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Explore the oldest wine route in France

Strasbourg is the starting point for France's oldest wine route, Vins d'Alsace. Although Riesling remains the region's most revered refreshment, the vineyards stretching 170km (106 miles) south also produce some great reds. If wine is your thing, Ophorus (tel +33 633 051 009; www.ophorus.com) can help you uncork the best in the region.

Follow the Fortress trail on two wheels

Home to the largest cycle network in France, the best way to enjoy Strasbourg is on two wheels. Vélhop (tel +33 969 393 667; www.velhop.strasbourg.eu), the city's rental scheme, makes it easy to get in the saddle whilst routes such as the Fortress Cycle trail are flat, well marked and ideal for sightseeing and a picnic lunch.

Strap on some snowshoes for a winter hike

Usually, winter in France means only one thing: skiing. But Strasbourg's proximity to the Black Forest Mountains offers a less crowded way to enjoy the glistening landscape. Snowshoe walks are gaining in popularity; local ski shops offer maps and shoe rental whilst bright pink signposts guide you on the hike.

Tour the city in a classic 2CV car

One of the chicest ways to see Strasbourg is by chauffeur-driven 2CV (tel +33 663 693 375; www.love2cv.com). Drop the soft-top and take a tour in a classic Citroën car past the cathedral and European Parliament before bouncing through the historic Old Town. Longer trips cross into Germany and include a picnic and a stop for wine.

Try your hand at Tarte Flambée

The essence of Alsace can be found among the tilted half-timber frames of Strasbourg's Old Town, where almost every tavern will have tarteflambée (bacon and onion tart) on their menu. Once you get a taste for it, try making it yourself. Food & City Tours (http://foodandcitytours.com) offer cookery classes in a traditional Winstub (wine lounge).

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Hôtel Maison Rouge

Well suited for small business meetings and located close to the pedestrianised area around place Kléber, this stylish hotel, with its high-ceilinged breakfast room, is full of character. Its rooms and suites are individually decorated, and the dining room and hall display beautiful pieces of furniture and ceramics.

Hôtel Monopole Métropole

Not far from the station, this 19th-century three-star hotel is in a quiet street close to the old quarter. Its elegant rooms feature mainly contemporary furnishings, with a few pleasing traditional touches added. This mix of modern and traditional extends to the dining room, with its soaring wooden ceiling and medieval-style alcoves.

Le Kléber Hôtel

You can't beat the location of this cosy two-star hotel – it's right on Place Kléber and steps away from major tram stops. Rooms have colour themes based on spices and other flavours, some with beamed ceilings and tucked into alcoves. Attic rooms offer great views of the square.

Hôtel Hannong

The Horn brothers, renowned modern art collectors, founded this stylish hotel in the 1920s on the site of an 18th-century Hannong china factory. Its understated rooms have contemporary décor with the odd splash of colour amid the neutral palettes. Have a drink in the classy Black & Wine bar and its intimate garden.

Hôtel Régent Petite France & Spa

This chic hotel a former ice factory consists of three 17th-century buildings overlooking the Ill River in Petite France. Behind a traditional façade the hotel's interior is decorated in sleek contemporary designs and original paintings. Facilities include a gastronomic restaurant a champagne bar and a spa with an outdoor hot tub.

Strasbourg Hilton

A short drive from the city centre, this large modern hotel is near the EU institutions and opposite the Congress Centre. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the stylish rooms offer views of the cathedral or the European Parliament. Guests can make use of the sauna and gym as well as extensive business facilities.