With its ‘fairytale’ atmosphere, Colmar is the capital of Alsace, the smallest region in France. Located on the border of Germany and Switzerland, it is a wonderfully preserved village with a charming historical center, immaculate streets, canals and famous half-timbered houses. The Grand-Rue in the heart of the village, is full of flowers, shops and restaurants with old forged signs.
What to see
One of the most well known districts of the town, probably named after the position of the houses on both sides of the river, is Petite Venise (little Venice). With picturesque small canals, a lovely way to discover this area is participating in a boat tour. Tanneurs (Tanners) another lovely area, has high wood framing houses and half-timbered houses, mostly from the 17th and 18th centuries. In this quarter was born the sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, the father of New York’s Statue of Liberty. In between the previous parts of Colmar there is the Fishmonger‘s district, with iconic half-timbered colorful houses, it was the place where most of the professional fishermen and boatmen were living.
To experience the authentic savor of Alsace, travelers have to visit Colmar Covered Market, a bazar set in a historic hall dating from 1865. The market welcomes more than twenty food growers and artisans selling a variety of high-quality products.
Colmar, in the Alsace wine area, offers fabulous wines (Riesling, Sylvaner and Grand Cru), delicate specialties and gourmet dishes and is the perfect base for wine explorations.
Photo Credit: ©Office de Tourisme de Colmar