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Alsace Villages and Wine Day Trip from Strasbourg
Explore the pretty villages of Alsace as well as learning about the wine from the region.The tour consists of a guided walking tour of Colmar a visit and tour of Equisheim and Riquewihr. There will also be a visit of the Castle of Haut Koenigsbour"""Get to know the most beautiful villages of Alsace and get introduced to the wines of the region too. You will visit Riquewihr Colmar and Equisheim. The tour will start at the Castle of Haut Koenigsbourg.This tour is designed for all people that want to do more than just wine tasting. Also if your time is limited and/or if you travel with children this tour is a great optitle=Highlights&1=Guided+small-group+tour+from+Strassbourg+to+taste+wine+in+Alsatian+villages&2=See+a+different+side+of+Alsace&3=Stroll+around+the+villages+of+Riquewihr%2C+Colmar+and+Equisheim.&4=Sample+some+wine+at+the+Castle+of+Haut+Koenigsbourg.&5=Get"""Strasbourg
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Alsace Villages and Wine Day Trip from Colmar
"Explore the pretty villages of Alsace as well as learning about the wine from the region. The tour consists of a guided walking tour of Colmar a visit and tour of Equisheim and Riquewihr.If you are staying in Colmar your guide could exchange the walking tour there to a walking tour of Kaysersberg. There will also be a visit of the Castle of Haut Koenigsbourg as well as wine-tasting. For lunch your guide will take you to a nice local restaurant (own expense)."""Get to know the most beautiful villages of Alsace and get introduced to the wines of the region too. You will visit Riquewihr Colmar and Equisheim. The tour will start at the Castle of Haut Koenigsbourg.This tour is designed for all people that want to do more than just wine tasting. Also if your time is limited and/or if you travel with children this tour is a great optitle=Highlights&1=Alsace+region+day+tour+from+Colmar&2=See+the+Castle+of+Haut+Koenigsbourg%2C+and+visit+the+villages+of+Riquewihr+and+Equisheim&3=Enjoy+a+tasting+of+Alsace+wine&4=Hotel+pickup+included""
From EUR155.00
 
Laguna Water Park Entrance Ticket with Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off Included
"Begin an exciting day at the Laguna Water Park in Germany with the convenience of hotel pickup service. Choose from multiple pickup times to suit your schedule and inform you driver of your preferred return time.Select from one of the five pools at Laguna Water Park and let the fun begin. Surf waves app 86°F (30°C). Jump into the Adventure Pool offering 1884ft² (175m²) of space for swimming and fun. Splash it up in the Children's Paddling Pool 90°F (32°C) with waterfall water-spraying animals and mini-slides. Check out the 82ft (25m) Sports Pool at 82°F (28°C) and the Outdoor Pool at 90°F (32°C). Treat yourself to the Champagne Bubble Beds. Relax as the massage jets and waterfall gently massage you. Experience t at the appointed time to take you and your party back to your hotel."
From CHF75.00

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Natural History Museum

In a beautiful 16th-century mansion, formerly a Turenne school, you can find the Natural History and Ethnography Museum in Colmar. The museum explains the geophysical evolution of the region from the Ice Age and tells you about various endangered local species.

We did not have time to visit the museum.

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Sep 05, 2013

Unterlinden Museum

It was late in the afternoon when we arrived at the Unterlinden Museum and we were a little weary. The building caught my eye and I decided to take a few photos and as we came to the entrance gate I noticed the beautiful well.

Instinct told me this was a special place and we paid our entrance fee, entered the first display room which immediately confirmed that we had made the right decision.

The museum is celebrating 160 years and has a broad cross section of exhibits. We stayed an hour or more and enjoyed our visit but had to leave early as we had to catch the train back to Strasbourg.

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Sep 03, 2013

Musee Bartholdi

Frederrie Auguste Bartholdi was born in Colmar on 2nd August, 1834. After his father died in 1836 his mother moved the family to Paris, keeping the family home in Colmar which is now the home of the Bartholdi Museum.

His best known work is the Statute of Liberty located in New York City.

Since 1922 the former family home has housed the largest collection of his works, models and souvenirs.

On display in the inner courtyard is the "Grands soutiens du monde" (bronze 1902).

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Aug 03, 2013

Musee d'Unterlinden

Here's my journal entry for the museum:

"Followed signs through ancient sculpture, a very dark Alsatian wine cellar (no doubt authentic), XV and XVI century painting . . . and really appreciated the English audio guide. Walked through XVI century sculpture, a not-completely-assembled Martin Schongauer exhibit to Colmar’s pièce de résistance . . . the Issenheim Altarpiece. Again, the audio guide was invaluable!"

I highly recommend using the audio guide. It makes the experience more meaningful. The Issenheim Altarpiece is stunning and very well displayed. There is also enough room to enjoy it and plenty of explanations available.

General admission is 8 euros (in 2011) Check the web site below for changes. They are currently restoring the issenheim Altarpiece but it continues on display so you should be able to see it.

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Jun 09, 2011
 
 
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Unterlinden Museum

This building once served as a Dominican convent, under some linden trees (hence the name "underlinden"). This museum houses some impressive exhibits, including one of France's best collections of medieval art. Probably the most famous is the priceless Isenheim Altarpiece, inside the chapel. It also houses some artifacts from Colmar's long history. This should be on anyone's itinernary. In addition, there is a new gallery of modern art.

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Apr 04, 2011

More 15 and 16C Paintings and Wood Sculptures

A number of paintings and sculptures of the 15 and 16C are also on view in the nave and the adjacent galleries. The best paintings are by Cranach (The Melancholy) and a Female Portrait (by Hans Holbein the Elder) and what may possibly be the first still life, from 1470 (anonymous). 16C wood sculptures expand the period with works of Master H.L., Veit Wagner and others.

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hquittner
Aug 06, 2010

Schongauer Was A Great Colmar Painter in the 15C

The first very important artist in Colmar was also the first great engraver in Norther Europe. He is remembered here for several paintings and for many fine engravings. His most famous work is the Virgin in the Rose Bower at the Collegiate Church but there are two diptyches in the Unterlinden and some 16 panels of A Passion for which he did much of the work. Fine work by primitives lead the way to his work, these can be seen in an adjacent room of the museum by Gaspard Isenmann and Hermann Schadeberg as well as other early examples from the North.

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Aug 05, 2010

Progress To the Back Sets of Panels

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.

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Jul 22, 2010
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Walk To Two Paired Scenes On Jesus' Life

When the outer surface of the retable was originally opened, a set of four panels came into view. Today the lateral pair are shown together and nearby the middle two are presented. The viewer must supply the sequence as he wishes. In correct sequence the first on the left is an Annunciation, next an Angel's Concert, then a Mary and Child Newborn Alone and lastly an unusually Rising from the Tomb. Each panel is both restrained and intense and subtly has associated stories in the scenes. Enjoy this.

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Jul 21, 2010

The Issenheim Altar Shows a Terrifying Crucifixion

The outer side of the closed multiple paneled altar piece has a large central painting of the Crucifixion. On the right side of the painting is St. Joseph supporting a distraught Mary and next to the Cross a kneeling Magdalene. On the left of Jesus is John the Baptist (two years dead) with a lamb. In a lateral painting to the right is St. Sebastian.

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Jul 20, 2010

The Greatest Painting in Northeast France

The Issenheim Altar was made between 1512-16 by Mathis Gothart (known as Grunewald) and was the Altar piece of the of a convent following the rule of Saint Augustine (the Antonites) in that town. In 1793 the set of works was moved to the place Unterlinden and installed in the ex-Dominican chapel which in 1849 became a museum containing the Grunewald masterpiece and works by Schongauer and others. The altar is nicely detached so that one can move among the several wings and approximate the progression of a suppliant. Starting from the outside of the retable which has three panels with a two panel predella Entombment past the second level made up of a set of four panels (originally in one group of 4) now shown as two pairs of important large pictures and on to the third level at the rear with lateral paintings and a central tryptich of sculptured wooden figures while below there is a carved predella of Jesus and the Apostles.

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Jul 20, 2010

The Convent of the Dominican Nuns of Unterlinden

The Museum was started in 1849 by Louis Hugot who managed to keep the building from demolition and who subsequently was able to instal there works by Schongauer and works from many religious communities around Colmar. as well a Roman mosaic from Bergheim.Although theveryone comes primarily to see the Isenheim Alterpiece there are a variety of other items in the collection ranging from primitive painted panels to 20C works by such as Picasso and one should also enjoy the cloister which is where you enter the museum.

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Jul 15, 2010

Things to Do Near Colmar

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Old Town

Fishmonger’s Quarter is situated in historical center of Colmar along Quai de la Poissonnerie and Rue de la Poissonnerie. Here you are going to find many half-timbered houses built mostly in XVII...
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Petite Venise

Krutenau Quarter or La Petite Venise (Little Venice) is situated in historical center of Colmar on the banks of the River La Lauch. Of course this quarter cannot compete with real Venice it is very...
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Churches

Present Collegiate Church of Saint Martin was built between 1234 and 1365. It was built over previous Romanesque church of XII century and that Romanesque church was built over much earlier...
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House of Heads

La Maison des Têtes or House of the Heads was built in 1609 for the merchant Anton Burger. The Heads House is attributed to the architect Albert Schmidt who also was the author of the old Protestant...
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Fountains/ Statues

Lazarus von Schwendi the Baron von Hohenlandsberg was born in 1522 in Mittelbiberach. He was illegitimate child but in 1524 he was legitimized by the Emperor Charles V of Holy Roman Empire. He studied...
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