Life in the district

This district surrounded almost entirely by water (also known as the “Neudorf peninsula”), has all the makings of a city port. The industrial architectural heritage of the port area is transformed as it becomes home to restaurants and shops, a destination in its own right.

The quays are converted into walkways, and the northern tip is turned into a park and linked up to the Parc de la Citadelle. Productive activities are integrated into the project and port jobs (Cafés SATI ou Batorama) are saved. Thus, a link is established between what exists today and the mixed district of tomorrow. A new housing district is emerging on the waterfront, along the Vauban basin.

The district is formed of a grid of narrow streets and alleys where car traffic is restricted. The height of the buildings alternates between two and four storeys. Landscaped avenues serve the dwellings grouped together in islands. Outside areas are breathing spaces of greenery, ideal for meeting up with neighbours in shared gardens and alleys. The dwellings have extensions in the form of loggia, balconies, and patios. The roofs re-interpret the Alsatian tradition of superposed openings and light sources.

Buildings, vegetation pictogram



Pencil, model pictogram

300 workers

Ball, pencil pictogram

1 quayside walkway connected to the Parc de la Citadelle by a new footbridge

Ball, pencil pictogram

8 000 m² of socio-cultural and economic activities (citadelle shopping mall, local services, Café Sati, etc.)

Access and getting around

Less than 15 minutes by tram from the historic centre of Strasbourg, the peninsula is easily accessible and relieved of car traffic, with parking provided by two parking and transport hubs in the southern part of the district. Crossing the peninsula, an elevated green walkway runs along the dyke from the rue de Nantes, culminating in a viewing platform leading straight to the Parc de la Citadelle, linked to the district by a new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians that weaves its way above the water basins. Where necessary, motor vehicles have access to a one-way loop. The shops are centred around the Citadelle tramstop, already in use.

Map showing tram stops, transport hubs, and key locations in the 4 districts covered by the Deux-Rives project
Map showing tram stops, transport hubs, and key locations in the 4 districts covered by the Deux-Rives project

Before / After

Position of the future Citadelle bridge, as it looks now. Credit: Agence TER
Position of the future Citadelle bridge. Credit: Agence TER
Emplacement de la future passerelle citadelle. Crédits Agence TER
Emplacement de la future passerelle citadelle, aujourd'hui. Crédits Agence TER
View of Citadelle from the André Bord bridge, as it is today. Credit: Agence TER
View of Citadelle from the André Bord bridge. Credit: Agence TER
Vue de Citadelle depuis le Pont André Bord. Crédits Agence TER
Vue de Citadelle depuis le Pont André Bord, aujourd'hui. Crédits Agence TER

History of the district

Map of Strasbourg showing Vauban fortifications in 1750. Credit: AVES
Aerial view of the André Bord bridge in the Citadelle district. Photo credit: Jean Isenmann, ADEUS

Where does Citadelle get its name?

Citadelle is named after the military construction built by Marquis de Vauban after Strasbourg was annexed by the Kingdom of France in 1681 and Vauban was working on a system of fortifications to keep watch over the Rhine. The Citadelle was partially destroyed by wartime bombing in 1870 .

From coalport to the Autonomous Port of Strasbourg

As the Port of Strasbourg gradually moved towards the Rhine, the Citadelle peninsula was surrounded by the Dusuzeau basin in 1882, followed by the Vauban basin in 1931. The site was then converted into a coalport for various industrial activities.

Let's talk about it!

Would you like to know more about the project and its 4 districts? If so, the Point Coop – Café Deux-Rives is the place for you, a mediation space where you will find a project model and an exhibition dedicated to the project, along with temporary exhibitions put on by key district stakeholders, and, the cherry on the cake, a visitors’ café! The Point Coop is open to visitors every Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 6 pm.

However, if the wait is too long, you can always get in touch by filling in the form below, and we shall do what we can to answer your questions as quickly as possible!


18 rue du Port du Rhin
67000 Strasbourg

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Wednesdays: 2 pm › 6 pm
18 rue du Port du Rhin


Tram D, Port du Rhin Tram Stop
N° 2 Bus Line, Coopérative Bus Stop

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