Everyone knows Paris & London, yet there are many small villages in France & Europe offers a unique & unspoilt glimpse of ancient Europe, untouched by modern development tracing back to Medieval Period.
Hence it ignites our interest to visit them. One of the must visit village is definitely Colmar, France. 3 Days 2 Nights should be sufficient.
Colmar can be easily reach by TGV train from Paris (3 hours) & only 30 mins from Strasbourg.
All of Colmar’s attractions are concentrated in its old town. Therefore the best way to get around Colmar is on foot.
Due to the wealth and variety of its historical and architectural heritage, Colmar offers visitors an exciting glimpse of 1000 years of European history.
Founded in the 9th century, Colmar is the capital of central Alsace. The town is situated along the Alsatian Wine Route and considers itself to be the “capital of Alsatian wine”.
Built between 1235 and 1365 the Saint Martin’s Church is an important example of Gothic architecture in Alsace.
The Pfister house, a symbol of Old Colmar, was built in 1537, for the hatter Ludwig Scherer, who made his fortune with money trading in the Val de Liepvre.
Designed in 1865, Colmar Market was made of brick and stone with some 20 merchants provide high quality products : fruits and vegetables, butcher, dairy, bakery, fish, flowers and local products.
The fishmonger’s district is the place where most of the professional fishermen and boatmen of Colmar lived. The caught fishes were stored in fish ponds or sold.
Little Venice, Colmar
Little Venice name was given to the course of the Lauch in Colmar which probably came from the original line of the houses on both sides of the river.
For 6 Euro, you can join one of the boat cruise around the Little Venice, while the guide explains the history of Colmar.
Also not to be missed is to try Alsace food. Do you know the famous Foie Gras was invented in Alsace region (Strasbourg)?
Also another dish to try is Tarte flambée which is the Alsatian equivalent of the Pizza.
It is made of a thin layer of dough, covered with crème fraîche, cheese, onions, and bacon & baked very quickly in an extremely hot oven so that it gets crispy.
Colmar is definitely a very beautiful village, hopefully we are able to come back in future.