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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

Top Hotels in Colmar

Hôtel Le Colombier
Hôtel Le Colombier
4 out of 5
7 rue de Turenne, Colmar, Haut-Rhin
The price is $118 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Colmar Centre Ville, this hotel is steps from Colmar Covered Market and Little Venice. Bartholdi Museum and Parc du Champ de Mars are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (434 reviews)
The best?

"Stayed in the new annex, amazing. Great cycle storage as well."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Hôtel Le Colombier
Hôtel Saint-Martin
Hôtel Saint-Martin
3 out of 5
38, Grand’Rue, Colmar, Haut-Rhin
The price is $51 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

Located in Colmar Centre Ville, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Saint-Matthews Protestant Church and Little Venice. Collegiale St-Martin and Bartholdi ...

4.3/5Excellent! (829 reviews)
Great little place

"Great location for a city break"…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

Hôtel Saint-Martin
Hôtel Roi Soleil Prestige Colmar
Hôtel Roi Soleil Prestige Colmar
4 out of 5
26 Rue Des Metiers, Colmar, Haut-Rhin
The price is $72 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Situated in Colmar, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Colmar Expo and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Little Venice. Ballons des Vosges Nature Park and Toy Museum of Colmar ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (753 reviews)

"Clean and quiet. Parking in front. We will come back"…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

Hôtel Roi Soleil Prestige Colmar
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Gîte Grand'rue
Gîte Grand'rue
45 Grand Rue, Colmar, Grand Est

Located in Colmar Centre Ville, this apartment building is steps from Colmar Covered Market and Little Venice. Bartholdi Museum and Parc du Champ de Mars are ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Fantastic owners, very helpful! Great place

"We arrived at the hotel in the height of the coronavirus outbreak. The owners were very helpful and understanding. Great property. The only challenge is being able to identify it from the street as there are no clear markings. GPS will take you to the right place, but you need to be in communication ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Gîte Grand'rue
Historical Town Center Spacious Flat
Historical Town Center Spacious Flat
Colmar, Grand Est
The price is $314 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27

Located in Colmar Centre Ville, this historic apartment building is steps from Colmar Covered Market and Little Venice. Bartholdi Museum and Saint-Matthews Protestant ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Superbe séjour

"Très bonne expérience merci."…"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2020

Historical Town Center Spacious Flat
Odalys City Colmar La Rose d'Argent
Odalys City Colmar La Rose d'Argent
15 Avenue d Alsace, Angle rue Grillenbreit, Colmar, Haut-Rhin
The price is $54 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in the heart of Colmar, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Toy Museum of Colmar and Little Venice. Saint-Matthews Protestant Church and Collegiale ...

4.2/5Excellent! (520 reviews)
Excellent

"Brilliant location, excellent staff and and incredibly clean hotel. Nice big rooms, very good value for money"…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Odalys City Colmar La Rose d'Argent
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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