Colmar Travel Guide

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Colmar Things to Do

  • 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 century. They are very colorful and contrasting with green water in the river. So, on sunny day here you are going to see that the sky is blue and water...

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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 Carolingian Church. Sometime locals call this church basilica or even cathedral but it is not because here is neither bishop nor archbishop. But collegial...

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  • Museums

    Museum is situated in medieval Dominican Convent and has huge collections of artifacts starting from prehistoric times till XIX century. For people like me especially interesting is collection of arms and armor and medieval art, painting and sculpture. Among famous artifacts you are going to find here the works of Lucas Cranach the Elder, Matthias...

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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 beautiful with all its painted brightly half-timbered houses. Here you can take a small boat and have excellent river trip with wonderful scenic views....

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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 in Basel but moved to Strasbourg in 1535. In 1546 he entered the service of Charles V. He acted on behalf of Charles V at the Protestant towns of...

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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 presbytery and the house of Knights of St. John in Colmar. The Heads House is a beautiful building of the German Renaissance, owes its name to one...

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Colmar Hotels

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Colmar Restaurants

  • Local food

    Chez Hansi is a typical Alsace restaurant with local food possibilities.This half-timbered house is like Alsace in miniature. Served by staff in traditional regional dress, the dishes are simple yet tasty: choucroute, chicken in Riesling, späetzle.. sea food

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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Colmar Transportation

  • By Train

    Gare de Colmar or Colmar Railway Station is situated not far from historical center. It takes only fifteen minutes to get historical center by walking on your own feet. Building of Railway Station was built in 1905-1906. Although building is no big it has all necessary facilities. Passengers access trains and platforms via underground pedestrian...

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  • To Colmar by train

    Gare de Colmar or Colmar Railway Station is situated not far from historical center. It takes only fifteen minutes to get historical center by walking on your own feet. Building of Railway Station was built in 1905-1906. Although building is no big it has all necessary facilities. Passengers access trains and platforms via underground pedestrian...

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  • green train of the old town

    Touristical Train : From Easter untill November 1st, guided visit of the old Colmar.Petit Train Touristique de Colmar – Green TrainAll over the year, 7 days a week, Anne Ludmann and her Team welcome you, since over 20 years, to discover or rediscover Colmar and its jewels in their three little trains with 60 seats each.Little Train Colmar |...

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Colmar Shopping

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  • Marche Couvert

    Marche Couvert or Covered Market is situated at historical center of Colmar, in so-called fishmongers’ quarter. This market was designed and built by the Architect Louis Michel Boltz in 1865. It stands surrounded from free sides by the rivers. After the restoration of 2010 this market resumed its normal work and you can by fresh food from local...

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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.

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  • 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.

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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???...

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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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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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Colmar General

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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...

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  • 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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  • 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.

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Fishmonger’s Quarter
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Rivers and canals
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L’Ancienne Douane
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L’Ancienne Douane. View from Grand Rue
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Place de L’Ancienne Douane
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Grand Rue
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Ancien Corps de Garde
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Collégiale Saint-Martin.
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Collégiale Saint-Martin. Main portal
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Collégiale Saint-Martin. Southern Portal
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Collégiale Saint-Martin. Northern gates
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Collégiale Saint-Martin. Interior
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Collégiale Saint-Martin. Gothic Altarpieces
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Collégiale Saint-Martin. Stained Glass Windows
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Collégiale Saint-Martin. Stained Glass Windows
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Collégiale Saint-Martin. Stained Glass Windows
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Walking from Dominican to Saint Martin Church
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Quai de la Sinn
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Place des Dominicains
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Monument to Martyrs of Resistance.
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Unterlinden Museum.
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Unterlinden Museum. Upper Rhine Art
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Unterlinden Museum. Le retable des Dominicains. I
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L’ Eglise des Dominicains. Stained glass windows.
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Eglise Saint Matthieu
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La Maison des Têtes
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Monument to Lazarus von Schwendi
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Carrousel 1900 Colmar
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