Fairytale Destination Colmar, France

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.

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Photo credit French Moments

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.


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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.

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Colmar, Alsace France Photo credit: Nikkodem

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.


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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.

For more information on planning a trip to Colmar, Alsace France please visit Colmar’s Office of Tourism or Tourism Alsace

As always your experience, comments and questions are welcome below. Happy fairytale travels!
Petit Train Photo: Colmar Office de Tourisme

Petit Train Photo: Colmar Office de Tourisme

Sources: http://www.tourisme-alsace.com/





About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

39 Comments on this post

  1. [ Smiles ] Beautiful architecture; I am impressed by its beauty — Beautiful old world French design.

    Renard Moreau / Reply
  2. Awesome photos. It so beautiful town that I have not seen such a beautiful town before. What comes to Santa Claus he lives in Finland at

    Arctic Circle.

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  4. This place looks magical. I love the timber houses with the flowers and canals. Looking it up for a potential next trip now!! 🙂

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    • I knew you would love it. It is very much influenced by Germany’s half-timbered architecture. Throughout history Germany took over and left their footprint. One can’t complain about it’s charm that is for sure. Alsace deserves a huge shout out. A fairytale destination that is on my top 10 for sure!!

  5. This definitely looks like a fairytale getaway!!

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  6. So beautiful and dreamlike. Reminds me almost of a movie set. Great write up!

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  11. Love all the colors … the buildings, the water, the lights, and the train!

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