Try Flammekueche, Kugelhopf and Beer in Strasbourg, Alsace on this local’s walking tour of this stunning part of France, with parts of the city listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

Do you know why Flammekueche (the Alsatian term for this type of pizza) or tarte flambée (what they call it in France) is a speciality of the historic region of Alsace?

Walk and eat your way through Strasbourg, France, including trying a local type of pizza called tarte flame with munster cheese and kugelhopf, an Alsatian cake, with my below video. I was able to enjoy this walking tour on a river cruise excursion from the SS Antoinette Uniworld River Cruise along the Rhine River. It was fantastic! You can also book walking tours of Strasbourg like this on your France vacation or arrange it on your own based on my tips from this video.

Cooked in a wood-fire oven, this pizza-like thin crust dish is topped with fromage blanc or crème fraîche, thin-sliced onions, slabs of bacon and sometimes also Munster cheese. Michele Zin-Cuder led me on this local’s tour and gave me an introduction to this “stinky cheese pizza.” According to local lore, the tarte flambée was created by farmers, who used to bake bread weekly for their families. It became popular in Alsatian cities in the 1960’s as a form of pizza snack and meal, best had with beer in a local restaurant.

Fabulous flammekuechen pizza in Strasbourg
Fabulous flammekuechen pizza in Strasbourg

Kugelhopf is another must-try in Strasbourg! A traditional pastry in Alsace, you can find it at bakeries throughout Strasbourg. You can find derivations of this cake in other parts of Europe, too. For instance, in Austria, they call this cake, Gugelhupf. 

Kugelhopf is a yeast based cake that is not super sweet. You’ll often find it made with raisins and almonds in a circular bundt shape. I was able to try this cake a pastry shop known for the best Kugelhopf in Strasbourg called Patisserie Buhler. 

Kugelhopf Alsace dessert in Strasbourg France
Kugelhopf Alsace dessert in Strasbourg France

This is an interesting part of France because it’s changed hands so many times between Germany and France. You can easily walk through Strasbourg to enjoy these food adventures and cuisine that has an interesting history. Strasbourg is located in Grand Est region of Eastern France and the official seat of the European Parliament. A portion of the city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s simply stunning!

Learn more about this walking tour that you can take on the Rhine River Cruise, which has an itinerary in the Darley Vacations portion of this website!