The Happy Blog
Hello and welcome to the Happy Blog!
We are the Happy guides from Happy Strasbourg and we’re Happy to show our Happy articles to our Happy readers on our Happy blog… Is that too much “Happy”? Nope, because we think there is no such thing as too good a mood 😉
More seriously, the Happy Strasbourg team has decided to create a blog. That way we can share some knowledge outside of our guided tours and you can learn something about Strasbourg, even as you remain comfortably settled in your armchair. It will not necessarily replace the mood we give to our tours, but we shall try anyway and let you peek into our way of seeing things, through writing.
To write down our stories was something that tickled us for a while. Usually, we like to tell you about them live and direct. Yet, we find new ones everyday! And rightly so, because learning about our city, our region and everything else is the basis of our passion. We spend time looking into tiny details about that fact or that building, we spend time reading an encyclopedia. Well, OK, encyclopedias are no common bedside books, but such atypical stuff makes us so charming, doesn’t it?
On this blog, you will find some history and traditions (mostly Alsatian ones) of course, but also some more entertaining anecdotes, legends, folklore stuff, news, but always in a… Can you guess? That’s right: in a Happy way of course! 😀
And to cook that up, the whole team gets to work: Elise, Gabriel, Gilles, Gustave, Leo, Matthias and Remy. Between us, we call ourselves the “Happies”, a nice team of passionate people. What we love most is to share our stories, so, in the end, to create a blog was the obvious thing to do… We all trod different paths before we got here, but we grew up in our beautiful Alsace and rallied to that passion for culture(s). If you would like to know more about us, go check our descriptions!
We hope you’ll have a good time reading our writings and feel free to comment below them, you can even contact us to ask questions or give us some ideas!
We wish you a good reading.
Elise, Gabriel, Gilles, Gustave, Leo, Matthias, Remy.
Today, I felt like telling you about a specific place, not just about a building but really about an area, with all the changes and mishaps that occurred there as history ran its course. Let us talk about the number 22 of Broglie Square. We pass by everyday, especially us with our Free Tours and this is where you will find these days the Café Broglie.read more
Do you know how to tell the difference between a tale and a legend? The question is not so innocuous because many of us mix them up. And yet, they are almost opposites!read more
Dear reader, let me take you to the medieval Strasbourg. There we will meet a character whose job is certainly envied, at least by some who, like me, have a taste for grape.read more
Today, a somewhat special article, to tell you about our friend and colleague, Gilles Rosenfelder.read more
In a previous article, we discussed the street names that date back to middle age (and are still in use today!) and how they show the importance of guilds in Strasbourg and their precedence in the city’s political life. Back then, the name made a direct reference to the guild but remained neutral.read more
When the time comes to further explore Strasbourg, we set to leave the Vauban bridge behind and the last view of the Covered Bridges’ towers to then go up the river Ill. In the south and the west, one gets between the Elsau and the Montagne Verte (literally the Green Mountain), leaves the banks of the river and goes up north at last. Passing by Koenigshoffen, we can go and greet Hautepierre and its honeycomb structure before getting to Cronenbourg.read more
Now that we have covered the districts’ names in the city center (About the districts’ names – City center), let me take you for a guided ride to the southern area of our dear city. And what are the districts that spread to the south?
As we pass the Ill river, we first get to the Krutenau, slightly to the east. Then the Neudorf welcomes us and through the Meinau and the Musau we pass before we can dive into the Neuhof, at the south end of the city.
In a previous article (The diverse origins of districts’ names), we quickly focused on the origins of the districts’ names. After that first overview, I suggest we take a closer look into the districts’ names in the city center: the Castrum, the Great Island, the Finkwiller and the Hospital district.read more