Colmar Old Town (Vieux Colmar) Tours
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The self-proclaimed capital of the Alsace wine region, Colmar is an undeniable highlight of the famous Alsace Wine Route and renowned for its beautifully preserved medieval center. Colmar Old Town (Vieux Colmar) is postcard-worthy from all angles, with its half-timbered buildings painted in a rainbow of colors, fishing boats bobbing along the flower-lined canal ways and maze of cobblestone lanes dotted with small cafés and artisan shops.
Colmar Old Town's compact center makes it feel more like a village than a town, and the main sights can be easily explored on foot, including architectural gems like the dramatic Maison des Tetes (House of the Heads), the 16th-century wooden Maison Pfister (Pfister House) and the pink sandstone St Martin Church. Additional highlights of Colmar include Mathias Grünewald’s 16th-century Issenheim Altarpiece, on show at the Unterlinden Museum; the Bartholdi museum, dedicated to the Colmar-born architect (best known for designing the Statue of Liberty); and the aptly-named La Petite Venise (Little Venice), where visitors can enjoy a boat tour around the scenic canal ways.
The most atmospheric times to visit Colmar are during the Foire aux Vins wine festival held each summer or during the annual Christmas market when the entire town comes alive with festivities.
Colmar Old Town (Vieux Colmar) is located 44 miles (70 km) south of Strasbourg in the Alsace region of France. A train ride from Strasbourg to Colmar takes about 40 minutes.
Address: Colmar, Alsace, France
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Colmar Old Town (Vieux Colmar)
If you’re in the Alsace region and want to do more than just wine tasting, this private day trip that includes visiting picturesque villages is the one for you. From Colmar, travel to the Castle of Haut Koenigsbourg, Riquewihr and Equisheim, and take in the rolling scenery and historical architecture. Of course, you’ll also enjoy a wine tasting, too. This is also a great option if you’re traveling with nondrinkers and don’t want to spend a whole day focused on wine.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Face masks provided for travelers
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Enjoy a personalized and scenic private walking tour through the vast pedestrian area of old Colmar, classified "protected area", where you can admire a rich heritage, civil and religious, perfectly preserved, ranging from the Middle Ages to the 18th century: the famous district of the "Petite Venise" and the Tanneurs district. You cannot miss the majestic Collegiate Church of Saint-Martin, which will seduce you by the many details of its gothic architecture and its very particular colours. If the traditional half-timbered houses make the fame of Colmar, the remarkable bourgeois houses will not fail to attract your attention. Examples include the Adolf House, the oldest house in Colmar, or the 16th century Pfister House and the majestic Maison des Têtes. From lesser-known attractions in Colmar's old town to its most renowned sites, you will be accompanied by an expert local guide who will share with you the history and secrets of this lovely city.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Colmar Old Town (Vieux Colmar) hours of operation?
Colmar Old Town (Vieux Colmar) hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Colmar Old Town (Vieux Colmar)?
The best ways to experience Colmar Old Town (Vieux Colmar) are:
- Private Tour: Alsace Villages and Wine Day Trip from Colmar
- Colmar: Private guided walking tour of the Historical Center