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33 Route de Strasbourg, Colmar, 68000, France
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Passion by Isenmann (1465; Last Section)Passion by Isenmann (1465; Last Section)

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Avis car rental location

by claytonkeller

We must leave an Avis rental car at Avis' downtown Colmar office, 8 Route de Strasbourg, on a Saturday morning in late September. Mappy and Mapquest disagree on the location of this address. One shows it at the airport; the other shows it farther south. In either case, will we be able to get a local bus there to return to the center city? Or is it within 2 or 3 kilometers, so we can walk? Thanks for any help.

RE: Avis car rental location

by Beausoleil

According to Mappy, 8 Route de Strasbourg is about 2.5 miles (3.64 km) to Centre Ville, Colmar. If you have luggage, you might prefer a bus or taxi. Check with Avis and see where the nearest bus stop is or ask if they have a shuttle service to your hotel.

You can get directions by typing in the address as your starting point and Centre Ville, Colmar as the destination. You'll get a drop-down box and Centre Ville is your third choice. They will give you written directions and a little map.

I've never had much luck with MapQuest. Your other choice would be http://www.viamichelin.com and they are also excellent.

RE: RE: Avis car rental location

by claytonkeller

Thanks for your help and suggestions. I've also found, by checking Colmar's bus service's Web site, that a bus line runs very near to 8 route de Strasbourg, and that the line operates on Saturday mornings. We won't have any luggage (having arrived and checked in at our hotel the previous night).

Travel Tips for Colmar

Pain d'epices

by gueto

Before you leave the town, remember to try the famous cake "pain d'epices". Made out of fine spices such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Delicious all year round, specially in wintertime accompanied by hot red wine. It comes in different shapes like hearts or like the famous Alsatian children.

Fantastic Imagery

by ExGuyParis

A must-see activity in Colmar is a visit to the Musée d'Unterlinden. The Unterlinden museum, located in an old Dominican convent, is home to a remarkable work of art called the Issenheim Altarpiece.

Matthias Grünewald was born somewhere in the range of 1470 to 1480, and died in 1528. Little is known about this artist, other than the fact that he created an incredible masterpiece called le Retable d’Issenheim, [the Issenheim Altarpiece].

Matthias Grünewald d'Aschaffembourg was commissioned to create an altar for a church in Issenheim, a small town south of Colmar. The church belonged to an order of monks dedicated to Saint Anthony, and pilgrims visited their church to pray to this saint. Many of the pilgrims suffered from “Saint Anthony’s Fire” [ergotism], an extremely unpleasant skin disease caused by a strep infection. The disease causes fever, horrible skin eruptions, and often death. Grünewald’s paintings include several scenes of events in the life of Saint Anthony, as well as an image of someone suffering from this terrible disease.

Grünewald’s painted panels (1512-1516) are attached to a central segment with sculptures by Nicolas de Haguenau (circa 1500). Depending on the church calendar, various panels could be opened or closed to expose different paintings. There is an annunciation, a crucifixion, resurrection, the temptation of Saint Anthony, the death of Saint Sebastien.

The paintings of Grünewald are fantastic, literally and figuratively. We spent hours studying this work. Dive in; appreciate the powerful details and the incredible whole. Imagine the mind of the man that created this incredible imagery.

Town Walk - 3 - Town Library

by robertbaum

"Founded in 1803, the municipal library is housed in the former Dominican convent buildings, which were rebuilt between 1733 and 1742 around the medieval cloister. Its ancient origins are a result of the bringing together of the prestigious monastic libraries of Haute Alsace, and it contains over 1200 manuscripts, the oldest of which dates from the 8th century, more than 2700 early printed books and almost 5000 prints from the 16th to the 18th centuries."

Town Walk - 5 - Voltaire's residence

by robertbaum

"A former noble property, this residence was owned by the Goll family in the 18th century. Voltaire rented 2 rooms there between 1753 and 1754: the philosopher had received an invitation from Frederick II and withdrew here after falling out with the ruler of Prussia, to complete his "Annales de l'Empire" with the help of lawyers from Colmar. The courtyard and neighbouring buildings at number 12 housed the Molly brewery during the 19th century. A fine wooden gallery dating from 1598 survives along the south facade."

Town Walk - 8 - Adolph house

by robertbaum

"Documented since the 14th century, and considered to be one of the oldest residences in Colmar, Maison Adolph owes its name to one of its owners, who added the wonderful Gothic bay windows in the second half of the 19th century. On the north facade, on the second floor, the lattices of the central window are reminiscent of the bays of the collegiate church of Saint Martin, and are probably from the same period."

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