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ColmarFrance

A rich architectural heritage, a well-preserved old town and stunning collections of religious art bring visitors to this beautiful town in northeastern France.

With canals, medieval houses and ancient churches, Colmar's picturesque charms enthrall immediately. Behind the walls of some of the old buildings are collections of important artworks by leading figures from the town's art history. Come for art, architecture and a fabulous light show on the weekends.

Wander through the delightful medieval old town with its narrow cobbled streets lined with half-timber houses from the 15th and 16th centuries. Enjoy a coffee on a café terrace overlooking one of the canals that passes through the Little Venice neighborhood.

One of Colmar's most famous sons is Frederic Bartholdi, the sculptor who created the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the USA on its 100th birthday. Learn about the creation of Lady Liberty and examine many of Bartholdi's sculptures at the Bartholdi Museum. Some of his statues can also be seen around town.

Another leading artist and Colmar native was Martin Schongauer. See his beautiful 15th-century painting Madonna in the Rose Garden inside the Dominican Church. While you are in this gothic building, admire the stained glass windows that date back to the 14th century. Then go to Saint Martin Cathedral, which is home to many gothic and renaissance sculptures.

To see more religious art, visit Unterlinden Museum, a former convent that houses a wonderful collection of medieval and renaissance paintings. One of its most important works is the Isenheim Altarpiece. If there are children in your party who don’t share your fascination with religious art, treat them to a visit to the Toy Museum. The collections feature toys and games from the 19th century to the present day.

On Friday and Saturday nights, be sure to see the light show, when the buildings and canals are illuminated by different colored lights.

Colmar is situated on the far eastern corner of France, near the German border. Arrive by train from many major cities in France. Once in the town, get around on foot, ride on a gondola and take the tourist train through the streets.

Colmar is a fabulous destination for its art, canals and medieval architecture.

Where to stay in Colmar

Colmar featuring signage

Colmar Centre Ville

4.5/5Wonderful!(26 area reviews)

Colmar Centre Ville is noteworthy for its historical sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Little Venice and Collegiale St-Martin.

Colmar Centre Ville
Colmar featuring signage

Old Town

Unique features of Old Town include the historical sites and coffee shops. Make a stop by Little Venice or Collegiale St-Martin while you're exploring the area.

Old Town
Quartier Saint-Léon, Colmar, Haut-Rhin, France

Quartier Saint-Léon

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Quartier Saint-Léon might not have many top sights, but Little Venice and Colmar Expo are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Quartier Saint-Léon

Top hotels in Colmar

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel Suites Colmar Centre
Novotel Suites Colmar Centre
4 out of 5
27 Rue Bartholdi, Colmar, FR
The price is Rs8,171 per night

Located in the heart of Colmar, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Little Venice and Unterlinden Museum. Ammerschwihr Golf Club is 7.6 mi (12.3 km) away. Colmar ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (225 reviews)
Great place to stay

"Great hotel and room, nice staff, great price and location"…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020

Novotel Suites Colmar Centre
La Maison des Têtes
La Maison des Têtes
5 out of 5
19, rue des Têtes, Colmar, Alsace
The price is Rs20,404 per night

Located in Colmar Centre Ville, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of House of the Heads and Little Venice. Unterlinden Museum and Theater Colmar are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (132 reviews)

"We had a wonderful 3 night say. The hotel is lovely, our room was very clean, we loved having dinner in the courtyard and breakfast was wonderful. In this time of COVID I’m sure it is challenging to run a hotel/restaurant but the safety standards here were high, they are doing a great job keeping ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2020

La Maison des Têtes
James Boutique Hôtel
James Boutique Hôtel
4 out of 5
15 rue Saint-Eloi, Colmar
The price is Rs9,693 per night

Located in Colmar Centre Ville, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Toy Museum of Colmar, Bartholdi Museum and Unterlinden Museum. Little Venice ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (358 reviews)

"Great location and amazing room. Nice and friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

James Boutique Hôtel

Popular places to visit in Colmar

Little Venice
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Little Venice

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Learn about the history of Little Venice, one of the top monuments in Colmar. While in this quaint area, you can enjoy the wineries.

House of the Heads
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House of the Heads

Learn about the local history of Colmar with a stop at House of the Heads. Visit the shops in this walkable area or simply enjoy its wineries.

Parc du Champ de Mars
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Parc du Champ de Mars

Explore the great outdoors at Parc du Champ de Mars, a lovely green space in Colmar. Discover the art scene and monuments in this walkable area.

Reviews of Colmar

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Top Destination

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2 Sep 2019

Colmar is a beautiful town to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

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2 Sep 2019

A beautiful historic town which is stunning. Pretty walkable with some great shops and restaurants

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Aug 2019

Lovely City

5/5 - Excellent

Marlow

4 Jul 2019

The most beautiful town I’ve ever been to

5/5 - Excellent

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30 Jun 2019

Church bells all night might disturb some!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Jun 2019

Not to be missed. Dinner at Caveau St. Pierre on the canal. Make reservations to make sure you enjoy dinner with a view.

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