Part of my European trip was visiting the little town of Colmar. It is a small town located in France Alsace region. It is very close to Germany and Switzerland. A 2 hours car drive from Zurich is all it takes. That time I went there, the day was drizzly and grey but it didn’t stop me and my sister with my brother in law from wandering around the town. I personally don’t know a lot about this place, but I was wholly awed by how pretty it is. I felt I was into the pages of a fairytale!
The small French town looks like a preserved medieval village with the traditional half-timbered houses, overflowing flower pots and little canals. It has a blend of German and French architecture. This town that was founded in the 9th century has a sunny microclimate, and it is one of the driest cities in France., making ideal for Alsace wine and of course a setting for a perfect getaway.
The small town is best explored by foot. All of Colmar’s attractions are concentrated in its old town. You can also take the green train if you don’t want to walk.
Top Sights and Things to Do:
The little corner of the city with small canals reminiscent of Venice, Italy. It is the most picturesque area in Colmar. You will also find lots of great restaurants around this area.
St. Martin’s Church
It is a Roman Catholic church built in 1365 and it contains gothic architecture.
As for gastronomy, Colmar has lots of restaurants. Alsace is known for its pastries.
When I went there, I tried the most famous Alsatian dish- Tarte Flambee! It is called Flammekueche in Alsatian or Flammkuchen in German which is the Alsatian equivalent of pizza. It is made up of a thin layer of dough covered with cheese, onions, crème Fraiche (rich sour cream) and bacon. The crust is crispy.
By the way, if your goal is to visit as many countries, I recommend visiting Colmar. It is a good place to add to your list if you are visiting Germany and Switzerland.
My time was not enough. I would love to come back to Alsace and explore more in depth! For now, this is it!
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