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“Magnificent streets and athmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Old Town

Old Town
Ranked #1 of 66 things to do in Colmar
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Colmar is located near Germany and Switzerland, between the Vosges and the Rhine, Strasbourg and Mulhouse. With its 67,000 inhabitants, it retains a 'country town' atmosphere which contributes so much to its charm. The city offers visitors a fascinating insight into 1,000 years of European history through its exceptional heritage. Wonderfully preserved from the ravages of time, its homogenous historical centre is classed as a 'protected area' and has benefited from careful restoration and ongoing improvements for more than 25 years. Colmar is really a condensed version of the Alsace region. Walking in its streets is like visiting à huge movie set with hundreds of century-old half-timbered houses, lovely canals and flourished pedestrian town center. The city has an impressive selection of quality restaurants and shops selling high-quality local products... Not to miss: the romantic and world famous district of 'the Little Venice'. Colmar is also the capital of Alsace wines and is nestled at the foot of the vineyard next to many idyllic villages. The city hosts the annual Wine Fair of Alsace in august, that has gone through six decades. This event gathers approximately 300 000 people during 15 days of music, party and wine tasting. The city with multicolored houses is also the birthplace of sculptor Bartholdi, father of the famous Statue of Liberty in New York and of Hansi, the well known illustrator of Alsace. The culture vultures will complete their visit by one of its 5 museums. We especially suggest to visit the Unterlinden Museum to discover and admire its wonderful Issenheim Altarpiece or the Toy Museum, if you're looking for something to do with your kids.
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“Magnificent streets and athmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

Great place for a paced stroll, a very well preserved medieval town, full of charm, shops and restaurants.

Visited August 2014
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“One of the top 10 villages in France”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

Wonderful to walk around and the buildings really are very old. Nice little cafes to stop in and easy parking. A nice place to visit on any tour of the Alsace wine region.

Visited July 2014
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“Wonderful architecture over a large area.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

We chose Colmar as our stop to take in a larger example of an Alsace "old city", since we were heading west before reaching all the way up to Strasbourg. Others on Trip Adviser had suggested that this place would do (and was actually less crowded). I'm glad we took their advice. You have to do some poking around and walking to find all the great views and locations, but Colmar's old city is extensive and rewards visitors with many, many wonderful examples of Bavarian architecture, narrow, romantic streets and lovely little shops and restaurants. Go to the back of the town and find the canal for some of the most breath-taking views.

Honestly, every town in Alsace, big or small, seems to have at least a bit of this same flavor, with ancient buildings and flower boxes everywhere. But Colmar has this in abundance. Don't be turned-off by the rather unattractive views along the access road into town. Head for the public park near the main town's center (near the fountain and caroussel, park there (free on Sunday) and then stroll across the road into the Old Town. Take your time. Enjoy!

Visited August 2014
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“Nice old town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

The old town is worth to see with typical houses and cathedral. The cafe's around are also good. I am not very much impressed but worth to see.

Visited August 2014
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“Nice walk”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

We visited on Sunday majority of shops were closed. Resturants and Cafés were open and a few sovonier shops.
Many beuitful sites and buildings to see.
Many tourist were in the area.

Parking was free for 3 hours. I think if the shops were open you can easily spend half a day walking and shopping.

Visited August 2014
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