Colmar Travel Guide

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Colmar Things to Do

  • Old Town

    Every evening, going to our usual restaurant at Koïfhus, we passed on this corner of the Rue des Marchands. Each time I tried a photo in the dark without tripod; most are blurred, a few are acceptable. As apparently all photos here are on day time I will add a few at night with the Christmas illuminations. The "Maison Pfister" is probably the...

  • Petite Venise

    This is certainly the most popular photograph of Colmar. A must for every visitor. It is taken from the bridge of the Turenne street on the Lauch River. The half-timbered houses which form the Romantik hotel - restaurant Le Maréchal constitute the most spectacular element of this part of Colmar called the "Petite Venise". Actually this district,...

  • Museums

    Colmar's most famous son. While Eiffel may be the most famous of those who worked on the Statue of Liberty in New York, it was Bartholdi who conceived of the idea, designed the statue and made the whole thing happen. Today his memory is treasured in his home town, first by his museum on Rue des Marchands, but also in a replica 12 meter high Statue...

  • Churches

    St. Martin's Collegiate church as we see now was built in the 13th century and is in Alsace a major example of Gothic architecture. The foundations go back to the year 1000. The bulb-shaped dome that gives the building its characteristic appearance is from 1575 after a fire burnt down the former bell tower. The massive pillars of the façade give...

  • Fountains/ Statues

    A nice fountain located near the Ancient Douane. Designed by Auguste Bartholdi in 1898 and demolished during World War 2 it was rebuilt after the war. Lazare de Schwendi was War Chief between 1564 and 1568 under the Emperor Maximilian II.

  • House of Heads

    Each time I passed in front of the Maison des Têtes (House of the Heads); I wondered what had inspired the merchant Anton Burger in 1609 to build this manor in German Renaissance with its 111 grotesque heads or masks on the frontage!? The façade is beautiful with its oriel which rises on three stages. The gable is surmounted by a statue,...


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Colmar Restaurants

  • Relaxed Local

    What attracted me to Le Petit Schlossberg was the kindness of the service. Walking past I saw the waiter serving three pensioners who were clearly doing nothing but taking their time over a small beer, and he was polite and friendly all the same. It proved a good choice, for while the food was simple, it was tasty, well priced, and served with a...

  • Lunch by the River

    Beer and pizza Alsatian style with a wonderful riverside location in Little Venice. The food's not that great, the service can get very slow as the place fills, but it won't disappoint for a quick lunch or coffee.

  • excellent

    Alsatian traditional restaurant, meals on the terrace, one evening in August, very plesant. The service was impeccable and the waitress very friendly. I recommend. a square of piglet with potatoes and many "Girolles"(Mushrooms).the piglet melts in the mouth, all served with a white wine from the region.


Colmar Nightlife

  • The magic of lights.

    The illuminations, all year round, make Colmar very attractive in the evening.Nine hundred computer-driven light sources are skillfully distributed throughout the town and thus allow an original light show which varies in intensity and color.This magic of lights redraws the town, applying fresh contours and new reliefs, enhancing thousand...

  • Illuminations.

    The Christmas market in December at the Place de l'Ancienne Douane behind the Koïfhus is my preferred from the five Christmas markets organized in the town of Colmar.The square hosts about 50 stalls placed around the Scwendi Fountain and along the small river, an arm of the Lauch river.You find here a fairy tale decor combining the permanent...

  • Co-operative drinking

    This is the Colmar vinters co-operative. You can buy cheap wines or more expensive wines at a far cheaper price than you will pay in the bars. Off course you are drinking out of plastic cups at wooden benches, but you get what you pay for.Once a week there is a gathering just outside as the Comarians put on a show of traditional dancing. A sure...


Colmar Transportation

  • By Train

    Colmar is easily visited on a day trip from either Strasbourg or Basel by train, being only about 30-40 minutes from both cities. The station is a short walk from the town. Travelling on a weekend or public holiday is a great option if you are in a group, as you can pick up a ticket for 2-5 people all for the same price. Check at the ticket office...

  • How to get in and out ,Colmar

    One of the nicest towns in the Alsace and nice to drive to. My favorite way of visiting. Plenty of parking above and below ground right in city center, and then walk to all very near on foot.The parkings cover over 7000 spots all over the city, so many, that over the years I have stuck to the same such as Parking Rapp right by ave de la République...

  • Air

    Nearby Strasbourg has a small international airport serviced by a number of major carriers, including Iberia, Czech Airlines and Royal Air Maroc. There's also a couple of budget airlines, like Ryanair. The Alsace region also has a much bigger airport on the Swiss border called Euroairport. It handles five times the passengers, and is serviced by...


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  • Supposedly the Best Cheese Shop in Town

    Have a look at this magnificient cheese shop, run by the family Quesnot. They know for sure what they sell, having their own cellars for maturation of cheese at 32 rue de la Fabrique, 68530 Buhl. You may find them on one of the weekly Alsatian markets in other towns like Mulhouse or Guebwiller as well.

  • Gourmets' shopping temple

    Here you will find almost everything special about food, many of which is also ideal for small presents from your trip to Colmar. It is easy to imagine the chefs of the neighbouring restaurants coming in and have a look for something exotic to surprise their guests.

  • Christmas markets

    Christmas shopping. Markets are open till the 2d of January, so New Year shopping is available:) Beyond the ordinary Christmas staff there are a lot of local handmade sweets (and you can try them free of charge;-), wines, ham and bread.


Colmar Local Customs

  • "Beerawecka" bread or fruit cake.

    Beerawecka (also berawecka) is fruit cake Alsatian speciality that makes me drive 550 Km to get some in Colmar! Traditionally prepared starting from the autumnal period, this cake, is composed of dates, figs, prunes, dried pears, apricots, dry grapes, nut and almonds, and was always regarded as a very invaluable delicacy. The mixture of these...

  • Glühwein, Vin Chaud, Mulled wine.

    Christmas markets in Colmar attract most visitors when it gets dark because all the lights of the decoration and the shops add to the Christmas atmosphere. The cold of the winter night is also there so that a glass of Vin Chaud, Mulled wine is welcome. Glühwein (or Gluehwein) in Alsace is usually prepared from red wine, heated with sugar and spiced...

  • Bredele/Christmas cookies & Spice bread.

    The origin of "Winachtsbredele" (Christmas cookies) goes back as far as the 15-16th c.There are multitudes of Alsatian Christmas cookies. Bretele vary by their flavours as for their decorative various cut-out shapes such as hearts, Christmas trees, clovers, diamonds, moons or stars. Some say that they were intended to decorate the Christmas trees.I...


Colmar Warnings and Dangers

  • Safe

    It's a small town, and a safe one. The local beggars did seem more savvy to the tourist crowds than elsewhere in the region, though, so you might get some harassment. We were asked for money for being shown the way when we didn't need any help, but it was all very polite and friendly.

  • Never be without a 50 cent coin!

    Just a quick word of warning which doesn't only apply to Colmar. The WC in the Gare du Colmar has an automated door and requires .50cents to operate. The Station is not always manned if you need to get change. It will only take a 50 cent piece nothing else.I learnt in Colmar that I should never be without a couple of 50cent pieces and I was glad...

  • Dining on New Year holidays

    Many restaurants in Colmar were closed for Christmas holidays. Usually it's not a problem but to dine on 1st of January - really The Mission. Almost all restaurants are closed this day, and looking at the crowds of tourists near closed cafe-bar doors, we occupied chairs in the bar at 4 pm and waited for food long time enough. But what can we did???...


Colmar Tourist Traps

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    The whole town really

    by Sjalen Written Sep 18, 2002

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    All of Colmar can be a tourist trap if you come during summer when coach loads from all over Europe descend on town. Many gather outside this wonderful house.

    Fun Alternatives: Who said it's not fun? Just avoid the tourist season and it's great for the photographer in you!

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Colmar What to Pack

  • Michelin's Green Guide

    Michelin's Green Guide to Alsace, Lorraine & Champagne is highly recommended. The most comprehensive guide on the area. Was surprised to see so many visitors with this guide in many different languages.

  • drawing utensils

    Bring your drawing/sketching utensils - there are so many beautiful things to put down on paper!!!We sat down on a bench in the middle of Colmar, Heinz took a nap and I had half an hour time to do some sketching. Or just sitting on one of the canals of little Venice and get out your paper and pencil is just as wonderful and relaxing....

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Colmar Off The Beaten Path

  • Shop Signs

    Have you ever bothered to look at Shop signs? Here in Colmar they form part of the historical street scenes. Not only the buildings itself are old and worthwhile to see, but also all the small details.Have you ever heard of Hansi?When you are in Colmar or any other touristic place in Alsace, you can buy his hand drawn street scenes as postcards...

  • Strasbourg

    When the French re-occupied Alsace after World War 2 in 1918, barely 2% of the population spoke French. They spoke Alsatian, a German dialect, which many still speak today. It's a German city, in France. You can see it in the architecture, the faces of the people, the surnames, the pork heavy dishes and now, after suppressing the language for many...

  • Basel

    Basel is an ancient city - older probably than the castle the Romans built upon the rise on which the city's cathedral now stands. It's an international city - standing at the tri-nation border of Switzerland, France and Germany, it has a long tradition of multinational operations and agreements. It's station was the first international station in...


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  • Old Town

    The traditional Christmas Markets of Colmar, on different squares, are for me a standard of what a Christmas market should be: A glitter of decorations and magic lightings, Products responding to art and tradition qualitative criteria. In Colmar regional craftsmanship, local products and the traditional cakes, pastries and confectionary of...

  • Petite Venise

    There is a district which is called Little Venice by many coz the whole center of the town is cut by numerous small shallow channels.... One can hire a small boat with engine looking like an air ventialtor :)))) and have a ride along the channels.

  • Museums

    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...


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