A day in Colmar, France

Day-tripping from Strasbourg

As is our way, while in Strasbourg we wanted to visit somewhere nearby. Colmar was an easy choice: an absolutely beautiful old medieval town and only 30-minutes away by train. European train ticket offices being what they are, we ended up missing our intended train – but that made more time for éclairs and tea so it wasn’t all bad.

Gare de Strasbourg (train station)Colmar old town, FranceA day in Colmar, France | travel tipsPetite Venise, Colmar, FrancePetite Venise, Colmar, France

What to see & do

Colmar is pretty small and our plan was just to be flâneurs: while there are dozens of historic buildings to see, the only things on our itinerary were the Old Town and Petite Venise. In the end we spent about five hours in Colmar, which was plenty of time to cover the main sights, sample some wine and indulge in a leisurely lunch.

Colmar, FrancePetite Venise, ColmarMarché Couvert, ColmarBretzels in the Marché Couvert, Colmar

Where to eat & drink

Aux Trois Poissons, 15 Quai De La Poissonnerie – we each had a lunch menu (25€ or 34€) at this fish restaurant and both were incredible. I particularly liked the pike perch with vegetables.

Wine tasting in the Ancienne Douane – Colmar is the capital of the Alsace wine region and crément, the local ‘champagne’, is absolutely delicious – bordering on too easy to drink, actually. We picked up a glass at a lovely (and cheap!) open-plan bar on the Place de l’Ancienne Douane.

Marché Couvert, Rue des Écoles – we came across the food market accidentally and having just had lunch it wasn’t great timing but the produce looked fantastic. If we didn’t have strict hand luggage limits to stick to I’d have brought home some tasty Alsatian souvenirs.

Boat trips in Petite Venise, ColmarCobbled streets of Colmar, FranceColmar train station

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