This is a magnificent 15th Century structure with a finely designed tile roof and a host of cupolas, gables and dormers. It was originally used by delegates of the 10 leading cities of Alsace (Decapolis) to discuss issues of commerce (and probably politics and women). Walk all around to appreciate the beauty, variety and richness of the architecture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
One of the most remarkable buildings in Colmar is the Pfister house. Today, a wine trader.
This magnificent house was built and decorated with frescoes and with medallions, in 1537 .This house was painted and renewed in 1577 and today it is owned by Mr PFISTER.
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!
This is the best time to go visit Colmar. The town shows its best face for a fairy-tale like moment. The streets are full of people who gather around little shops where you can buy presents. The shops are placed in "marches de noel "or Christmas street markets". It start in November 25 to December 31.This festive period blends harmoniously with the wonderful lighting designed to enhance the town’s heritage,
As you walk you can smell the tasty "vin chaud"or hot wine. It is worth giving a try at it, specially because it gets really cold during that time. You can try as well the famous cake called "pain d'epices". It's a cake with different spices such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and anis. Simply delicious!!!
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.
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.
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).
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