Colmar, France: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Martí Micolau
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It reminds a little of Germany and in other respects a little bit of France. And indeed Colmar, even geographically, it is located right on the border between these two great nations. Among the most enchanting cities in Europe, Colmar is a small town-jewel of Alsace, nestled at the foot of the Vosges mountain range, nicknamed Petite Venice for the presence of bridges and canals that make it truly magical and romantic. The beauty and atmosphere of the city enchant in every season, but it is in autumn that it takes on an even more fascinating allure. Being located on the Route du Vin, the famous Alsace Wine Route, crossing the roads that wind through the vineyards characterized by the warm colors of the foliage is a truly breathtaking sight.

Here is a series of tips to better organize a stay in Colmar!



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see in and around Colmar
  5. What to do in Colmar: excursions and tours
  6. How much does it cost to visit Colmar? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 70.284
  • Language: French, Alsatian
  • Local currency: euro (€)
  • Weather: semi-continental, with cold and gray winters, accompanied by frequent snowfalls although generally not abundant, and moderately hot and stormy summers - find out more
  • Closest airports: Colmar-Houssen, Strasbourg (54 km), Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (57 km), Zurich (113 km), Stuttgart (152 km), Baden-Baden (132 km) and Luxembourg (192 km)

Where it is

Colmar it is located in northeastern France, in Alsace, in the Upper Rhine department, a short distance from the border with Germany. At the foot of the Vosges massif, it is the third largest city in Alsace and the second in the Upper Rhine department, after Mulhouse.



How to reach us

  • From the main European capitals: the main connections with Colmar are operated by KLM from Amsterdam, Lufhtansa from Frankfurt, Czech Airlines from Prague

When to go? Info on climate and best time

  • Weather: semi-continental, with cold, gray winters and moderately hot and stormy summers. The rains are frequent as well as the winter snowfalls, generally not abundant. Average temperature 1,7 ° in January, 20,2 ° in July
  • Best time: from mid-May to mid-September because it is the hottest and sunniest of the year
  • Period to avoid: from November to February it is quite cold and the risk of snow is high, however during the Christmas holidays the city takes on a particular charm
  • Advice: even in the height of summer, at night it can be cool or even a little cold. It is therefore advisable to bring a sweatshirt or sweater and a light jacket for the evening even in July and August

10 things to see in and around Colmar

  1. La Petite Venice: the most characteristic district as well as the most photographed corner. A glimpse to admire from one of the numerous bridges overlooking the canals
  2. Collegiate Church of San Martino: the most important religious building in the city, one of the most important examples of Gothic architecture in Alsace
  3. Covered market: characteristic market frequented daily by the locals inserted in a historic and characteristic structure that dates back to 1865. A series of kiosks selling food products and local cuisine
  4. Bartholdi Museum, home-museum of the sculptor who designed the Statue of Liberty in New York. The original scale models of his most famous works are visible
  5. Colmar old customs house: Koïfhus in Alsatian dialect, is the oldest in the city. It is a very characteristic construction built in 1480 where goods were stored and taxed before being imported or exported
  6. Unterlinden Museum: one of the most important in France, located inside a former convent of Dominican nuns. In addition to the splendid cloister, you can admire works of art from every era, by both local and international artists
  7. Heads House e Maison Pfister, among the oldest in the city. The first takes its name from the incredible amount of stone heads that emerge from its facade, the second is famous for the typical "erker", the two-story projecting window
  8. The Route de Vins d'Alsace: one of the oldest in France, the Alsatian Wine Route extends for 170 km, from Marlenheim to Thann. A journey through vineyards, medieval castles and cellars where you can taste excellent wines. A half day wine tour from Colmar is recommended
  9. Christmas markets: despite being the coldest period, they are a great attraction. They are generally set up in the most characteristic places of the historic center: Place des Dominicains, place de l'Ancienne Douane, Place Jeanne d'Arca and Petite Venise
  10. Eguisheim: typical Alsatian style village with alleys and half-timbered houses. In the central square is the castle and around this the streets are arranged in concentric circles

What to do in Colmar: excursions and tours

How much does it cost to visit Colmar? Prices, offers and advice

A stay in Colmar it is not a low cost one. As for flights, super offers are almost never found and it is recommended to land in Strasbourg or Baden-Baden, connected by direct flights to Italy.

Once you have reached your destination, if you don't just stop in the town but want to explore the surroundings, it is car hire is strongly recommended (one week from € 118,00). In this case, we recommend the purchase of the Pass-Alsace, with free access to 56 tourist sites in Alsace! To get around Colmar you can instead easily move on foot, to settle in the city we recommend the 2-hour Segway tour!

For accommodation, unless you go to sleep in Strasbourg where there are also large international structures, in Colmar there are mostly small and medium-sized pensions of a good standard with prices starting from € 50,00 per room. For food, the prices are in the European average: a dinner in a good restaurant is around € 25,00 / 30,00 per person, even more if you drink wine. If you are a wine lover, we recommend the one day wine tasting tour from Colmar!



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