The concept: a guided tour provided by a real local enthusiast
The concept is very simple: discover Strasbourg with a volunteer Local-Trotter guide either during one of our scheduled tours or for a group that you have organised yourself. Our Local-Trotter guides are neither tourism professionals nor are they historians, they are perhaps more akin to Greeters. Each volunteer will lead you to discover Strasbourg through their eyes and will guide your tour on the basis of the subjects that they enjoy and know better, while ensuring that their audience are suitably interested. You might have guessed by now: our tours are provided by people who really are enthusiastic and passionate about Strasbourg!
The setting: Strasbourg
Local-Trotter Strasbourg offers guided tours exclusively in Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace and official seat of the European Parliament; a magnificent city that is steeped in a fascinating history with diverse architectural styles. Each volunteer will suggest tours in the areas that they love and know best. Obviously, most tours take place in the city centre (from Petite-France to Place de la République) and on the edge of the Krutenau district, but we may sometimes venture into Neudorf, Neuhof, the Conseil des XV or even to the European Institutions, as well as into some of the less prized tourist areas.
The cost: Free
As we state in our charter, our guides are volunteers so are offering a free guided tour from their free time. However, what sets us apart from conventional Greeters is that our guides are prepared to accept tips, though they in no way request them. In this way, visitors are free to thank the volunteer, but they are under no obligation to do so. One way of doing so might be to offer your volunteer a meal in a local restaurant, a post-tour drink in a nearby bar, or perhaps a small sum of money or a small gift. Such gestures are of course symbolic and do not have to be in the classic form of remuneration. This is entirely up to you, as at Local-Trotter we do not follow you up or ask for a portion of any tour fees.
The duration: variable
We suggest to our volunteers that they take around 3 hours for a tour in fine weather, and 2 hours for a tour in inclement weather, but each volunteer is free to define the duration of the tour, which is stated directly on the website.
The style: to show you around the city like a friend
Each volunteer has their own particular style, but the central premise remains to show you the city as we would for a friend. In other words, you can expect a very friendly visit. What often motivates our volunteers is not only the desire to share their passion and love for Strasbourg, but to take part in an exchange with you. So please feel free to ask questions, discuss and share your knowledge and experiences. This will only make the tour all the more interesting for everyone involved!
What does “Local-Trotter” mean?
A globetrotter is, naturally, someone who travels the world. In line with the same principle, a “Local-Trotter” is a traveller who explores their local community! To become a Local-Trotter, all you have to do is visit your town or region and take a concerted interest, or perhaps even develop a real passion.