10 Dec 2018 - 11 Dec 2018
2 guests - 1 room
Colmar is lovely place and the major city in the region. Easy train access to Paris and elsewhere. Makes for an easy access point if you are heading to Alsace or Switzerland.
French and German influences commingle in this well-preserved Alsatian village, where local bakeries sell both croissants and kugelhopf, and restaurants specialize in foie gras and sauerkraut (or choucroute). A range of architectural styles, from German Gothic to French Neo-Baroque, can be spotted in the old town, which was spared destruction during World War II—thanks in part to the historical beauty of its cobblestoned lanes, quiet canals, and half-timbered houses.
Born and raised near mountain ski resorts in Colorado that pretend to be European with French-style chalets and cobblestoned streets, it took me a second to realize that Colmar was the real deal. Its lack of museum culture that inhabits larger French cities was a blessing since all I wanted to do was wander about on foot. Rarely did I turn a corner to come across something shabby or run-down. Most other cities hide these elements within deep alleyways; but in Colmar, the idea of "ugly" simply does not exist. A word of warning: like many other provincial towns in France, Colmar completely shuts down over Easter, as my companion and I unhappily discovered. Make sure to stock up on food before the holiday!
Charming small town. Colmar feels like it comes straight out of a Grimm Brother's fairy tale. Walking along the cobblestone streets and enjoy the town center with its stucco covered buildings. Colmar is a great place to spend a relaxing weekend and just chill.