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    Former Guard House

    by antistar Written Oct 21, 2013

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    It's archways create a wonderful introduction to Place de la Cathédrale. The cool shadows open up onto the wide, bright square and St Martin's Church as you pass through from Rue des Marchands. It was once a chapel, a barracks and a market, and today an fine example of Alsatian Renaissance architecture, with its standout feature the loggia on the upper floor.

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    The Pfister House

    by antistar Written Oct 20, 2013

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    For me the Pfister House is the finest in Colmar. It exudes wealth and importance, but it's not tasteless. It's gracefully combines the medieval elements of Colmar's traditional houses with burgeoning Renaissance touches. The rich exterior murals, the broad wooden galleries capped by a triumphant tower. It calls out to you as you walk up Rue des Marchands - crowning the street where its owner made his fortune.

    The Pfister House, Colmar

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    Koifhus

    by antistar Written Oct 20, 2013

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    The Koifhus, or customs house, sits at the junction of the old town's two main thoroughfares of the Grand Rue and the Rue des Marchands. This gave it the perfect location for tracking trade in the city. Today this location makes it central to all activity in the old town, and its quiet courtyard, focused around another of Bartholdi's statues - Schwendi in the fountain.

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    The Roesselmann Fountain

    by antistar Written Oct 17, 2013

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    One of Bartholdi's statues celebrates another of Colmar's heroes: Jean Roesselmann. This first hero of Colmar died in 1262, defending the city from the avaricious Bishop Walter Geroldseck of Strasbourg. The statue is set in the Roesselmann Fountain in the wonderfully named Place des six montagnes noires (Square of the Six Black Mountains).

    Place des six montagnes noires, Colmar

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    Ancien Hôpital

    by antistar Written Oct 10, 2013

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    More like a palace than a hospital, this is a fine example of French architecture with its somber Neoclassical lines. It was once a Franciscan monastery, then a hospital that was burned down by lightning and rebuilt with the stone from the city walls, before being turned into what it is today: a media showcase for Edmond Gerrer and a library.

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    Park Champs De Mars

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 31, 2013

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    This is a beautifully kept park, nice lawns, large shady trees, plenty of seats so one can rest for 5 minutes and admire the surroundings.

    Centrepiece of the park is the beautiful fountain.

    At the other end of the park is the magnificient Carrousel.

    Place Du Champs Du Mars, Colmar Place Du Champs Du Mars, Colmar
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    Prefecture

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 31, 2013

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    We walked past this building soon after leaving the railway station. It has some history going back to when Colmar was controlled by Germany pre World War 1, then reclaimed by France. Germany used the building as an Administration headquarters. The building suffered bomb damage.

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    Carrousel from Year 1900

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 31, 2013

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    As we came to the Old Town end of Place Du Champs De Mars we found this beautiful Carousel. With inscription "Carrousel 1900 Colmar" it is a true antique and in as new condition.Many other Colmar scenes from 1900 are painted on the carrousel.

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    Walking Avenue De La Republique

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 31, 2013

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    Once on Avenue De La Republique we knew it would lead us to the old town. Light rain was still around and some people found it a little cold, but it did not bother us.

    When we reached the crossroad of Republique and Rue Bruat we turned right to walk through the beautiful Park Champs De Mars.

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    Colmar Train Station

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 31, 2013

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    Arrived Colmar by train from Strasbourg for our day visit. A nice one hour journey through the rich farmlands of the Alsace with plenty to see.

    Colmar station was well worth a photo, a nice building.

    An easy walk into the Old Town along Avenue de la Republic, however we walked through tha adjacent park - Champs du Mars. A tourist bus also runs from the rail station.

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    Town Walk - 40 - Theatre

    by robertbaum Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    "In order to replace the former building on the Rue des Augustins, at the site of the current Magistrates' Court, the Municipal Theatre was built between 1847 and 1849 under the supervision of the architect Boltz. It was constructed on land which was once included in the enclose of the Unterlinden Dominican convent. The painted ceiling is the work of the Parisian artist Boulangé and constitutes the most notable feature of the interior décor."

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    Half-Timbered Houses

    by Maryimelda Updated Jul 6, 2010

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    The wonderful half-timbered houses are quite prevalent in the Alsace region of France and are a reminder of the connection of this region to Germany. Over many centuries, the reigns of power in this region have gone back and forth between France and Germany a number of times. Colmar is particularly well known for its many half-timbered houses and quaint buildings. Sadly however, some of them are in dire need of some tender loving care as they have been allowed to deteriorate. Even so, they are still very attractive and very appealing to anyone with a camera handy.

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    Place Rapp

    by Maryimelda Written Oct 12, 2009

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    This is a beautiful park situated between the Gare du Colmar and the Town Centre. It was named for Jean Rapp, who was born in Colmar and became a great General in Napoleon's army. The Place Rapp was built as a military ground in 1793 and developed (partly) into a public park in 1808. The southern part was still used as a military ground and for exhibitions of sport etc. Today it is a jewel in the crown of Colmar with its beautiful gardens, fountains and of course, the wonderful Carousel.

    Park area Rapp Place.... The Carousel..... The fountains...... Statue of Jean Rapp......
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    Cycling the city.

    by Travmad Written Dec 13, 2007

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    If your so inclined and reasonably fit, cycling around the CBD of Colmar is a wonderful experience. Also when you have a short attention as I do it helps to take images in faster then press the pause button when wanting to snap a shot.

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    Customs House

    by rexvaughan Written Jun 4, 2004

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    I just had to get one more photo of this place in. It shows more of the magnificent tiled roof. The beauty of the architecture in this town is breathtaking. I am grateful that the Allies decided not to bomb it during WWII!

    Magnifient Roof

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