Colmar, visit the jewel of Alsace

Colmar

Colmar is a beautiful city that exudes charm on all four sides. It is located in the Alsace region of France, near the border with Germany, hence many houses remind us of the Bavarian style. It was a free imperial city whose existence is already talked about in the XNUMXth century. Today it is a really tourist destination because of how well preserved its old town is.

En Colmar there is much to see although it is not a big city. This town has some very well-preserved houses and an old town worth seeing, especially at Christmas, when everything is full of decorations. But Colmar is much more than this, so we will discover all its corners.

Little Venice

Little Venice

If you go to Rue de la Poissonnerie, where you can see colorful typical half-timbered houses next to the canal and follow this street, you will arrive at what is known as Petite Venise. Little Venice is a place with fairytale charm, almost like the entire old part of Colmar. From the Rue de Turenne bridge the best perspectives are taken to take dream photos of this canal area.

Rue des Marchands

Rue des Marchands

This is the most important and central street in the city of Colmar, so it is another of its essential visits, especially if we talk about the Christmas season. It has traditional Alsatian-style houses like Casa Pfister or the Weinhof House. During the Christmas season this street is filled with lights on the facades and a decoration that is not indifferent to anyone. The rest of the year it is still a very charming street to walk through to visit its small shops.

Place de l'Ancienne Douane

Near the Rue des Marchands is this large square, which is one of the most important in Colmar. You can see the Koïfhus building, the old customs office through which the products that were exported had to pass. In it there is also the sculpture of Auguste Bartholdi.

Collegiate Church of San Martín

Saint Martin

This collegiate church is located in the central Place de la Cathedrale. The church was originally built in the XNUMXth century in the Romanesque style, although it was later renovated again in the Gothic style, which is what we can see today. It has a façade in which the high tower stands out. Inside you can see the stained glass windows, the side chapels and the organ.

Unterlinden Museum

Unterlinden

This museum is located in a former nunnery. Inside the museum we can see medieval or early renaissance works by local or nearby artists. It also stands out for the Isenheim Altarpiece and has several sections to visit such as archeology, sculpture or stained glass.

Pfister House

Pfister House

This original and beautiful XNUMXth century house It is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved Renaissance-style buildings in Colmar. It is located at number 11 on the well-known Rue des Marchands. From the outside you can see its ancient wooden galleries and religious murals. Near this house we also find one of the oldest building in the city, number 14, which was a warehouse that belonged to the nuns of the Unterlinden convent.

Maison des Tetes

Maison des tetes

Near the Place Unterlinden is one of the most significant buildings in all of Colmar. This Renaissance building dates back to the 19th century and is located at XNUMX Rue de Tetes. If you are not staying at his hotel, the house, which is already a Historical Monument of France, can only be seen from the outside, although the visit is worth it for how original it is. On its façade we can see more than a hundred faces, hence the name Casa de las Cabezas. In its upper part you can see the figure of a cooper.

Dominican Church

This Gothic-style church is located in the Plaza de los Dominicos. It has a beautiful style and was also built between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries. It is worth visiting to admire the beautiful XNUMXth century stained glass windows, the altarpiece of the Virgin of the Roses and the baroque-style choir.

Christmas markets

Christmas market

It may not coincide with this time of year, but you should save your visit to Colmar for the time of their Christmas markets. This city stands out for having one of the most charming Christmas markets from all over the world, with the streets decorated with lights and lined with stalls. Throughout the city, in places like the Petite Venise, the Rue des Marchands or the Place des Dominicains you can see these great markets that start at the end of November.

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