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Colmar, a fairytale town in France
Colmar is located in northeastern France, along the mighty Rhine River and on the border with Germany. The town’s Alsatian Renaissance houses, ancient churches and fountains have made it a center of tourism. Every street in this incredibly picturesque, medieval city is a veritable explosion of colors.

This picturesque place also has a charming nickname – ‘Little Venice’. This stretch of pretty wooden buildings along the canal is certainly one of the most picturesque views in Colmar. Don’t forget that this city is also a wine capital so get your hands on some world-class wine and why not pair it with spectacular cuisine.

Panorama of the Saint Martin Gothic church in Colmar

Church of St. Martina occupies a place in the center of Colmar where there has been a church for at least 1000 years. The inhabitants of Colmar refer to St. Martin’s Church as “Colmar Cathedral”. Built from 1237 to the middle of the 14th century, it is an elegant Gothic building made of honey-colored sandstone.
See Customs House
One of the most historic buildings in Colmar is the Customs House. This building dates back to the 15th century and served as a warehouse for imported and exported goods.
From Monday to Saturday: from 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday: from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm

Friday, December 24: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
Saturday, December 25: from 2 to 5 p.m
Sunday, December 26: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m
Friday, December 31: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
Saturday, January 1: closed
Sunday, January 2: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m

Pfister’s house

The Pfister house was built in 1537 for the hatter Ludwig Scherer, who got rich trading money in the Val de Liepvre. It is named after the family that renovated it and lived in it from 1841 to 1892.

House of Heads
It is decorated with 106 grotesque heads on the facade and along the windows and was originally a wealthy private house. The house was built for the merchant Anton Burger and is an example of the German Renaissance style.

Go on a boat trip
The old town of Colmar is walkable and easy to get around. However, you can also take a boat trip along the canals. It’s a different and fun way to explore the city. Departures are at the foot of the Saint Pierre bridge, and the tour lasts 30 minutes.


How to get to Colmar

Colmar can be easily reached by train from Paris (4 hours by train) and only (1 hour by train) from Strasbourg or Zurich in Switzerland (1.5 hours by train). You can also reach Colmar from Stuttgart, Basel and by train.

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