22 Comments

  1. Lynco
    May 29, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

    We will be in Breitach on a river cruise and we would like to bike to Colmar. Can you tell me how long a trip it is and what the terrain will be like, hilly or flat?
    Look forward to your answer. Thanks
    Lynco

    • Andrew
      May 31, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

      For the length, you need to check out the map. I think it is relatively flat, but I have only ever done the route on the bus, so I don’t know for sure.

  2. Lance
    April 3, 2013 @ 5:31 am

    Stumbled on this post as I was exploring your site. Colmar is a beautiful little town! We were there on a Sunday, so it was practically shut up, but beautiful nonetheless. I love your photos!

    • Andrew
      April 7, 2013 @ 10:05 am

      Thanks. Sunday can be a bit of a problem if you want to shop, but the all of the restaurants should still be open. Find a cafe on a sunny square and watch people go by.

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  5. Wholesale Logs
    July 29, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    I believe this old city is one of the most well-preserved in all of Europe. Home to buildings made in German gothic style, architecture of the early Renaissance, and several historic churches, Colmar is a place where tourists can go to bask in the sun. I want to visit it someday.

  6. Katja
    June 9, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

    Oh, how pretty! I love the timber-framed houses along the canal. Makes me think of some of the little villages in the south of the UK.

    • Andrew
      June 10, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

      Thanks. Maybe I need to go see more of these small UK villages.

  7. Grace Becker
    June 2, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    How I would love to visit Colmar! It looks so beautiful. This coming december I might visit it.

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    June 1, 2012 @ 11:53 am

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  9. Andrea
    June 1, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    Like much of Alsace, Colmar looks beautiful. I’m going to try to visit for the Christmas markets this year. It’s cool that you can just pop over to France like that. 🙂

    • Andrew
      June 1, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

      “Pop”ping to France is about an hour and a half total in transit, though relatively quick in the grand scheme of things. The christmas markets are nice. If you do make it this Christmas, let us know and hop over the border to join for a beer.

  10. Laurel
    May 30, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    I’ve never been to Colmar either, but it looks beautiful. i love it when friends visit, it gives you motivation to explore places you haven’t been to yet. I wish I would have spent more time in France when I lived in Stuttgart.

    • Andrew
      June 1, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

      I’ve been a few times over the years. It is actually kind of nice at Christmas time with the multiple markets, though much colder.

  11. Ali
    May 29, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    It was a nice town, and I wouldn’t mind going back sometime when it’s warmer. It was just too cold and rainy that day. It is fun to be able to go to France for the day though!

    • Andrew
      June 1, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

      Yup. Worth an afternoon of wandering, but it would have been nicer warm.

      • Heidi Jenkins
        June 2, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

        I am drooling to visit this place. It looks great!!

  12. Colina
    May 29, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for some time. Since I am planning a move to Germamy this August, your blog has been helpful and entertaining. I’m learning a lot.

    I am narrowing down places to live. One place I have my eye on is Breisach. In your opinion, what do you think of this town?

    I realise this post is about Colmar, but I am reaching out to people in the area who can give me their opinion.

    • Andrew
      June 1, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

      We stopped in Breisach on the way, and I probably have another post on it in my pictures and mind. As a small town it is ok, though it is a small town. I have only spent afternoons there, but it strikes me as not such a great place for expats. Small towns often (of course not always) have a more closed mindset. And unless you already know German you will need to find classes, which are less likely/flexible in those towns. As for transport, it has decent links to Freiburg, but it is still a half hour out. Personally, as an expat I would look for a much bigger town. More people to meet and more things to do. Why are you looking at Breisach? Do you have a job opportunity?

  13. Ariana
    May 29, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    I love that third picture– SO beautiful! I am always fascinate by the ways in which towns just barely across the border can be so distinguished in their nationality– how these seemingly arbitrary lines between countries can mean so much in terms of culture, architecture, politics, etc. I know it was so surprising for us to cross the English Channel in just 30 minutes, and to arrive somewhere so… very French! Ha!

    • Andrew
      June 1, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

      This was more striking in its difference because the history has so much in common with Freiburg. It just happened to be that side of the river so was swapped back and forth a few times.