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.

Known for

Café, Historical Building and Museum

Top hotels in Colmar

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hôtel Le Colombier
4 out of 5
7 rue de Turenne, Colmar
C$131/night
Jul 28 - Jul 29
4.3/5Excellent! (318 reviews)

"This hotel is centrally located and the staff are friendly. The facilities are up dated. We would stay here again. We were upgraded to a suite with a loft bathroom. Very nice of them but no privacy from the rest of the room when using the toilet. So don’t stay in that room on your honeymoon as the ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jun. 2019

Hôtel Le Colombier
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Hôtel le Maréchal
4 out of 5
4-6 Place Des 6 Montagnes Noires, Colmar
C$124/night
Jul 23 - Jul 24
4.4/5Excellent! (375 reviews)

"Perfect location as an iconic building of the city. Romanric atmosphere. Fine food."…"

Reviewed on 10 Apr. 2019

Hôtel le Maréchal
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Hôtel Saint-Martin
3 out of 5
38, Grand’Rue, Colmar
C$113/night
Jul 31 - Aug 1
4.3/5Excellent! (672 reviews)

"Location, location, location! Charming Old Town Colmar😍"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2019

Hôtel Saint-Martin

Top activities in Colmar

Alsace Safari-Tour Iconics: Full D., 6 villages&Wine tasting
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Alsace Safari-Tour Iconics: Full D., 6 villages&Wine tasting

C$191

Departure of Colmar at 8:30 am Wine Road around Colmar Visit of 6 picturesque villages Hunawihr, Riquewihr, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Turckheim, Kientzheim Visit of a winemaker cellar and wine tasting Return to Colmar around 7:00 pm

Safari Tour, Iconic's: 1/2 day morning, 2 Villages & Tasting
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Safari Tour, Iconic's: 1/2 day morning, 2 Villages & Tasting

C$110

Departure of Colmar at 8:30 am Wine Road around Colmar Visit of 2 picturesque villages Hunawihr, Riquewihr Visit of a winemaker cellar and wine tasting Return to Colmar around 12:30 pm

Colmar Cultural Tour with a Traditional French Dinner
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Colmar Cultural Tour with a Traditional French Dinner

C$138

French culinary traditions have different roots in each city: discover Colmar food scene in a unique way. Come along and discover all the charm of the historical town center with its famous “Petite Venise” and many other attractions for culture lovers.

Pass Alsace : the best of Alsace in your pocket!
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Pass Alsace : the best of Alsace in your pocket!

C$37

Customers can buy the Pass Alsace and choose the type of Pass (3 days, 24h or 48h) for adults or for children less than 12 years old. If you will visit Strasbourg don't forget to choose a Pass including Batorama boat and reserve your time schedule directly in Batorama Once you get your digitalized Pass it will be activated at the time of your first visit .

Vacation Photographer in Colmar
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Vacation Photographer in Colmar

C$41

Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.

Alsace Villages Half-Day Tour From Colmar
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Alsace Villages Half-Day Tour From Colmar

C$81

Join this half-day tour and discover the amazing views of the Alsace countryside and visit some of the most beautiful villages of the area. This tour from Colmar starts with the visit of the village of Kaysersberg.