Alsace is one of France's prettiest regions, with tons of fairytale villages that look like something out of a Grimm story. I'd recommend getting lost in the streets of Colmar, enjoying the colorful wooden homes and the cute storefronts, or taking a canoe trip then settling down to a nice dinner with a bottle of a good Alsatian wine like a Riesling. You can't miss the "Petite Venise" or the "Muelle de la Poissonerie".
Colmar is also called Little Venice because of its similarity to the Italian city. The city lies along the river. A small Turenne Street bridge offers a beautiful view showing the houses along the water. It has a beautiful view, with Alsace typical traditional and colorful half-timbered houses. The boat rides are still available!
In the heart of Colmar, a beautiful Alsatian city, one can find this historic building from the XVII century converted into a charming hotel. It has big rooms, wood beams, patios and breakfast with freshly squeezed juice and cheese. We are in France! It is the ideal place to pamper yourself during a tour of the Alsace.
This house is the most famous and most beautiful half-timbered house in Colmar. It was built of wood and stone in 1537 in Renaissance style. The house is painted almost entirely in the two plants that compose it. There are also balconies decorated with geraniums and other flowers. It is simply sublime.
The Collegiate Church of San Martin is a church we discovered not far from the city centre, whose dimensions are quite disconcerting. It was built in 1235, but, like many buildings of this type, time has not been kind to it, so it had to be rebuilt in part, particularly after a fire destroyed part of it in 1572. It is the most impressive church we saw in the area; during the French Revolution, it actually had cathedral status as the seat of a bishop.
If you visit Colmar, be sure to make time for the Unterlinden museum, in the former Dominican convent. Here you can enjoy some absolute masterpieces of German Renaissance painting, including the altarpiece of Issenheim by Mathias Grunewald. The museum also includes almost all the extant paintings by Martin Schongauer, a native of Colmar. To finish, it has an archaeological section, an area dedicated to the decorative arts (ceramics, jewellery, furniture, musical instruments, weapons, etc) and modern art.
This grey building, with a green and yellow roof, is the old customs house. It has two parts, and serves as a warehouse, especially during Chrsitmas. On the ground floor you can find some really interesting things, with some artisans and antique shops. It's a good place to go in winter to warm up, but it's usually crowded. A Nativity scene is installed at the entrance.
This huge square has been an important historical spot, as it was once an area for military exercises. Today it has a dynamic fountain with alternating jets and a peaceful green field with some trees. We're not talking about a forest here, but it's enough to find a peaceful green spot in the city centre, and there are plenty of opportunities to relax here.
In the centre of Colmar, near the Unterlinden museum, this huge fourteenth century church is part of a Dominican convent. It houses the famous altarpiece of the Virgin in the Rosal, from the fifteenth century. The area outside is very busy in December, when one of Alsace's biggest and best Christmas markets takes place.
If you visit the beautiful city of Colmar, don't miss the Rue des Marchards! Often, tours of the city start on this street. It's very pretty, with half-timbered ceilings and colourful buildings, and a variety of shops selling watches, local products, and souvenirs. Quite a short street, but lovely!
With the mountain streets and the green area of the Dominican church, this is the 3rd largest Christmas market in the city. This elegant square is surrounded by half-timbered houses that recently hosted the market (years ago Christmas happened in Alsace), but it's now closer to Little Venice. As with any nice Christmas market, here you'll find wooden toys, crafts and many local specialties, as well as a wide selection of hot drinks to alleviate the cold.
This pier stands out for the vivid colors of the surrounding houses. All the houses are made of wood, and are particularly bright. There are some small shops and restaurants on the pier, which is well-decorated with flowers in summer.
Looking for things to see in Colmar? Be sure to bring your camera, because this beautiful city, with both French and German influences, is packed with unforgettable sights.
Start your journey of Colmar activities with a stroll through the Old Town. The buildings here are in the German Gothic style, and you'll feel like you're walking through the pages of a fairy tale. Indeed, the city has an important archaeological heritage. Inside the city center, Colmar attractions like the church of Saint Martin will show you a stunning glimpse of the past. This church dates back to the 13th century, making it one of the oldest attractions in Colmar, and it is remarkably well-preserved.
Other religious stuff to do in Colmar includes a trip to the Dominican Convent. And for art lovers, the Unterlinden Museum, dedicated to Rhenish art, is one of the best things to do in Colmar. Here you can learn more about the traditions of the region and its artistic history.
Wondering what to do in Colmar to relax? Little Venice, a neighborhood surrounded by canals, is one of the best places to visit in Colmar to enjoy a good walk, sit on the terrace, or dine in one of the restaurants ... in other words, the perfect end after a long day of city sightseeing. You'll love the historical sites here - there is a street of tanners, a street of merchants, and one where you'll find the Pfister House, one of the most important architectural symbols of Colmar.
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