France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Colmar, France Guide
Smaller than Strasbourg but just as medieval at its heart, Colmar is simpler and calmer, and a delight to visit. On its outskirts are astonishingly beautiful Alsatian wine-making villages.




The city of Colmar, Alsace, 76 km (47 miles) south of Strasbourg (map), is a charming Alsatian city with winding medieval streets, houses from the 1400s and 1500s, a little river, medieval churches and houses, and several fine museums, including the childhood home of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, sculptor of New York's Statue of Liberty.

The historic center of Colmar is wonderfully medieval, with its half-timbered houses and stone-paved streets. In the neighborhood known as Petite Venise, down by the traditional market, canals are bordered by fine old houses, trees and flowers. Cafés and restaurants are dotted along the streets and canals, and always busy.

Petite Venise in Colmar, Alsace, France
Restaurant on a canal in Petite Venise, Colmar, Alsace.

Transport to & in Colmar

You can visit and enjoy Colmar easily on a day-trip by car or train from Strasbourg, or even on a longer but still possible day-trip by fast TGV train from Paris. Colmar's train and bus stations are walking distance from the medieval center, and local transport is efficient. More...

Hotels & Apartments/Flats

Lots of choice for accommodations in Colmar: charming old inns in the center, modern hotels a bit farther out, and a good selection of short-term apartments/flats for rent. More...

Alsatian Wine Route

Colmar is the best base for visits to the delightful Alsatian Wine Route. Some villages are only an easy 10-minute train ride away. There's also the huge mountaintop Teutonic castle: the Château de Haut-Koenigsbourg. More...

Place du Champ-de-Mars, Colmar, Alsace, France
A summer afternoon in the place du Champ-de-Mars, Colmar.

Vibrant and bustling on weekdays and Satuday, Colmar is quiet on Sunday, with most shops closed.

Hotels in Colmar

Colmar Restaurants

What to See & Do

Tourist Information

Transport for Colmar

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Colmar, Alsace, France

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