in 2011 :

  • Some 250 buildings and monuments listed as being of historical importance
  • 1 protected sector
  • 1 site listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site