The dreamy country-town of Colmar is not only the wine capital of Alsace, France, but a true fairytale destination. Its architecture, traditions, and cultural enthusiasm, makes Colmar a perfect place for a family vacation or romantic getaway.
The Venice-like canal streets are lined with bright medieval half-timbered houses reminiscent of the history with Colmar’s variant neighbor Germany. The picturesque town can be best enjoyed by taking long strolls or aboard the Petit Train. The guided train tour given in 14 languages offers a relaxing means of learning about the rich history and 18th century traditions of this fairytale destination. Another exciting way to enjoy the culture is by attending the town’s Folk Music Evenings.
On Tuesday nights from May-September at the Old Customs House of the Old Town, locals in period costume sing and dance to traditional Alsatian folk music. This event is a must see and great for all ages as are many other points of interest in Colmar.
Local museums and neighboring castles offer a variety of art and history to enjoy. Not far from Colmar in Ungersheim is the Alsace Heritage Museum (the Ecomusee’ d’ Alsace). This attraction maintains 70 rural homes relocated and saved from demolition and is one of Europe’s largest heritage museums. However, of all the interesting and cultural things to experience in Alsace, Christmas in Colmar may very well be the main event.
Christmas in this middle aged wonderland will make even grown-ups believe that this town was crafted by elves and ruled by Santa Claus himself. The “Land of Christmas Stars” event is a collaboration of Alsatian villages, each with their own unique theme for Christmas decorations and events. Among the most popular is the “Magic of Christmas” in which Colmar hosts 5 Christmas markets, ice skating, village decorations and a light spectacular to transform this storybook town into a Christmas fairytale destination.
The light show is so popular that it runs throughout the year on Friday and Saturday evenings and nightly during special town events. “The Magic of Christmas” runs annually from late November through December 31.
Colmar is a fairytale destination rich with culture, tradition and overflowing with wine. Alsatians are truly enthusiastic about planning events to share their heritage with visitors. This fairytale destination is perfect choice for a family vacation or romantic getaway any time of the year.