Colorful buildings next to a canal
La Petite Venise - Little Venice of Colmar, France

Inspiring Destinations – Colmar, France

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Colmar, France

There are some destinations that leave you breathless no matter how many times you visit. Colmar in the pretty Alsace region of France is one of those places.

Inspiring Destinations Colmar
Maison Pfister, The Pfister house was built in 1537 and is the first example of architectural renaissance in Colmar.

We have been to Colmar three times and each time we are awestruck by the colorful half-timber buildings that are the feature of the city.

Colorful half-timber houses
Colorful half-timber houses line the streets.

Little Venice is the most visited location in Colmar. The area is decorated with many colorful buildings lining La Lauch, the river that runs through Colmar.

Eating lunch at Little Venice, Colmar France
Eating lunch at Little Venice

There are many quality eateries in the vicinity, some by the water. The Marché couvert Colmar is an indoor market built in 1865, with merchants selling produce, meat, cheese, wine and many other delights.

Open plaza leading to streets
Grand Rue looking towards Rue des Marchands

Anytime is a great time to visit Colmar in the Alsace region of France, but the Christmas season is delightful. Spending a few hours wandering around the town with the aroma of baked goods and vin chaud (mulled wine) is wonderful.

A busing Christmas market
The Christmas Market in Colmar is a wonderful time to visit

We have visited Colmar three times and would be happy to go there again. The first time we went we were taken by a couple we had befriended during a house sit in a small village in France. Read about that here – Living like a Local in Fontenoy Le Chateau.