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  • Old Town

    Colmar Favorites

    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...

  • Museums

    Colmar Favorites

    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...

  • Petite Venise

    Colmar Favorites

    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.

  • walk Strasbourg

    a wonderful town to walk history and great architecture in every block in the center and over tothe petite France.I dug up these photos of my passing by here and figure to share with VT. the ecluse or levy at the petite France, narrow and quaint , curiosity for all visitorsPlace Saint Etienne, is at the Grande Île, and was built in the 11C Under...

  • drive and do laundry in the...

    no restriction on driving; just go to AAA and get a IDP that translates your DL into several languages in case police stop you ,give the IDP not your original car broker dealing with all majors but better priceswww.autoeurope.comwww.kemwel.comlaundromat in Strasbourg here is one not too far, go out of train station gare and turn...

  • Symbol of Alsace

    Storks have been a part of the Alsatian scenery for many centuries. Every year in spring they come from Africa to this region. Years ago, however, it seemed they were becoming an endangered species. But with the help of locals they establish their nests in the Alsatian trees and chimney stacks and came back more numerous.The stork is a symbol of...

  • Route des Cretes

    Alsace is a small region with a huge natural diversity. It has two Regional Nature Parks: the Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park and the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park. A good way of discovery Alsace nature is by taking the Route des Cretes (crest road), once built for strategic purposes during World War I to allow communication between...

  • Route des Vins

    Alsace is one of the best known producers of white wine in France as it has an ideal climate with a lot of sun and few rain. The white wines of this area are riesling, pinot blanc, pinot gris, gewurztraminer, muscat, sylvaner and Tokay. The rolling vineyards are located on a narrow stretch of land between the Rhine valley and the Vosges...

  • Geography of Alsace

    Alsace is a long and narrow stripe of land between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River. With an area of 8,283 km², it is the smallest région in metropolitan France, being just slightly smaller than Puerto Rico or Corsica. Before the French revolution, Alsace was one of the historical provinces of France. In 1970, it was divided in two...

  • Languages of Alsace

    France has an extremely rich linguistic patrimony, although only French enjoys official recognition. The rest of the languages have traditionally been derogatorily referred to as patois and relegated to the less instructed people. Today, these languages, officially known as langues régionales are gaining some social recognition and prestige, but...

  • History of Alsace

    Alsace, together with neighboring Lorraine, have been and endless source of dispute and conflict between Germany and France, having changed hands between both countries several times in the course of history. The origin of the dispute was the repartition of the legacy of Charles the Great, in which the titularity of both territories remained...

  • Lovely landscape, beautiful villages

    This part of France is so cozy, it has wonderful landscape, many vinyards and romantic villages. It really is an area, where you can relax and enjoy yourself!

  • When to travel

    While Alsace is great during the Winter as there are few tourists, it is also more difficult to find things open during this time. Many hotels and shops were closed when normally they would be open. Wineries also were closed or had limited business hours. I would definitely book a hotel ahead of time and ensure that the places you want to visit are...

  • Impressive Saint-Odile and Vosges...

    Montpellier and the tour on and back from Mont Saint-Odile was the most impressive day in Alsace.And here is the legend of Holy Odile:Legend has it that Odile, daughter of the Duke of Etichon, was blind at birth. Her father orders to have her killed but a nanny saves her and secretly brings her up. During her baptism Odile's vision returns. One...

  • Strasbourg

    Strasbourg is a good place for a stroll. I didn't visit any of its museums or parks. I went to the cathedral and walked around Old Strasbourg...aka Petite France. In Petite France, you'll find narrow streets, canals, museums, antique stores, restaurants, cafes, bars, houses that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries and more. Bridges, the Vauban...

  • Walkin' the Wine Route

    In Alsace, I visited Strasbourg and the wine route near Colmar. Strasbourg was a nice place, but the wine route was the stand-out...I gotta quit rhymin'. The route stretches for miles through countryside and vineyards...along the way, you'll find Alsatian towns, castles, and, most caves.

  • We are in Colmar, where a...

    We are in Colmar, where a hatmaker had this beautiful house built in 1537. The Maison Pfister is without doubt the nicest building in the old center.

  • Ribeauville hugs the hills of...

    Ribeauville hugs the hills of the Vogesen mountains, covered with vineyards, which produce excellent wine.

  • visit Eguisheim! This quaint,...

    visit Eguisheim! This quaint, small town, south of Colmar is one of the oldest in the region. It is built around a watercastle, which during the french revolution was reduced to its wall only and rebuilt later.The town, hidden behind vineyards, has changed little since the 16th century. Beautiful patios and picturesque houses with balconies full of...

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