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“Take your time”
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.
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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“Take your time”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

Colmar Old Town is bigger than it looks from the map. An amazing collection of old buildings which have been cared for over the centuries. With the Christmas market embedded you can imagine yourself back in the time of Dickens. Really needs a whole day to take it all in - and don't forget the camera!

Visited December 2013
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“Beautiful town”
Reviewed December 25, 2013

Fantastic Christmas markets..we'll signposted. We went on the bus from Riquewihr so avoided the parking problems. Lots of places to eat and drink. Busy but full of atmosphere and very very Christmassy

Visited December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Rustic buildings and medieval street plan”
Reviewed December 23, 2013

The centre is given over to a pedestrian area. A stream flows throughs through the centre. A Christmas market filled most streets when we there. Good range of shops with few international names. Hurrah!

Visited December 2013
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Incline Village, Nevada
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“Christmas market -- French style”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

The old town of Colmar is delightful and the Christmas market was a pleasant surprise. We have visited a number of them in Germany and Switzerland and Colmar's ranks with the best of them.

Visited December 2013
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“Colmar Christmas Market”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

Colmar's Old Town is always splendid, but is at its best during the Christmas Market, one of the best in Europe. I have just produced a short video about this wonderful market that will show you all about it which you can find it on my YouTube channel. For many years I have been traveling to France shooting video, and with all that experience I rank Colmar's Christmas spirit as the best. It can get quite crowded however, so if you love to see lots of people go on a weekend, or if you want it more quiet, visit during the week and in the morning. The most magical time is twilight, with all the colorful lights coming on with a deep blue sky behind.

Visited December 2013
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