French or German? Alsatian!
The language in this part of France is Alsatian. An interesting mix of French and German as you can see in the wine stube sign here. Everyone of course understand French and many people German too but in the streets you will hear Alsatian.
What a spectacular sight to walk along the river and see all these wonderful old halftimbered houses reflecting in the water - it seems as if you are right there in the Middle Ages! There are dozens of little alleys that you can just wander around - just be prepared that you will not be alone!
Situated in a former Monastery the museum contains the prestigious Issenheim Altar painted by Mathis Grunewald ,an important collection of Renisch sculptures and pasintings from the end of the middle ages and from the renaissance
The Kopfhaus (House of Heads) is a magnificent example of German Renaissance architecture. It was built 1609 for the merchant Antonius Burger.
It got its name because of the many heads (or masks) which decorate the alcove.
On top of the gable you can see a statue by Bartholdi (1902)
Petite Venise (Little Venice)
The charming quarter called "Little Venice" is one of the main attractions of Colmar. Picturesque colourful houses were built to both sides of the small river La Lauch, on which you can do a boat trip.
A lot of nice, small restaurants offer good local food. Just stroll along the cobbled alleys and soak up the atmosphere of past times.