Located in the Grand Est region of France, Colmar is a picturesque town close to the German border. Exploring vineyards on the Alsace Wine Route, walking through the Old Town and learning about the illustrious past of the area are just a few of the many things to do here.
A stroll through Colmar’s Old Town will give you deep insights into its early Renaissance and medieval heritage. Saint-Martin Collegiate Church, designed in Alsace’s Gothic architecture style, has a sandstone exterior and a unique lantern-shaped dome. Just a few steps away is Koïfhus, a Renaissance structure constructed in the 15th century. Another interesting building to see is House of the Heads, which is renowned for the grotesque faces on its German Renaissance-style facade.
Colmar is teeming with things to do and places to visit. Walking through a part of town locally known as Little Venice is a popular activity for both tourists and locals. You can even take a boat ride here, passing under pretty bridges and enjoying views of colourful medieval homes. The fishmonger’s district, with its restored half-timbered houses, is a good place for a ramble as well.
Add a dash of culture and history to your Colmar holiday by visiting its fantastic museums. At Unterlinden Museum – housed in a former convent – you can browse through temporary and permanent exhibitions showcasing a range of artworks, including the Isenheim Altarpiece. The Bartholdi Museum features the eponymous sculptor’s masterpieces alongside paintings, photographs and period furniture.