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A long weekend in Colmar

Two gastronomic days in the capital of Alsacian wines will be enough to make you want to come back.

Day 1

Colmar (Phovoir)Colmar is remarkable thanks to the elegance of its half-timbered houses, which are gathered around the town centre. Try finding the hidden symbols in the interlacing woodwork on the façade!

Another treasure to discover: La Petite Venise. It is a charming maze of small canals which you can visit in a flat-bottomed boat.

Back to mainland, don’t miss the Gothic or Renaissance gems of the old town. The Saint-Martin Collegial Church, where you can see beautiful terraces during summer, the Dominican church, the Maison Pfister or the Maison des Têtes, undoubtly one of the most beautiful buildings in Colmar. Its 111 sculptures hide one of the best restaurants in town.

For lovers of good food, Colmar is the dream town! Near the former customs, called Koïfhus, many winstubs will welcome you and their menus propose all the traditional Alsacian dishes. However, make sure you also try other atmospheres such as the restaurant of the Theatre or Chez JY’S, one of the Michelin starred restaurants of Alsace.

Colmar is also the place of birth of the famous Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi: the father of the Statue of Liberty in New York. His birth house, turned into a museum, is open for visits. Sketches, models, photographs… many works testify the exciting destiny of this exceptional sculptor.

Day 2

Musée Unterlinden (Meyer)Colmar is also the Unterlinden Museum! Each year, thousands of visitors come and admire the Retable d’Issenheim (the Issenheim Altarpiece). In total, eight monumental panels painted by Mathias Grünewald: an extraordinary piece of work, which is one of the gems of Rhineland art.

On the first floor, the museum exhibits an impressive collection of modern and contemporary works.

Before leaving, indulge in a last stroll: you can visit Colmar by miniature train. An unusual ride that will delight families with young children. For them, Colmar has even more surprises such as the visit of the Toy Museum. Located in a former cinema, it gathers a collection of 1,100 toys, ranging from the rarest to those most requested by your children.