With its ‘fairytale’ atmosphere, Colmar is the capital of Alsace, the smallest region in France. Located on the border of Germany and Switzerland, it is a wonderfully preserved village with a charming historical center, immaculate streets, canals and famous half-timbered houses. The Grand-Rue in the heart of Colmar, is full of flowers, shops and restaurants with old forged signs.
One of the most well known districts of the town, probably named after the position of the houses on both sides of the river, is Petite Venise (little Venice). With picturesque small canals, a lovely way to discover this area is participating in a boat tour. Tanneurs (Tanners) another lovely Colmar district, has high wood framing houses and half-timbered houses, mostly from the 17th and 18th centuries. In this quarter was born the sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, the father of New York’s Statue of Liberty.
Colmar, in the Alsace wine area, offers fabulous wines (Riesling, Sylvaner and Grand Cru), delicate specialties and gourmet dishes and is the perfect base for wine explorations.
Photo Credit: ©Office de Tourisme de Colmar