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Strasbourg Office Space Guide

A guide to serviced offices and office space to rent in Strasbourg as well as general information that may be useful if you are considering renting office space in Strasbourg.

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History & Geography

One of France’s most important cities and the capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg is one of the oldest cultural and economic centres in the country. The city is located near to the German border in the east of the country on the Ill River. It is across from the German town of Kehl and 12 miles east of the Vosges Mountains and 16 miles west of the Black Forest. The city celebrated its 2,000th anniversary in 1988 and is one of the oldest cities in its region. Strasbourg began life as a Roman outpost named Argentoratum. In the fifth century the town was invaded and occupied by the Alemanni, and then by the Huns and the Franks. It was in the ninth century the town started being referred to as Strasbourg. In 923 the town fell under the auspices of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1348 the population was decimated by the Bubonic Plague. However in the years following the city continued to prosper and the population gradually increased again. In 1439 the Strasbourg Cathedral was built, making it at that time the world’s tallest building. Several years later Strasbourg again made history when Johannes Gutenberg invented the first movable type printing press in the city. Strasbourg enjoyed the status of a free city until the French Revolution in the late 18th century. During the 19th century, the population of the city increased dramatically, however, the city was bombarded extensively during the Franco-Prussian War, suffering widespread destruction. In 1871 the city became part of the German Empire, and in the subsequent years the city’s university was founded and it continued to expand. After WWI Strasbourg once again became part of France, against the will of many of its citizens, the majority of which were German-speaking. During WWII the city was heavily damaged by Allied bombing but was rebuilt extensively soon after. In 1952 the city was designated as the headquarters of the European Parliament.


There are several important European organizations which call Strasbourg home and help to drive the city’s economy. The Council of Europe, Eurocorp, the European Parliament and the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine all have their headquarters in the city. Thousands of civil servants and functionaries have moved to the city due to this and contribute a great deal to the local economy. Manufacturing and engineering are also important parts of the city’s economy, as well as communications by road, river and rail. The city is known as a centre of innovation and entrepreneurship and has one of the healthiest economies in the area. Among the reasons for this is that Strasbourg is a university city with a traditionally large student population. The Universite de Strasbourg is one of the most respected in France with approximately 43,000 students and over 4,000 researchers. Due to its proximity to the mighty Rhine River, boatbuilding is another important industry in the city. Several large boatyards call Strasbourg home, employing thousands of the city’s workforce.

Tourism & Culture

While Strasbourg does not have the tourist industry of Paris or Nice, it still receives thousands of visitors every year. As one of the oldest cities in France, Strasbourg has a host of historical and cultural attractions. Its sandstone cathedral is one of the oldest in the country and is well-known for its distinctive astronomical clock. The city’s black and white timber-framed buildings are also famous, with most located in the Petite-France district which runs parallel to the Ill River. Other medieval churches in the city include the Eglise Saint Thomas as well as the Eglise Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune Protestant, which boasts intricate gothic architecture. The city is also known for its elaborate parks, the most famous and historically significant of which is the Parc de l’Orangerie. Many visitors also stop by the Parc de la Citadelle, a park built next to an old 17th-century fortress. As one would expect of such a city, Strasbourg also has a wide array of museums. The Musee des Beaux-Arts displays paintings by Goya, Botticelli, Rubens and Van Dyck, among others. One of the most interesting of the city’s museums is the Musee Historique, which shows Strasbourg’s storied, eventful and dramatic history.


Strasbourg Airport is located approximately ten kilometres southwest of the city. It is served by a commuter rail which leaves every 15 minutes. The airport has flights to most of the larger cities in France as well as some in North Africa. Strasbourg is also served by the Gare du Strasbourg, which operates the famous TGV high-speed train with service to Paris and also into Germany. Public transportation in the city itself is widespread and efficient. The best way to get around Strasbourg is by the city’s tram system, instituted in 1994. The tram visits most of the areas of the city and is cheap and convenient.

Office space to rent in Strasbourg

Due to the ever-slowing French economy, the office market in Strasbourg is in the doldrums. The current average rent for Grade A office space in the city is EUR 190 per square metre per year. This is expected by analysts to remain fairly steady as it is unlikely new stock will be added to the market in the near future. Companies are currently looking to slash expenses and many are seeking to renegotiate their leases. Investors are reluctant to invest in new projects given the unsteadiness of the French and wider European economy.



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