Colmar has been in our list of places to visit for a long time. The short distance from Zurich is very attractive (Colmar is only 150 KM from Zurich) and we can easily go for a day trip anytime. This was actually our second attempt to visit the city. Unfortunately, the first time we tried to visit, we had an accident on the motorway only 30 KM away from reaching Colmar and we were forced to return home. Luckily, nobody got hurt but we had to postpone our visit for few more months.
Almost a year later, we finally managed to reach our destination. We were greeted with a beautiful winter day and shiny blue sky, Colmar was more than what I expected. Walking around the old town, I felt like being inside of a fairytale, the half-timbered medieval buildings, the narrow cobblestone streets, the charming stores and cafes… all together make of Colmar a truly enchanting city.
If you watched the Beauty and the Beast movie, you will notice many similarities between the village where the movie was made and Colmar. Belle’s hometown in the movie is fictional but was inspired by the French Medieval villages Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé, both also in the Alsace region and very close to Colmar.
We parked the car nearby the old town and walked the whole day. Colmar is a small city and the main attractions are located in the old town. Everything can be seen in a day or less and, in my opinion, the best thing to do in Colmar is just wonder around and get enchanted by its super charming streets and buildings.
The German influence can be easily noticed in the whole town. Colmar is located in the Alsace region bordering Germany and Switzerland. Actually, the German influence can be seen in the whole Alsace region as it has alternated between German and French control over the centuries and reflects a mix of those cultures.
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