Imagine small town with differently colored small houses lined up one after another, narrow cobble stoned fairy-tale streets, small canals running all over the town, pictured Stork everywhere, lot of colorful flowers & lots of sunshine – that’s what Colmar is (and was for us :))! A great small town packed with huge crowds and a lot of things to do. It’s a heaven for the photographers. This made us completely fall in love with Colmar, another small European town (the other one being Hallstatt)!
It’s a must see/visit town of Alsace region of France. Even though we have not visited any other city from this region, the last statement comes out based on our reading & seeing few pictures.
Colmar is very much do-able in half a day, but allow yourself a complete day or possibly combine it with 1-night stay. The small town has completely different look in the lights. We were in Colmar for 1-night & 1-day, but still thought would have been nice if we would have stayed the other night as well!
The best way to explore the town is to just roam around it’s streets, which really provides nice picturesque view of all the things said above. Coming out from the Colmar central station, take left on Avenue De La Republique and walk towards Place Du Champs De Mars – a nice beautiful park famous among locals to hang out and few activities for the kids. At the other end of the park, go right which leads to the center of the town and from there move to any street based on the things to do & see. But before that, make sure to get a map of the town from the tourist center (near Colmar train station), as it’s pretty easy to get into some sort of walking-loop within the old town.
There are few historical houses:
House of Heads, Pfister House, Guard House, Adolph House, Koifhus, Tanners Quarters…….
Few monuments like Fontaine Roesselmann
And, of course Little Venice 🙂
Last but not the least, try to find the hidden Manneken Pis statue in the narrow streets of Colmar. It’s not that popular as that one in Brussels, still quite a fun to see that anywhere. It’s actually a replica of the original and was gifted in the year 1922 on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the liberation of Colmar.
We cannot get over with this town! Whenever, we look at the pictures….we start admiring how beautiful the town is and how little time we spent there! Definitely a place to be on someone’s bucket list…..
To reach Colmar from Euro Airport – one has to take bus number 11 to St. Louis and from there a regional train to Colmar.
We booked our accommodation via booking.com @Apartment Center Colmar – it was really nice with typical Alsatian style room and right at the center of old town!