Welcome to the Black Forest and Beyond Colmar France Tour!
The whole Upper Rhine Valley shares a common, rich cultural background. Therefore, we naturally expand into neighbouring Alsace France. Part of the renowned Alsace region, this Black Forest Tour takes us to spectacular Colmar, France.
Colmar – A Living History
The Alsace region is surrounded by the Vosges Mountains to the west and the Black Forest Mountains to the east. Over the centuries, both France and Germany have laid claim to this highly desirable plain. Subsequently, a strong Alsatian identity has formed. In no other place in the Alsace is this more evident than in Colmar, France.
With its medieval cobblestone lanes and 13th century Gothic churches, this quaint little town delivers the enchantment of a storybook. Largely spared from the destruction of the French Revolution, Alsatian homes fill the streets with French and German Renaissance architecture. Historic neighbourhoods and the original Old Town invite you on a stroll back in time. Explore the criss-crossing canals of Little Venice and the beautifully restored Quartier des Tanneurs. Immerse yourself in over one thousand years of history as you add your own story to the legends of Colmar, Alsace.
With an extensive list of sights, we’ll take a walk back in time on our Colmar tour. What’s more, we’ll take a look behind the scenes of an authentic medieval town.
The Many Attractions of Colmar France
The heart of the Alsace is showcased at the Museum Unterlinden, housed in a 13th century Dominican Monastery. Among other treasures, here you find the iconic Isenheim Altarpiece. Completed by Matthias Grünewald in 1516, the work is considered a masterpiece. The Museum Unterlinden is our meeting point and the starting point of our Colmar France tour.
Our walking tour will take us to the famous Schwendi Fountain, dedicated to the famous Alsatian wine-maker, Lazarus Schwendi. Created by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, born in Colmar in 1834 and the creator of the Statue of Liberty. Bartholdi’s many fountains and sculptures can be found throughout the town.
Additionally, the Colmar population has fostered scores of other artists who have helped define the culture of Germany and France alike. Together, we will dive into the artistically rich Alsatian history.
The Capital of Alsatian Wine Making
Of course, Colmar is also the capital of wine making in the Alsace. Protected by the warm climate east of the Vosges mountains, the Alsatian region produces some of the finest white wines in Europe. Along the Alsatian wine road, 119 villages produce more than 150,000,000 bottles of white wine per year – particularly Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Riesling. During our walking tour you will learn about the wine making in Alsace and more about Lazarus Schwendi, the father of Alsatian wine.
Itinerary of our Colmar France Tour
- Our meeting point is the main entrance of the Unterlinden Museum in the town center. Here we start learning about the general history of Colmar.
- Walk to the House of Heads, architecturally one of the most important buildings in Colmar.
- Continue our stroll down the narrow lanes, learning about the Habsburger tax laws, the cuisine of the Alsace, and the
architectural differences between the 13th and the 17th centuries.
- A visit to the St. Martin gothic church completes our travel through German historical Colmar. Walking through the Old Town gate, we travel back to the 19th century, visiting the birth house of Frederique Auguste Bartholdi.
- Passing the Maison Pfister, we walk towards the Ancienne Douane, the Schwendi Fountain and through the Quartier des Tanneurs before arriving at the covert market. Here we will explore the wonderful food displays of our merchants.
- The tour concludes at Little Venice, the final stop of our walking Tour.
The best of Colmar tours, our walking tour can be extended from four to eight hours. Of course, it can also be combined with all other tours.