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Colmar - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haut-Rhin
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Capital of the Alsace wines, Colmar has preserved its rich architectural heritage, as well as its picturesque character. The Unterlinden museum, dedicated to Rhenish art, is an essential place to visit in the town. Showing collections of medieval and Renaissance paintings and sculptures, this former Dominican convent also has the famous Isenheim Altarpiece by Matthias Grünewald on display.

The old districts, with their old half-timbered houses and facades decorated with old forged iron shop signs, are a real delight. One of the most popular places in Colmar is the Petite Venise district (Little Venice), that is very romantic. The beautiful half-timbered houses and colourful walls on the Poissonnerie quayside and the small flower-covered bridges spanning the Lauch river add to the charm of the place. A boat tour on the canal is also a lovely way to discover the pretty banks of the Petite Venise.

The Tanneurs (Tanners) district is very picturesque, with its tall houses and attics formerly used for drying skins. The Marchands (Traders) street is known for its beautiful residences and especially for the Pfister's house dating from 1537, decorated with an corner oriel window and a wooden gallery. It is in this street that is located Auguste Bartholdi's birth house, who is the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty in New York. This ancient residence is today home to a museum exhibiting the work of the artist.

The visit of the old town continues with the Saint-Martin collegiate church, an ancient cathedral of the 13th and 14th century; the Dominicans church of Rhenish Gothic style; the arcades house ("maison des Arcades") and the former customs ("Ancienne Douane"), Koïfhus, with its pretty, busy square featuring a fountain.

The wine fair in Colmar takes place in August and is a must. This festival features tastings, gastronomy, exhibitions and animations. The atmosphere is great! Colmar's International festival in July is a major classical music event. In winter, during the Christmas break, the old town of Colmar is very pretty with its illuminations, its decorations, and its friendly Christmas markets.

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Tour of Colmar in the little tourist train
Culture and education350 € to 650 € Colmar

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Colmar International Festival
Annual tribute to a great musician who shaped our eraJuly 2018

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Little Venice (© JE)
Little Venice (© JE)
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Little Venice (© JE)
Little Venice (© JE)
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Alsatian facades (© JE)
Alsatian facades (© JE)
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View of the Dominican monastery
View of the Dominican monastery
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Former chapel-ossuary St. Jacques thirteenth century (© JE)
Former chapel-ossuary St. Jacques thirteenth century (© JE)
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Sculpture in front of the Bartholdi Museum
Sculpture in front of the Bartholdi Museum
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Fontaine
Fontaine
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House decorated with flowers in the street of Turenne Colmar
House decorated with flowers in the street of Turenne Colmar
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Colmar old Le
Colmar old Le
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Tanners Wharf
Tanners Wharf
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Tanners Wharf
Tanners Wharf
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streets decorated for Christmas
streets decorated for Christmas
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House decorated for Christmas
House decorated for Christmas
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decorated Street for Christmas
decorated Street for Christmas
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old District (© JE)
old District (© JE)
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District of Little Venice (© JE)
District of Little Venice (© JE)
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Little Venice (© JE)
Little Venice (© JE)
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Little Venice (© JE)
Little Venice (© JE)
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old Quarter (© JE)
old Quarter (© JE)
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Ensign bear the hammer (© JE)
Ensign bear the hammer (© JE)
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Manneken Piss (© JE)
Manneken Piss (© JE)
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Fountain Manneken Piss (© JE)
Fountain Manneken Piss (© JE)
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balcony of the House of Heads (© JE)
balcony of the House of Heads (© JE)
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Heads House (© JE)
Heads House (© JE)
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Heads House (© JE)
Heads House (© JE)
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the Koïfhus, old customs (© JE)
the Koïfhus, old customs (© JE)
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old house (© JE)
old house (© JE)
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Lycée Bartholdi (© JE)
Lycée Bartholdi (© JE)
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covered market (© JE)
covered market (© JE)
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Collegiate Church Saint-Martin (© JE)
Collegiate Church Saint-Martin (© JE)
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Collegiate Church Saint-Martin (© JE)
Collegiate Church Saint-Martin (© JE)
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Collegiate Church Saint-Martin (© JE)
Collegiate Church Saint-Martin (© JE)
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Virgin in the rose bush (© JE)
Virgin in the rose bush (© JE)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival (© Jean Espirat)
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Carnival Queen (© Jean Espirat)
Carnival Queen (© Jean Espirat)
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Information on old chapel Saint Jacques (© JE)
Information on old chapel Saint Jacques (© JE)
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Colmar Synagogue
Colmar Synagogue
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Information on Saint-Martin collegiate (© Jean Espirat)
Information on Saint-Martin collegiate (© Jean Espirat)
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Virgin in the rose bush - Dominican Church (© JE)
Virgin in the rose bush - Dominican Church (© JE)
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old Street (© JE)
old Street (© JE)
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