Ever since I stumbled upon photos of Colmar on Pinterest, I have wanted to spend a weekend wandering the streets of the enchanting town. In fact, I wanted to visit Colmar so much that the town made its way onto my travel bucket list. So after my sister and I booked to take our brother to Paris to celebrate his 18th birthday, I saw this as my chance to jump on a train out of Paris for a few days to discover more of France.
I knew I would love Colmar, but what I didn’t know was how much. This town in northeastern France took my breath away with its beauty and charm and I couldn’t help but feel as though I had stepped into a fairytale. I will go as far as to say that Colmar has become my new favourite place in the world, beating the likes of New Orleans, Lisbon and Santorini.
So, if the photos don’t convince you, here are 5 reasons to visit Colmar, Alsace in no particular order:
1. To relax on a boat ride around Little Venice
There are so many reasons to visit Colmar but perhaps the most popular thing to do is take a boat ride around Little Venice. Relax as you spend 30 minutes admiring the town from a different perspective with the calming sound of birds singing all around you. It really is a must do!
2. To get lost wandering the streets
The incredibly charming streets of Colmar stole my heart. From the colourful and striking architecture reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel to the beautiful cobblestone streets, I could have spent at least a week just getting lost in Colmar and taking in the beauty. For me, this has to be one of the BIGGEST reasons to visit Colmar. I just couldn’t get over how stunning it was.
3. To discover the famous wine route
If you’re a fan of wine (particularly white wine) then you’re in for a treat. Alsace is home to the famous Alsatian 170 kilometre long wine route which will allow you to taste some of the finest wines in the country. On your trip, be sure to stop off at villages such as Obernai and admire some beautiful views from spots such as Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle.
4. To eat
To my surprise, Colmar was bursting with many highly-rated and Michelin starred restaurants that if you would like to eat at, I would recommend booking in advance. Personally, I loved Bistrot des Lavandieres – a charming restaurant located close to Little Venice. The food was great, the service was fast and the outdoor seating area was very pleasant on a sunny spring afternoon.
While in Alsace, you must also try a traditional flambee at La Soi, the number one rated restaurant in Colmar located right in the centre of town. Again, you will need to make a reservation in advance if you wish to eat here as they get booked up quickly.
Be sure to grab an ice cream from Edelw’ice and eat it while strolling around admiring the architecture. Or, if you would prefer some macaroons stop by Gilg and grab a couple to reward yourself for all the walking that you’ve been doing all day.
5. To explore nearby towns, cities AND countries
Located a short drive, train or bus ride away from Colmar, you can discover many nearby French cities and towns such as Strasbourg, Eguisheim and Ribeauvillé in a day. The Swiss capital of Bern and the German city of Freiburg can also be reached by car or train in less than an hour. Talk about a great location for a day trip!
There are many reasons to visit Colmar and I can’t wait for the day I return to explore more. I will definitely be staying for longer than a weekend and planning trips to nearby towns, villages and castles.
Have you ever been to Colmar? What did you like the most? Tell me all about your experience in the comments below!
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