A weekend in Colmar

Colmar is perfect for a romantic, gourmet weekend getaway. This little town in Alsace is famous for its beautiful architecture.

  • Laurence Edelson


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Nestled between the Vosges and the Black Forest mountains, Colmar  simply oozes with charm, with its narrow cobblestone streets, colourful half-timbered houses, geranium-bedecked balconies and interweaving canals.

It’s also the capital of  Alsatian wine. Suffice to say, when it comes to gastronomy, you won’t be disappointed!

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What to do on a weekend trip to Colmar

Le centre de Colmar - © iStock - nevereverro

Cruise down the canals on a flat-bottomed boat.

Start your day out right by drifting down the canals of this flower-covered town. You can enjoy a romantic moment in a picture-perfect setting.

Balade en barque à Colmar - © iStock-MichalLudwiczak

If you prefer to stay on land, a bicycle ride along the banks of the Lauch — the river that crisscrosses the little city — is a nice alternative.

  • Leave from the base of the Pont Saint-Pierre
  • Boulevard Saint-Pierre
  • 68000
  • Colmar
  • France
  • +33 389410194
  • Opening hours: Open daily from February to December from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
  • Price info: €6 per person.

The Collégiale neighbourhood

Talk a stroll around the Collégiale neighbourhood to discover the old town and its most beautiful buildings. Then continue on to a visit of the Unterlinden Museum. It’s a bit like the Louvre of Alsace!

Église dominicaine dans le quartier de la Collégiale à Colmar - © iStock-Kuzmalo

Its masterpiece? The Issenheim altarpiece by Grünewald, a set of 16th century painted panels depicting the crucifixion of Christ.

  • Unterlinden Museum
  • 1 Rue des Unterlinden
  • 68000
  • Colmar
  • France
  • +33 389201550
  • Opening hours: Open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 am to 6 pm
  • Price info: Normal €13/Reduced price €11/Youth price €8/Solidarity price €5


You absolutely must try the winstubs. You can find plenty of Alsatian specialities in these little traditional restaurants. As for wine, you can taste some grands crus at the Domaine Viticole de la Ville de Colmar, which you can reach by foot from the city centre.

Façades à colombages à Colmar - © iStock - Janoka82

The Martin Jund estate, run by the Jund family, is also located in the heart of Colmar.  This 16th century house produces absolutely astounding organic wine! Finally, if you happen to be visiting in August, don’t miss the Colmar wine expo. In addition to tastings, the event offers concerts and other activities.

  • Domaine viticole de la ville de Colmar
  • 2 Rue du Stauffen
  • 68000
  • Colmar
  • France
  • +33 389791187
  • Opening hours: Open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Saturday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
  • Domaine Martin Jung
  • 12 Rue de l'Ange
  • 68000
  • Colmar
  • France
  • +33 389415872
  • Opening hours: Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 7 pm

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