Ibis Saint Die Des Vosges
5 Quai Jeanne d'Arc, Saint Die des Vosges, Lorraine, 88100, France
More about Colmar
Along the Lauch
First Level Loggia
Wood Carving (by Viet Wagner) (detail)
Need a driver?
My friend and I will be in Colmar for 1 day in July. We would like to spend about 4 hours there and then get a driver to take us to several of the surrounding village towns. Does anytone have any suggestions of houw to get a guide? Thanks.
Re: Need a driver?
The easiest way would be to contact the Colmar Tourist Office. You could do this online by typing Colmar into your Internet Browser Search window. The local tourist office almost always pops up in a search. The French tourist info bureaus are wonderful. They will book tours and accomodations for you so finding a driver would be a possibility. They would need to know ahead of time for that unless you wanted to go on a tour so do e-mail them to make arrangements.
BTW, you may find you can easily spend the entire day in Colmar. It's a very interesting small city. Type Colmar into the VT Search Window just above. This will bring you to the VT Travel Pages on Colmar. Check Tips on Things to Do for ideas. Their museum is excellent and the Petit Venice section is lots of fun. It's a bustling town and also has lots of wine tasting.
Travel Tips for Colmar
For all those who are interested in culture, museums, art collections the regional museums pass (Oberrheinischer Museumspass) is a great deal.
The Museums Pass covers more than 150 museums in the region, including Germany, France and Switzerland and such famous museums like the Art Museum in Basel and the Unterlinden museum in Colmar.
Unfortunately, the Dominican Church with the picture "Madonna im Rosenhag" is not included in the Museums Pass.
I purchased the short-time version, valid four days within one month. It costs 25 Euro.
www.museumspass.com (in German and French only)
Tel. CH: 061-205 00 40
Tel. D: 0761-707 83 82
Tel. F: 03 89 33 96 29
Jean Rapp was one of Napoleon's Generals. He suffered 22 injuries. Born as son of a doorkeeper in 1771 he died as Count and General in 1821.
His monument is to find at Place Rapp, west of the old town.
The Issenheim Altar Shows a Terrifying Crucifixion
The outer side of the closed multiple paneled altar piece has a large central painting of the Crucifixion. On the right side of the painting is St. Joseph supporting a distraught Mary and next to the Cross a kneeling Magdalene. On the left of Jesus is John the Baptist (two years dead) with a lamb. In a lateral painting to the right is St. Sebastian.
Frédéric Auguste Barholdi
Barholdi is Colmar's most well-known son. His Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, as a gift of friendship from France to the US. In Colmar you can visit the Barholdi Museum as well as the the house where he was born. There also many public works by Barholdi, notably the statue of General Rapp and Bruat Fountain in Place Rapp.
St. Martin's Cathedral
In some ways the most impressive building in Colmar, St. Martin's dominates the Place de la Cathedrale with its steeple which soars over 200 feet in the air and its typically Alsatian multi-colored tiled roof. It is so large and set in such narrow streets that it is hard to get an overall view, so walk around and admire the flying buttresses and lovely carved pinnacles. It is built of stone of course and dates to the 13th and 14th Centuries. Its external carving is magnificent and can be enjoyed over a drink or morning coffee in the Place de la Cathedral. This is the second church in Alsace that I learned is shared by Catholics and Protestants. I wonder if this is common - it would make sense given the French/German character of her history.
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