A Day In the Medieval Fairy-Tale Town of Colmar, France

A Day In the Medieval Fairy-Tale Town of Colmar, France

A Day In the Medieval Fairy-Tale Town of Colmar, France

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The Medieval Fairy-Tale Town of Colmar

Exploring France’s medieval fairy-tale town of Colmar immediately transports you smack dab in the middle of Europe’s middle ages.

No, seriously, you’ll feel like you’ve walked right into one of your favourite European fairy tales (Beauty and the Beast maybe?). At least that’s how exploring this stunning old town made me feel.

Colmar is such a diverse blend of architecture, art and delicious cuisine that it’s hard not to experience sensory overload. Its history and culture are so well preserved that you can’t help but to be impressed by this charming little town. 

Colmar is the beautiful fairy-tale town in Alsace, France. Tourists flock to this medieval age town for good reason as the town boasts beautiful architecture, tasty food and awe-inspiring art. Colmar is even the best producer of wine in the region os Alsace! Travel to this quaint old town to explore all the splendid treats France has to offer!

A Bit About Colmar

This delightful old town is dated right back to the middle ages and has a rich history. Influences from Sweden, Germany and of course, France have played a significant role in its unique cultural diversity.

Colmar was tossed back and forth between German and French rule until World War 2 where it finally became a permanent part of France’s north-eastern region, Alsace.

If you’re an avid wine drinker, you may know that this region of France is renowned for its Alsatian wine. As if wine isn’t a good enough reason to visit, you’ll be pleased to know that Colmar is known to be the best producer of this region’s wine.

Architecture in Colmar

The town of Colmar

How to Get Around

Like it was on my trip to the old city of Florence, Italy (and most old towns in Europe), cars aren’t allowed to drive through the streets. This enhances the experience as you’ll be able to observe every detail of this medieval town unbothered. You are, however, able to ride bicycles through the cobbled streets. 

People Walking through Colmar

Walking through Colmar

Bicycle Rider

Bicycle Rider

Old Town Treats

Architecture:

I’d have to say that the most enchanting part of my visit to Colmar was hands down the architecture. The unique blend of German and French styled architecture resulted in picturesque half-timber buildings. Lining every street these warm pastel coloured buildings brought the entire town to life; you can’t help but to feel enthralled.

Walking through Colmar

Walking through Colmar

Colourful Half-Timber Buildings in Colmar France

Colourful Half-Timber Buildings

Another significant architectural relic to look out for in Colmar is the massive Gothic Saint Martin Church.

The Saint Martin Church in Colmar France

The Saint Martin Church

Bartholdi’s Sculptures:

If you (much like myself) find yourself wondering, who is Bartholdi?, the town will certainly reveal small clues. As I discovered, Bartholdi was a world-renowned sculptor from Colmar whose most prominent piece is the Statue of Liberty.

In celebration of the sculptor the town has placed a few of Bartholdi’s sculptures throughout the town. Walking around town and taking time to spot them can be a terrific way to see more of the town as well. Count them to see how many you find 😉

Barthaldi Sculpture

Sculpture in Town

Indoor + Outdoor Market

A part of what makes Colmar feel like such a quaint town are the local markets. There were both indoor and outdoor markets that offered a mix of fresh local produce. Exploring the markets is a wonderful way to interact with and support friendly local vendors.

Market Vendor in Colmar France

Market Vendor

Vendor at the Indoor Market in Colmar France

Vendor at the Indoor Market

Fresh Produce in the Colmar Market

Fresh Produce in the Market

Cafes + Restaurants

One thing I’ve noticed about Europeans is their love affair with cafes. Colmar was certainly no exception. Cafes and restaurants lined the streets with furniture as visitors chatted and enjoyed the warm sunshine. Surely one of the local attractions is its own unique French cuisine.

People enjoying meals at restaurants

People enjoying meals at restaurants

Cafes & Restaurants along the streets in Colmar

Cafes & restaurants along the streets

Boat Tour Along Little Venice

Another beautiful feature of Colmar is La Petite Venise (Little Venice). As the name suggests, this area of Colmar is reminiscent of the beautiful Italian city of Venice. A picturesque canal crosses the streets of the old town giving it a sense of romance. What’s even better is taking a ride along the canal to see the quaint old buildings from this unique perspective.

Little Venice in Colmar France

Little Venice

La Petite Venise in Colmar

La Petite Venise

Train Tour

Yes, as cheesy as the train tour sounds it’s actually an interesting way to learn a bit more about the town. Enjoy the ride along the cobbled streets hearing interesting historical details of the old town.

Train

Train Tour

A Fairy-Tale in Real Life

A day in this stunningly beautiful and historically rich town leaves anyone awe-struck. From its wonderfully constructed architecture to the deliciousness of its cuisine you’ll be yearning to return to this real life medieval fairy-tale town.

Have you ever visited Colmar? If not, would you? Let us know in the comments!

Colmar is the beautiful fairy-tale town in Alsace, France. Tourists flock to this medieval age town for good reason as the town boasts beautiful architecture, tasty food and awe-inspiring art. Colmar is even the best producer of wine in the region of Alsace! Travel to this quaint old town to explore all the splendid treats France has to offer! via www.theswissfreis.com

Colmar is the beautiful fairy-tale town in Alsace, France. Tourists flock to this medieval age town for good reason as the town boasts beautiful architecture, tasty food and awe-inspiring art. Colmar is even the best producer of wine in the region os Alsace! Travel to this quaint old town to explore all the splendid treats France has to offer! via www.theswissfreis.com
Colmar is the beautiful fairy-tale town in Alsace, France. Tourists flock to this medieval age town for good reason as the town boasts beautiful architecture, tasty food and awe-inspiring art. Colmar is even the best producer of wine in the region os Alsace! Travel to this quaint old town to explore all the splendid treats France has to offer! via www.theswissfreis.com
Colmar is the beautiful fairy-tale town in Alsace, France. Tourists flock to this medieval age town for good reason as the town boasts beautiful architecture, tasty food and awe-inspiring art. Colmar is even the best producer of wine in the region os Alsace! Travel to this quaint old town to explore all the splendid treats France has to offer! via www.theswissfreis.com
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