There is nothing like the holidays to travel through Europe. If you’re looking to see Christmas markets, cities such as Strasbourg, Dresden or Gothenburg may pop up in your head. While they are very much worth the journey, there is another city that is the perfect little Christmas escape: Colmar, Alsace. You may know it as Little Venice as canals and rivers go through its streets.
However, something else that Colmar is famous for is its beautiful architecture, colorful streets and of course, Christmas markets. It has indeed more than just one, all with their own niches and specialities. With well-preserved medieval old town and stunning blend of German and French architectural styles, Colmar is a must-visit destination for those wanting to explore a picture-perfect Alsatian town and get into the holiday mood.
Colmar tends to receive a lot of attention on social media during the holidays. Alongside Strasbourg, it is another so-called Christmas town. While I have myself only visited the city in winter, I have heard great things about staying there in the summer. Turns out, those adorable colorful houses are just as instagrammable in the summer as they are in the winter.
Be sure to book train tickets and accommodation early as there is such an influx of tourists during Christmas that you may not find anything affordable (or at all) to stay at. We got extremely lucky and managed to secure an AirBnB located on the Quai de la Poissonnerie, just by the infamous Pont des Écoles. Not only is it one of the most Instagrammable spots in Colmar, it is also the first location featured in this blog post!
Pont Rue des Écoles
The fun thing about our stay in Colmar is that I had no idea our AirBnB was this close to this famous little bridge. I assumed it would be somewhere along the river Lauch but not that we’d see the bridge straight out of the door. Great location though. The bridge is located on Rue des Écoles (as is in the name), just by the indoor market, and offers a great view of Quai de la Poissonnerie and its colorful houses. Both sides of the bridge are of course photogenic so you better get up early if you want to snap a shot and avoid the crowds!
Location: 6 Rue des Écoles, 68000 Colmar, France
Pont Rue des Tanneurs
Colmar is fantastic for many reasons. Of course, the architecture is stunning. The historic city center is very well-preserved. Plus, it is a medium-sized city. And so, all those things combined makes it that most instagrammable spots are close to one another. As a result, just a few minutes away from Pont des Écoles, still along Quai de la Poissonnerie and to the other side of the indoor market, you have Pont Rue des Tanneurs. It, too, offers beautiful views of that typical Alsatian architecture. An absolute must-see for sure!
Location: Rue des Tanneurs, 68000 Colmar, France
Quai de la Poissonnerie
Quai de la Poissonnerie goes alongside the river Lauch and is a street full of colorful half-timbered houses with that typical Alsatian architecture. Walk from the bridge Rue des Tanneurs, pass the indoor market and bridge Rue Des Ecoles, and carry on to see beautiful houses, stunning architecture, restaurants and shops. Those will make the perfect stops along the way for sure! Plus, Alsatian food is delicious!
Location: Quai de la Poissonnerie, 68000 Colmar, France
Brasserie des Tanneurs
Located on Rue des Tanneurs and close to the bridge aforementioned, Brasserie des Tanneurs has a beautifully decorated façade full of little hearts. While it is very popular as a background for photos, it is also a great restaurant. The indoor space is beautiful, very quaint and rustic; and the food is delicious! They don’t accept reservations though so if you want to go, you may have to queue up for a bit! Don’t worry, the line usually clears fast and you’ll be seated in no time.
Location: 12 Rue des Tanneurs, 68000 Colmar, France
Maison Dite “Au Pélerin”
Besides the view of Quai de la Poissonnerie from Pont Rue des Écoles, Maison Dite “Au Pélerin” probably is the most famous Instagrammable location in Colmar. During the holidays, the house will sport Christmas decorations and a big Christmas tree. During the summer, the decorations change to something more summary, quite often related to the Tour de France. Again, being super popular, if you want to secure a photo free of tourist, you better get up early!
Location: Koïfhus, 25A Grand Rue, 68000 Colmar, France
Rue des Marchands
If you walk from Maison dite “Au Pélerin” along Grande Rue, you will end up on Rue des Marchands. To the back, you will see what is called “Koïfhus”. It is the oldest civil building of the city, with a Gothic and Renaissance architecture, that currently hosts a restaurant and indoor market. To the other side, you will large colorful half-timbered houses with beautiful holiday decorations, and another very Instagrammable spot, Au Vieux Pignon, which we are covering next!
Location: Koïfhus, Grand Rue, 68000 Colmar, France
Magasin de souvenirs Au Vieux Pignon
Au Vieux Pignon is a souvenir shop that is open and decorated all year round. In the summer, expect little hearts and flowers. In the winter however, you’ll see fairy lights, snowflakes and teddybears. Looking beautiful during the day, it is spectacular at night, especially as the sun sets. The place is so pretty and Instagrammable and definitely deserve to end up on your feed! The store is also super cute!
Location: 52 Rue des Marchands, 68000 Colmar, France
Pont Saint Pierre
Finally, last but not least, another Instagrammable spot in Colmar is Pont Saint Pierre, on Rue Turenne. Spanning over La Lauch, it is also very close to the departure point of the little boats you can take on the canal. Once again, it is a great location to see cute houses with colorful façace and half-timbering so typical of the Alsace region!
Location: Rue Turenne, 68000 Colmar, France
Colmar is one of those cities that is Instagrammable everywhere. Wherever you walk, you’ll beautiful houses with colorful façades or shopfront, with typical Alsatian architecture and half-timbering that makes street ever so charming. Singling out a few Instagrammable locations is always difficult but great to help you build a little itinerary of must-sees!
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Have you been to Colmar before? What did you think of the city? When did you go, during summer or winter? What was your favorite thing about it?
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