One of the marvellous things about Strasbourg’s location is it’s proximity to some of the most beautiful countryside in Europe. To the east: the Black Forest, to the north and west: the Vosges mountains – to the south: the Swiss Alps.

The closest real nature comes to the centre of Strasbourg however is the Robertsau Forest, which lies just to the northeast of Strasbourg (somewhere along the number 72 bus route), where you can cycle, stroll or pony-trek through a scenic landscape of woodlands, water-meadows and lakes.

Be warned though, Robertsau Forest also happens to house Strasbourg’s only naturist reserve, so don’t stray from the path unless you can handle naked german pensioners (not literally of course).