Colmar: what to see, driving to visit the city of Alsace

What to visit in Colmar, a town in the department of Haut-Rhin in Alsace, near the eastern slopes of the Vosges mountains in France.

Guide Colmar

Situated on the left bank of the river Lauch and symbolically defined in the wine capital of Alsace, Colmar has preserved significant architectural value of the buildings and the blueprint as a whole. Economically it is home to a vibrant textile industry, food, chemical, mechanical and tobacco.

What to visit in Colmar

Significant cultural center holds numerous works of art that include the museum Schongauer, the Church of the Monastery of the Dominicans, the Collegiate Church of Saint Martin, including four major portals and in the eighteenth-century organ by Johann Andreas Silbermann.

The Unterlinden museum, dedicated to the art typical of this region, contains paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages with the famous altarpiece of Issenheim, realized by Mathias Grunewald. Very picturesque Little Venice is the neighborhood with houses located along the banks of the river and reached along rue des Tanneurs romantically or crossing the bridge over the river Lauch.

A copy of the Statue of Liberty in New York, then built by Gustave Eiffel, is situated at the northern entrance of the city from July 4, 2004 when it was placed there in honor of the centenary of the death of Frederic Auguste Bartholdi who designed it.

Also interesting is the Bartholdi Museum, dedicated to this local sculptor and patriot, located in the center of Colmar in the birthplace of Bartholdi, still furnished with the original furniture, which houses a collection of models, sculptures, paintings and drawings made by the artist.

Worth a visit of the traditional district of the tanners, with typical houses in which the skins were dried before processing. Rue de Marchands is instead known for beautiful homes surrounding it, as the abode Pfister in 1537, has a nice gallery of wood and adorned with a bay window corner. In August in Colmar should also stage the wine fair.