Relais Du Vignoble

33 rue des Forgerons, Gueberschwihr, Alsace, 68420, France
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Hiking (Route des Vins)

by zanyduke

Will be staying in Colmars. Would like to go around the region using Route des Vins. Any places to recommend? Is there any public transport to take?

Re: Hiking (Route des Vins)

by Beausoleil

You can find some information at the above web site. There are buses and trains. Be sure to stop at the Tourist Office in Colmar when you arrive. They have maps of hiking trails and can help you with transportation.

Colmar itself is a lovely town. You may also want to visit Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle nearby. Each of the little wine villages is a gem so visit as many as you can. We particularly enjoyed Ribeauville and Obernai. There is a marvelous hiking trail through Mont Ste. Odile and the views from the abbey at the top are amazing. You can see as far as the Rhine on a clear day.

You can take the train from Colmar to Strasbourg and it is definitely worth a visit.

Type the names of some of the places you want to visit into the VT Search Window above and see what Tips VT members have put on their Travel Pages. There should be a lot of information here to help you.

Good luck. It's a beautiful area of France. Enjoy your trip.

Re: Hiking (Route des Vins)


You've just triggered my memory, Sally. About St. Odile.
Was there too. Pre-digital camera era :-)
I doubt if I have a photo even!
But I looked on the internet and yep, definitely remember it.

Travel Tips for Colmar

Choucroute garnie.

by breughel

Even if you can eat choucroute all over France, entering a restaurant in Colmar after visiting a Christmas market on a cold winter day increases the pleasure.

You will see that Alsatian restaurants serve various choucroutes garnies. The basis is the choucroute and pommes purée but the variations are found in the type and quantity of meat served called garnitures-garnish.
Basic is the "choucroute garnie", then you will find on the menu "choucroutes with 5 garnitures" = 5 types of meat or "choucroutes 6 garnitures" = 6 types of meat to end with the biggest the "choucroute royale". This last one is for big appetites.

There are also choucroutes au poisson - with fish.

To drink: an Alsatian white wine for example a Riesling.

Our wedding day restaurant

by gueto about Au Fer Rouge

Well, we discovered this restaurant a long time before getting married but we loved the food that much that we decided to celebrate our wedding day there.
The restaurant in very stylish and it is in the heart of downtown.
The chef is a very friendly guy. Well, the chef keeps on changing the menu but at that time I loved everything. Whatever you choose is an Alsacian speciality. And the wine....well, even more incredible than the food. They have a nice cellar down there.
I specially loved the "terrine"of Mr Patrick FULGRAFF.


by breughel

At the time of my first visit in Colmar this construction had intrigued me by its name “Koïfhus” of which I did not see the link with "douane" in French or "Zoll" in German.
I thought of “Kauf Haus” but I did not find confirmation of this linguistic origin.

The building which was used for the storage and control of the goods by the customs appeared small to me for such a use. Involuntarily I compare with a warehouse like that of the “Lakenhalle” in Ypres, Belgium, which by its size could contain a half dozen Koïfhus. (That the inhabitants of Colmar forgive my access of chauvinism).

If the building is small it is all the more pretty seen from all sides with its balustrades, staircases and coloured tile roofs. It was used as town hall, Chamber of commerce and nowadays in December it shelters shops of the Christmas Market, what makes it possible to visit the interior.
The small river, nicely lit in the evening, which runs at the back of Koïfhus, is an arm of the Lauch river which crosses Colmar (by the "Petite Venise"). It is said that in old times goods would arrive at the Koïfhus by small barges.


Lors de ma première visite à Colmar cette construction m'avait intriguée par son nom "Koïfhus" dont je ne voyais pas le lien avec Douane qui se dit "Zoll" en Allemand. J'ai pensé à "Kauf Haus" mais je n'ai pas trouvé confirmation de cette origine linguistique.
Merci à ceux qui voudront bien m'éclairer.

L'édifice qui servait au stockage et au contrôle des marchandises par la douane m'a paru petit pour un tel usage. Involontairement je compare avec un entrepôt comme celui de la "Lakenhalle" à Ypres, Belgique qui pourrait contenir une demi douzaine de Koïfhus. (Que les habitants de Colmar pardonnent mon accès de chauvinisme).
Si l'édifice est petit il en est d'autant plus joli sous toutes ces façades avec ses balustrades, escaliers, toits en tuiles de couleur. Il a été utilisé comme mairie, Chambre de Commerce et actuellement en décembre il abrite des échoppes pour le Marché de Noël ce qui permet de visiter l'intérieur.
La petite rivière, canalisée et joliment éclairée le soir, qui coule à l'arrière du Koïfhus est un bras de la rivière Lauch qui traverse Colmar (par la Petite Venise). Elle permettait dans les temps anciens l'arrivée de marchandises par barques.

Progress To the Back Sets of Panels

by hquittner

The most terrifying scene is in the left one of the lateral now paired panels of the rear section of the altar. It is the Temptation of St. Anthony. It relates the internal feelings that were held in those times by about disease. The Antonites were believed to be able to cure ergotism (and possibly also erysipelas or streptococcal infection) which were almost always fatal in those days. Note the sick patient in the bottom left corner with a swollen figure and feet being replaced by a demon. The right picture is a visit by St. Anthony to the hermit St. Paul. The central tryptich is by Nicolas de Haguenau with St. Augustin on the right and St. Jerome on the left. In the lower right panel kneels a church leader one Guy Guers, while at the base of the central panel are two offerants.

The Collegiate Church of Colmar Is St. Martin's

by hquittner

The present church of St. Martin's was built between 1240 and 1366 using some foundations of a previous 11C church. The last part, the choir, was rebuilt from 1350-66 and a southwest tower and campanile are of the same period. The top of the tower had to be rebuilt after a fire in 1572. There is an early example of a two level sculpted tympanum on the west but the largest entrance is in the south transept which also has a two level tympanum. Many gargoyles adorn the nave.


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