Strasbourg in the Heart of the Rhineland Renaissance

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  • 2:30 PM
    Meeting point : At the corner of Rue des Halberdes and Place de la Cathédrale, Strasbourg
    14 place de la cathédraleStart Time: 14:30Available: 25 seats

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1.5 hours to 1.75 hours
Wheelchair Access: On request
In french
Min age: 8 years
Maximum Number of Participants: 25
Visit Details


  • Visiter Strasbourg en immersion dans le siècle d’or de Strasbourg, ville de commerce et d’échanges culturels au coeur de la Renaissance rhénane.
  • Explore the political, economic, and social intricacies of a free city within the Holy Roman Empire at the beginning of the 17th century.
  • Explore the world of traders, craftsmen, and their diverse guilds, pivotal figures in the city's life, as seen through the character of Marie Schmidt, daughter and wife of master artisans and Strasbourg's bourgeoisie.
  • Follow a certified tour guide who is passionate about history, dressed as a Renaissance bourgeois, and immerse yourself in the daily life of that era. Explore Strasbourg in a unique tour that takes you back in time.


Explore the economic and cultural richness of Strasbourg during the Renaissance. A Rhineland renaissance, nevertheless influenced by Italy, which is frequented by wealthy Strasbourg merchants, and by France, from where numerous Huguenot refugees flow in, rediscovering peace and prosperity in this Protestant city. As the birthplace of printing, reformed from the early 1520s, and a hub of humanism through figures like Sébastien Brandt and Jean Sturm, who founded a college that was a precursor to the University, Strasbourg possessed a constitution and a Senate that contributed to its autonomy and economic influence.

In the early 17th century, Strasbourg remained prosperous, with numerous new constructions and markets brimming with local wines, fruits, and vegetables. Bourgeois and nobles adorned themselves in London cloth and Italian silks and embellished their tables with high-quality silverware. Simultaneously, the city was teeming with daily laborers, peasants, and apprentices who lived more modestly and fervently feared political upheavals and epidemics that occasionally darkened the ideal picture of the "Strasbourg Golden Age."

Get to Know Your Guide/Character:

Meet Marie Schmidt, the daughter of a bookbinder, and the wife of a silversmith. She grew up in the printer's quarter and now lives on Rue des Hallebardes, just steps away from the cathedral. She frequents both the small producers in the markets and the wealthy bourgeois of the "Golden Square," where numerous silversmiths work. Her husband, Wolfgang Kerling, is one of the best among them.

Neighboring the Pfaltz, where laws are voted, in the year 1609, Wolfgang harbors new political ambitions. To persuade his peers, what better than a feast? Marie, who frequently assists him in his work, is tasked this time with organizing a grand banquet. Follow her on her journey through the old town to place orders with the Fronhof greengrocers, the piglet market butchers, and the wine merchants along the Ill River quays. Along the way, she'll share her interest in architecture and history with you, inherited from her childhood spent among her father's bookbinding workshops. From the tanner's houses, her father's suppliers, to the noble townhouses where she regularly delivers her husband's work, Marie knows all of Strasbourg and will be delighted to introduce it to you.

Starting Point:

At the corner of Rue des Halberdes and Place de la Cathédrale, Strasbourg

Points of Interest:

Maison Kammerzell, Cathedral and Fondation de l’Oeuvre Notre-Dame, Rue du Maroquin, Hôtel du Corbeau, Ancient Customs House, "Renaissance" houses along Quai Saint-Nicolas, Neubau, Petite France

Additional Information:

  • Live History TourGuided tour led in historical outfits where the character portrayed by the guide brings history to life in an interactive manner. Suitable for locals and passing tourists, in small groups, solo, with family, or friends.
  • Minimum of 6 adults required.Tours are confirmed once a minimum of 6 participants is reached. If the minimum is not met, the tour will be rescheduled to a date of your choice or refunded if the traveler cannot reschedule.
  • Cancellation Policy:Cancellation free of charge up to 48 hours before the tour time.
    Entre 48h et 24h avant la visite : 50% de pénalités
    Less than 24 hours before the tour: no refund.
    Tours continue in rainy weather.

Individual Rates

15 €
Reduced: Students (card)
10 €
Youth (13 to 17 years)
7 €
Children (8 to 12 years old)
5 €
Children (under 7 years)

Private Tour

  • Date and time of your choice
  • Language available: French
  • Tarif : 170€/groupe jusqu’à 10 personnes.
    Price on quote for groups >10
  • Capacity up to 25 people

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Group Traveller

Rencontrer une dame venue directement du début du 17ème siècle pour nous faire visiter sa ville et son quartier est un peu déstabilisant au début mais on se prend rapidement au jeu.
Malgré la pluie qui s’est invitée, nous avons passé un agréable moment, nous n’avons pas vu le temps passer et avons appris beaucoup de choses.
Merci Aurore alias Marie Schmidt pour ce voyage dans le passé.

9 March 2024

Nora L

Group Traveller

Balade immersive dans le Strasbourg historique
À Strasbourg, Aurore se glisse dans la peau de gentes dames du XIVème ou XVIème siècles, pour le tour Médiéval ou Renaissance.
C’est une guide férue d’Histoire, précise, passionnée et passionnante.
Ses habits et accessoires d’époque (s’il-vous-plaît) améliorent l’immersion.
Super expérience, que mes amis et moi recommandons chaudement.

October 22, 2023

Philippe D

Couple Traveller

Guide très intéressante, compétente et sympathique.
Une façon originale de découvrir l’histoire de la ville à une époque donnée.

September 19, 2023

Béatrice M

Solo Traveller

L’illusion est parfaite avec la guide en tenue d’époque en présence des bâtiments du 16e et début 17e siècle.
Je croyais connaitre ma ville, et j’ai découvert des pépites bien entretenues !
Bravo et merci !
J’ai hâte de me transposer dans d’autres siècles…

September 8, 2023

Bernadette M

Couple Traveller

Très belle visite, originale avec une guide passionnée et passionnante. Je recommande vivement tant aux touristes de passage qu’aux strasbourgeois.

August 16, 2023