Discover Sustainable Christmas Markets across Europe
From Paris to the Christmas Market in Strasbourg
Embark on an enchanting road trip to one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe: the so-called “Capital of Christmas” in Strasbourg. Departing from Paris, get ready for a delectable adventure in the heart of Alsace, as we explore the festive wonders and beautiful sights that await you.
The “Christkindelsmärik” is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe. It is considered the highlight of the year in Strasbourg and has been celebrated since 1570, so it is no surprise that the city is also known as the "Capitale de Noel" (Capital of Christmas).
As old as the tradition is, the measures to make the Christmas market more environmentally friendly are just as modern. Mulled wine is served in cups made from organic materials, and the entire gastronomy mainly offers fair trade products and organic food from local producers and artisans.
At the so-called “OFF Market", you can swap, recycle and search for antiques or participate in DIY gift-making activities. In several interactive workshops, participants can learn how to make their own decorations, Christmas cards, candles and more. Can’t wait to discover it all? Then let's go!
Au Revoir: From Paris to Reims
The road trip takes you from Paris to Strasbourg on the A4 via Reims and Metz. After a little less than 150 kilometres on the A4, you have reached the first stop of your journey: Reims. IONITY offers you two charging parks in the immediate vicinity of the city. You can charge with one of four High-power chargers at the IONITY station Vrigny just before Reims. Eight further chargers are available at the IONITY Station Champfleury south of Reims.
For a small glimpse of the Champagne and Coronation city, the number one must-see monument is the famous “Notre Dame de Reims” (Cathedral of Our Lady of Reims). Another highlight in the area is a guided tour through the chalk cellars of the world-famous champagne brand “Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin'', as well as champagne tastings and a gift store. If you decide to join such a tour, don’t get behind the wheel and find a lovely hotel in Reims instead.
Further through the Champagne: From Reims to Metz
The journey continues through the Champagne region, where the grapes used to produce champagne grow. Therefore, you will come across many vineyards and famous champagne winemakers here. Simply follow the A4 heading east if you prefer the quickest route. Time for a charging break? You can do so at either the IONITY station Verdun Saint-Nicolas Sud. Or alternatively, in the north of the city of Metz, around 170 kilometres from Reims. There, the IONITY station Hauconcourt, with as many as 18 chargers, awaits you. An added bonus: the IONITY station Hauconcourt is located directly next to a large shopping centre, including several restaurants. So there’s plenty to do while charging.
If you have a little more time to spare, Metz is a city with a rich history, a mix of old and new, and a welcoming atmosphere that makes it a delightful destination for travellers. When in Metz, you definitely have to visit the Metz Cathedral, a stunning Gothic cathedral known for its stained glass windows created by Marc Chagall. Need a little bit of relaxation? The Place de la Comédie, a charming square with cafés and restaurants, is just perfect for people-watching and enjoying local French cuisine.
Arriving in Strasbourg
Back on the road, the A4 will take you directly to Strasbourg in about 170 kilometres, depending on where you started. Your next possible charging stop is the IONITY station Brumath Bernolsheim, around 30 minutes from the Strasbourg city centre, where the Christmas market is held annually. The exact location of the Christmas market is between the “Place Broglie” and the “Place de la Cathédrale” (Cathedral Square). That said, you should opt for parking further outside the city centre as it can get very crowded during the holiday season.
Now, you can immerse yourself in the enchanting Christmas spirit of Strasbourg, relish in local Alsatian flavours, and admire the festive lights around you.
Address: Place Broglie, 67000 Strasbourg
Opening days: 24th November – 24th December
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 11:30 - 21:00
Overall travelling distance: 505 km
Number of IONITY Stations along the way: 5