COLMAR, FRANCE: THE LITTLE VENICE

 

 

Colmar is the capital of “Alsatian Wine Route” and third largest commune of the Alsace region in France and an exciting destination of tourists for countless reasons. It greets you with pleasant lifestyle and hospitality portrayed through attractive flowery displays, traditional houses, tasty cuisines, lovely canals, famous wines and delightful accommodations. This beautiful  town filled with half-timbered homes and the roads paved with cobblestone has a country town feel to it and appears to have been plucked from the pages of a traditional medieval saga (which actually might fool you into believing it’s 1454). The careful restoration and continuous improvements (for more than 20 years now) have perfectly preserved its historical center which contributes to most of the town’s charm.

The visitors are presented with thousand years of rich European history as Colmar, fortunately, survived the French Revolution and World Wars without suffering major damage to its cultural and historical heritage and the old-town Colmar is very popular among tourists.

Other places with historical influences include:

Museums:

  • Musée d’Unterlinden
  • Musée Bartholdi
  • Musée du Jouet de Colmar.

Church:

  • Collégiale Saint-Martin de Colmar

Architectural marvels

  • Maison Pfister.
  • Koïfhus.

Palaces:

  • La Maison des Têtes.
  • Maison Adolph.
  • Presbytère Protestant de Colmar.

Fountain

  • Schwendi Fountain.

To the south of the town center, is the beautiful section where wine-makers, tanner and fishmongers used to build their households alongside the water. The two bridges covering the river give an enchanting view of the half-timbered houses in a row on one side and the Colmar’s old covered market on the other. The boat rides available from the quay offer a completely unique point-of-view and wonderful sightseeing experience from the river giving Colmar another name “The Little Venice”.

You can feast your eyes with the always visible horizon to the west and fill your outdoor adventure appetite by visiting the Vo

sges mountain range. Gorgeous vineyards cover the lower area whilst hilly pastures can be reached as you move past the woodland towards the upper area. The terrain is easy to navigate either by walk/hike or by a drive (using the country lanes) to reach the mystical Lake, Lac Noir above which the grand peak Gazon du Faing stands tall.

The villages and castles are surrounded by attractive landscapes of green vineyards (that grow the area’s famous white grapes), make up the Alsace’s wine country. You can dig deep into Alsace’s wine culture by meeting wine-growers, visiting caves and tasting some of the best Riesling on the 170 KM long Wine Route. On this epic adventure, you will surely come around villages still filled with half-timbered houses surrounded by a medieval wall (which was built for protection ages ago).

French and German flavors blend together in Alsatian cuisine giving birth to new delish tastes. “Bretzel” for example, is a pretzel with a melted cheese topping. Try Choucroute (cuts of pork served with inflamed cabbage and three different kinds of sausages) with Riesling for the main course, flambee (rolled dough with fromage frais, bacon and onions) for a snack or Kugelhopf (cake baked with almonds, cherry brandy and raisins) for a dessert to enjoy the fine Colmar eating experience.

Getting around Colmar is fairly convenient as it offers a multitude of travel options such as taxis, bus service, camping-vans and also car and bike rental service. The Regional Express Train has also got you covered for traveling around Colmar’s surrounding area within the Alsace region.

Make sure to put Colmar in your “places to visit” list and enjoy the range of cultural, sporting, dining, nature and relaxation opportunities it offers when you are there.

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