To celebrate our anniversary we decided on visiting Colmar, France. We had heard it was an adorable town with excellent mountain biking nearby and only a 3 hour drive from Leysin. Hard to argue with that! It definitely lived up to all expectations and I hope to visit this area again soon!
Overview of visiting Colmar, France
Colmar, France sits 45 minutes north of Basel, Switzerland and 45 minutes west of Freiburg, Germany. The town is situated in on the Alsatian Wine Route which is not to miss for the wine connoisseur. The region produces some of the most noted dry Rieslings in the world.
Colmar was founded in the 9th century and has been annexed by Germany on 2 occasions; once before WWI and again during WWII. Despite being part of the major WWII battle of the “Colmar Pocket”, the city’s old town has been wonderfully preserved.
The area known as “Little Venice” is particularly adorable…
And this turquoise cottage is officially my dream home.
Where to eat in Colmar, France
We ate at 2 highly recommended restaurants and unfortunately only one is worth commenting on.
- Le 3:
- Address: 4 Rue de l’Église, 68000 Colmar, France
- Phone: +33 3 89 29 15 74
- Recommendations: Pinot Gris, Munster Tarte Flambée (a regional specialty), Steak entree & chocolate fondant (see photos below)!
We attempted making reservations at L’Auberge 2 nights in a row, but it was full both nights. So if you can get in, try it!
Where to stay in Colmar, France
While I’m sure there are many fabulous hotels and BnBs in Colmar, the one bedroom Airbnb apartment which we stayed in was perfect!
View the Airbnb listing here.
- 5 minutes walk to the Old town
- 3 minutes walk to the grocery store
- Fully stocked kitchen
- Private garage
- Wonderful hosts
(It is on the 3rd floor so be prepared to walk up stairs.)
Alsatian Folk Evenings
From May to September on every Tuesday evening, Alsatian folk music groups come alive in heart of the Old town. It’s a 100 year tradition that you don’t want to miss!
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