Colmar, Alsace, France 2012

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Colmar is a city in Alsace, a region lying on the west bank of the river Rhine, between the Rhine and the Vosges Mountains.
Alsace was part of the German-speaking area of central Europe, and to this day a large proportion of the population, speak Alsacian, a dialectal form of German language. In the last two centuries, Alsace has passed from Germany to France and back. Since the end of World War 2 in 1945 Alsace belongs to France.
The beautiful Colmar village is surrounded by vineyard hills of the southern Vosges Mountains. Is also a part of the Alsace Wine Route which is one of the oldest wine routes in France. It is about 170km long and runs through 70 wine-growing beautiful villages, renowned for being some of the most beautiful villages in the Alsace. The following villages are considered as the most beautiful in the region: Colmar, Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Obernai, Eguisheim, Dambach-la-Ville.

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Alsace Wine Route

There is a lot to see in the village but the following cannot be missed:
1. Old Town – You cannot miss that one! This is why you have come to Colmar…

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Colmar – The Old Town

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Colmar – The Old Town

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Colmar – The Old Town

2. La Petite Venise (The Little Venice district) – From the Fishmonger District you can book a canal boat and take a boat tour on the river Lauch which will take you through all the most interesting parts of the Little Venice.

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La Petite Venise (The Little Venice district) – bridge on Rue Turenne

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La Petite Venise – On a boat tour

3. Quai de la Poissonnerie – This part of the village is the old fishmonger’s district where fishermen lived centuries ago. The beautiful houses along the route are well-preserved and fairy-tale painted.

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Quai de la Poissonnerie

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Quai de la Poissonnerie

4. Marché couvert de Colmar (Market Hall) – Market hall located at the along the Little Venice boat tour. It is here where the villagers brought their goods on boats to sell it at the market

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Marché couvert de Colmar (Market Hall)

5. Le Koïfhus (The former customs house)

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Le Koïfhus – the former customs house

LINKS:
www.tourisme-colmar.com – Colmar Tourist Information
www.tourisme-alsace.com – Alsace Tourist Information
www.alsace-wine-route.com – Alsace Wine Route
www.tourismevosges.com – Vosges Mountains Tourist Information
www.massif-des-vosges.com – Vosges Tourist Information
www.gites-de-france.com – Holiday rentals in Alsace
www.marche-couvert-colmar.fr – Market Hall in Colmar
www.ecomusee-alsace.fr – Ecomusée d’Alsace

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