Colmar endearing county of France lies 560km west from Paris. Nestled among vineyards, its traditional houses, canals, floral displays, amazing cuisine, famous wines and charming accommodation make Colmar an outstanding microcosm of Alsace showcasing its lifestyle, conviviality and hospitality which are the key features of its unique, exceptional welcome.
The capital of the Alsacian wines, colmar offers an exciting glimpse of 1000 years of European history. Besides, with its 67,000 inhabitants, Colmar retains a ‘country town’ atmosphere which contributes so much to its charm. Wonderfully preserved from the ravages of time, its homogenous historical centre is classed as a protected area and has benefited from careful restoration and ongoing improvements for more than 20 years.
Old Town and Place de la Cathedrale
Seemingly right out of a storybook, the charming Old Town of Colmar is a captivating maze of winding cobblestone streets lined with typical Alsatian burghers’ houses. This well-preserved historic area lies near the Place de la Cathedrale.
The Place de la Cathédrale, is in the very heart of Colmar’s old town. On this square is the Collegiale Saint-Martin, originally a Gothic church that was largely rebuilt in the 18th century. Another important historic monument on the Place de la Cathedrale is the Ancien Corps de Garde which has served many purposes, from a marketplace building to a justice hall and military housing. This historic edifice is a jewel of Alsatian Renaissance architecture.
Eglise des Dominicains
This is an excellent example of early Gothic architecture, the Dominican Church which was founded in 1283 and construction began in the 14th century. With its simple and serene architecture, the church offers an insight into the lives of the Dominican preachers.
Quartier de la Krutenau
The Krutenau Quarter is a picture-perfect neighborhood with canal-side restaurants, quaint pedestrian bridges, and colorful half-timbered houses. Lush greenery and willow trees line the river, while flourishing potted flowers decorate the houses adding to the pleasant ambience. This quarter is known as “Little Venice” because the houses are built right on the edge of the Lauch River canal, and small boats take passengers on scenic rides.
Colmar with its varied attractions offers a richly diverse range of cultural, sporting, nature, relaxation, and culinary enjoyments for every season.
Alsatian kind of cuisine is followed in Colmar. Alsatian cuisine incorporates Germanic culinary traditions and is marked by the use of pork in various forms. The region is also known for its wine and beer. Traditional dishes include baeckeoffe, flammekueche, choucroute, and fleischnacka.