Colmar, France The Fairytale Town You Must Visit Now
With its colorful buildings, quaint canals, and charming timbered houses, Colmar is the live-version of your childhood’s fairytales town. The charming small town, located near the border with Germany, is one of the best-preserved historical places in eastern France. For wine lovers, Colmar is also known as the capital of Alsace wine.
Best time to visit Colmar
Spring is a great time to visit Colmar. The town gets decorated with beautiful flowers and endless rays of sunshine. As an added bonus, in April Colmar hosts an annual spring festival: Fête le Printemps.
But the best time to visit Colmar is definitely Christmas time! There is something magical about this town that makes Christmas feels extra festive. The old-town gets decorated with thousands of lights and ornaments while the Christmas markets fill the atmosphere with the intoxicating smell of delicious bites and chaud vin.
Favorite Spot Colmar - Little Venice
If you see one thing in Colmar, make it the Little Venice. Although is not as grandiose as Venice, the canal is truly charming in its own right. You can explore it either by foot on Quai de la Poissonnerie or by boat, on a 30 min tour. For more information check out their website here.
The Food in Colmar
The typical Alsatian food is delicious, to say the least! Colmar's food, like the rest of the region, is highly influenced by French and German cuisine. For delicious local fare, try the Tarte flambée, a thinly rolled bread dough covered with fromage blanc or crème fraîche, thinly sliced onions and lardons. Yumm! If you are a wine aficionado, Alsatian wine is a must.
There are several Michelin star restaurants in and around Colmar. Make sure you check out the list and book in advance.
How to get to Colmar
Colmar is only an hour by train from Strasbourg
1.4 hours from Zurich
4 hours from Paris
If you are up for a road-trip adventure, Colmar is conveniently located towards the end on the Alsace wine road ;). Rent a car in Strasbourg and make your way south on the A35. It’s only an hour drive but you will want to stop along the way to visit the other charming towns in the region.
Fairytale or not, Colmar will enchant you with its beautiful pastel colors buildings, amazing food, and unique culture.
Have you ever been to Colmar?