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 centre. Moreover, it has immaculate streets, canals and famous half-timbered houses.
What to see
Visitors can start from the Grand-Rue, in the heart of the village. Here there are shops, restaurants with old forged signs and colourful flowers on the balcony. Secondary, they can visit Petite Venise (little Venice), another well known district of the town. For instance, it has picturesque small canals and houses on both sides of the river, reminding of Venice. Probably the best way to discover this area is participating to a boat tour. Then they can visit Tanneurs (Tanners) another lovely area. It has high wood framing houses and half-timbered houses, mostly from the 17th and 18th centuries. Above all, in this quarter was born the sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, the father of New York’s Statue of Liberty.
Fishmonger‘s district has the iconic half-timbered colourful houses and it was the place where most of the professional fishermen and boatmen were.
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.
Furthermore, Colmar is in the Alsace wine area and offers fabulous wines (Riesling, Sylvaner and Grand Cru) and delicate gourmet dishes. It is the perfect starting spot to explore and visit wine wineries.
Photo Credit: ©Office de Tourisme de Colmar