Welcome to a Colmar France Tour!
With Our Black Forest tours naturally expand into the neighbouring Alsace region as the whole Upper Rhine Valley shares a common cultural background. Over centuries the Alsace has been fought over by Germany and France. Out of this a strong Alsatian identity has developed, which manifests itself in no other town of the Alsace more than in Colmar. Its medieval lanes and squares, 13th century Gothic churches and original Old Town, Colmar France appears to have stepped out of a storybook. The town’s streets are filled with intact Alsatian homes and a colourful mix of French and German Renaissance architecture. Colmar France is home to historic neighbourhoods; rivers and canals invite for a stroll. Add your character into the story of Colmar France as you as you immerse yourself in more than one thousand years of history. Part of this history is the beautifully restored Quartier des Tenneurs, named for the tanners who worked here in the 17th century half-timbered houses. With our Colmar walking tour you will not only see all of this; we will look behind the scenes of a medieval town.
Attractions of Colmar France
The heart of the Alsace is beating at the Museum Unterlinden, originally built as a Dominican Monastery in the 13th century. Most famous exhibit is the Isenheim Altarpiece by Matthias Grünewald. For any art lover this is a “must-see” piece of art. Together we can discover the Isenheim Altarpiece significance.
Colmar is of course the capital of Alsatian wine making; protected by the warm climate east of the Vosges mountains some of the finest white wines in Europe are grown here. Along the Alsatian wine road 119 villages are producing more than 150.000.000 bottles of white wine per year – particularly Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Riesling have made this wine region so famous. During our Colmar walking tour you will learn about the wine making in Alsace and also about Lazarus Schwendi, father of Alsatian wine.
Frederic Auguste Bartholdi born in Colmar France in 1834 has dedicated a fountain to Schwendi; apart from The Schwendi fountain Bartholdi has created many fountains and sculptures, which are exhibited in the Colmar. Of course, Bartholdi is also the creator of the Statue of Liberty.
Colmar France is also the home town of so many other artists who have defined the culture of both, Germany and France. And you will learn about of them.
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
- We walk to the “House of Heads”, one of the architecturally most important buildings in Colmar
- Continuing walking down the narrow lanes of Colmar we learn about the Habsburger tax laws, and the cuisine of the Alsace.
- Our walk through Colmar continues and we explore the architectural differences between the 13thand the 17thcentury
- A visit of the St. Martin gothic church completes our travel through the German built parts. Walking through the old town gate we arrive back in the 19thcentury and visit the birth house of Frederique Auguste Bartholdi
- Passing the “Maison Pfister” we walk towards the Ancienne Douane, the Schwendi Fountain and pass the area of the tanners before arriving at the covert market. Here we look at the wonderful food displays of our merchants.
- Little Venice is the final stop of our Colmar France Walking Tour.
Our Colmar France Tour can be extended to four or eight hours and can be combined with all other tours.