If you’ve ever wondered what a an Alsatian city might have looked like in all its medieval glory, Colmar is your answer.
The old town has been left untouched for hundreds of years and looks like a theme park, except the timber houses and palaces are completely real and original.
Go on a guided tour or get hold of an itinerary from the tourist office to help you discover 16th-century merchants’ houses or renaissance civic buildings, and then hit the Musée d’Unterlinden where the masterpieces that the city commissioned will blow you away.
Then set off into the countryside to discover Alsace’s amazing white wines and experience the fabled natural beauty of the Vosges Mountains.
Lets explore the best things to do in Colmar:
1. Old Town
Colmar’s old quarter is as complete as it is lovely, with street after street of corbelled wooden houses and sophisticated renaissance palaces decorated with flowers.
The city avoided all of the conflicts that damaged many other French cities and remains a protected picture-book example of old Alsace.
Colmar’s history is so rich and complex that a guided tour is the only answer if you want to fully understand everything you see.
The city even organises guided walks to help you identify the meaning of all the coats of arms on display.
And if you’re with the whole clan then you could catch the two tourist trains, which offer headphones and commentary in 14 different languages.