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Best Things to Do in Colmar in One Day


Are you planning your Colmar itinerary and are wondering about the best things to do in Colmar (in one day)? Then I am happy to share my travel tips with you. Find out what to do in one day in Colmar – what to see and where to go, plus many more travel tips for this pretty, pretty place.

Nestled among vineyards with its traditional houses, canals, and floral displays, Colmar is a picture-perfect fairytale dream. And because of this, Colmar has become a popular destination in France.

After visiting Annecy, another fairytale town in France, I was quick to name it the most beautiful town in France. With its colorful and gorgeous houses, water canals, and Lake Annecy, it was easy for me to declare it the prettiest town around. Looking at pictures of Colmar, it seemed to be as beautiful as Annecy. So, I knew I had to visit for myself before I decided on the stunning town in the country.

And so I added Colmar to my Alsace road trip, and after a few days in Strasbourg and its surroundings, I finally visited Colmar. Before I let you know my conclusion – which place really deserves the title of the most beautiful town in France – I will share my travel tips for Colmar.

Colmar best places to see and what to see

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Colmar, France, best things to do and see, Little Venice


Here are my tips about the best things to do in Colmar in 1 day.

Stroll the Old Town of Colmar 

While I am always a fan of getting lost and just seeing where I will end up, I also try to find out about certain places/houses/attractions so that I do not miss out on the highlights. Believe me, that has happened to me, and now, I try to have at least a basic not “get lost” itinerary. 

You can get a free Colmar map either at the hotel or the tourism office and walk the outlined route. There are also signs for main tourist attractions, so you will find them by just following the signs, or you can follow the golden triangles (embossed with Lady Liberty) and see the best Colmar attractions. 

The old town is one of the best places to see in Colmar – or better yet, THE  best place to visit. Keep an eye out for some of these places and attractions:

Little Venice

The very picturesque Little Venice is the main tourist spot. This colorful neighborhood starts behind the Koifhus building and goes through the fishmonger´s district and the bridges Turenne and Saint-Pierre.

Colmar where to go and what to do in one day, visit Little Venice

It is also the most photographed area (I just assume this after looking at Instagram). It is small and there are not even that many streets you could discover! So, even if you want to explore each street and look at each house, you will not need endless hours for it. 

Colmar, Little Venice is the most beautiful place to visit in Colmar, France

When I visited, it was lovely with all the blossoms, but I missed all the flower pots that I saw in other pictures. I am sure this would have added to the beauty of Colmar.

Apparently, Colmar inspired Disney’s Beauty and the Beast setting. No wonder, with these colorful houses, narrow streets, and the canal. You will find a lot in Colmar’s old town are little shops, restaurants, and bakeries.

Colmars most beautiful place, Little Venice

Saint-Martin Collegiate Church 

There are several interesting and impressive churches in Colmar’s old town. Saint-Martin Collegiate Church at Place de la Cathedrale is probably the most amazing. The church was completed in the late 14th century, and not only does it look impressive from the outside, but on the inside, too.

Colmar Church, the best attractions in Colmar France

Pfister House

Built in 1537, the decorated Renaissance-style Pfister House features paintings from the Bible and German emperors and is based heavily on medieval architecture. It is one of Colmar’s most impressive buildings, though I almost missed it as it does not stand alone and almost gets lost in between all the other interesting architecture. 

Colmar what to visit and see - the Pfister House

House of Heads 

One of the best things to do in Colmar is to see the House of Heads. The Rhine Renaissance-style burgeois résidence was built in the early 17th century and has 105 head sculptures. The Alsace bronze copper is a reminder that this house was used for trading wine.

Colmar, House of Heads  in the old town of Colmar_

Koifhus / Customs House

Another place to visit – even if you are one day in Colmar only – is the Koifhus. Once the town‘s business and political hub, the Customs House (or Koifhus) was built in 1480. The ground floor served as a warehouse, market, and customs office for centuries.

Covered Market Hall

I just looked at the Market Hall from the outside, though it is often rated as one of the must-sees in Colmar. The Market Hall dates back to 1865, and after many other uses, it is again a market today.

Tanner’s District

The “village in a town“ underwent some restorations about 50 years ago. It was originally built in the 17th and 18th centuries. 

Colmar attractions and places to go in one day
Tanners (people who tan animal hides) used to live in tall, half-timbered houses. They stand on a stone base with no foundations or cellars, and the roofs of the houses have several hooks so that hides could dry.

Fishmonger’s District

Once home to fishermen, the Fishmonger’s District features a colorful rainbow of half-timbered houses along the Lauch River. Most of the houses were homes to boatmen and fishermen. Nowadays, other means of transportation are used, but back then, the market gardener would sail along the Lauch to transport goods to town.

Mini Sightseeing Train

While I have used these kinds of sightseeing trains in other cities, I did not use them in Colmar. If you are tired of walking, you can instead hop on one sightseeing train and discover Colmar by train.

  • You can find out about the history of the town during the 35-minute ride. Tickets are about 6€ for adults.

Colmar,mini sightseeing train

Boat / Gondola Tour 

Have I ever mentioned my obsession with boat rides? Yes? Okay, so I am happiest on the water, and for all those weird people with the same obsession as me, you can do a boat tour in Colmar as well.

It is not the epic 3-hour boat tour that I did on Lake Thun, but well, the boat ride takes 30 minutes, and this is a lazy kind of sightseeing, as you will see the center of Colmar without having to move at all.

More Fun Colmar Activities

If you have more than a day or want to add a  few more activities, then consider doing one of these things in Colmar.

Wine Tasting

Alsace is famous for its white wines. The Alsace Wine Route Road Tour is famous for a reason. Alsatian wines are named for their grape varietals. As someone who does not drink any wine, I am not familiar, but even I know about the famous Riesling wine.

There are often wine tastings in Colmar in the summer, so for many visitors, these are another fun thing to do in Colmar.


While Colmar itself is a beautiful little town, there are some lovely hiking paths close by. Since I was short on time, I did not take any hikes, but if you are interested in more nature time and doing more outdoor activities, then you can choose between easier and even longer hikes in the area.

Day Trips From Colmar

If you make Colmar your base and want to see more of the area, then plan a day trip to Colmar´s bigger sister.


Not far from Colmar is the pretty city of Strasbourg, which is also full of beautiful architecture and culture – and political institutions. 

Strasbourg Petite France
Getting to Strasbourg by car or train is quite easy, and if you have booked your hotel in Colmar for two nights or even longer, make sure to add a day trip to Strasbourg. Find a detailed Strasbourg itinerary for a day here.


Another gorgeous city with a lot of attractions can be found on the other side of the border – just behind the French/German border, there is Freiburg.

Freiburg tour from Strasbourg

This gorgeous, gorgeous German city is full of unique, medieval architecture that will charm you. Plus, you can enjoy amazing views of the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) which is a mountainous region in southwest Germany, bordering France. 

Freiburg is about 1 hour by car and a bit more than one hour by public transportation. Check out my Freiburg guide for more tips on how to spend your day in Freiburg.


Here are some essential travel tips for Colmar.

Alsace, France’s smallest region, is perched on the edge of Germany and Switzerland, on the Rhine River. It is now part of France (but had been part of Germany several times) and combines these two countries’ best. 

How to Get to Colmar

  • Plane: Colmar does not have a regular airport, and the closest airports are Strasbourg-Entzheim (70km from Colmar), and Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (about 70 km away) – from both airports. You can easily get to Colmar by train.
  • Train: Colmar is linked to the largest French and European cities either directly or by changing trains. The train station is close to the old town of Colmar, and after a short walk, you can reach it on foot.
  • Car: I arrived in Colmar by car, coming from Strasbourg. It was part of a beautiful Alsace road trip I took, and it was very scenic.

How to Get Around Colmar

  • In Colmar, you will most likely visit the old town. And the good news is that Colmar is so small and walkable that walking is the best way to get around.
  • On the flip side, Colmar is so small that you are “done“ quickly. However, if you don’t want to or can‘t walk that much, you can either do a sightseeing tour on the small sightseeing trains you see everywhere, or you could rent a bike. There are also boat tours available (more on that later).

Where to Stay in Colmar

  • I stayed at a 3-star Colmar Hotel, and I loved it. I booked it more or less last minute via
  • It is my preferred booking site, as I can often cancel hotels up to 24 hours in advance, which helps since I am a very spontaneous person. I mostly booked the hotel because of its free parking and proximity to the old town. It is not directly located in the old town, but about a 10-15 minute walk.
  • It is just next to the train station, so whether you get here in your own car or by train, the hotel is perfect.
  • Also, the breakfast was great (including muffins, crepes, pancakes, and much more) and the rooms were clean, bright, and modern. It is for sure my first pick for Colmar.
  • To find out more about the hotel click here.


As you can see, Colmar is a beautiful town worth visiting. Do I think that it is the most beautiful town in France? Well, I am not sure. I still vote for Annecy, but in Colmar´s defense, no flower pots were hanging everywhere (as I had seen on social media and I personally saw in Annecy), which probably makes the town even more colorful and fun.

However, Colmar is a stunning place! 1 day in Colmar is enough to get a good glimpse (read my Annecy post and find out why I am so in love). If you stay in Colmar longer, you can spend even more time soaking in the beauty or visiting a few other places that are close by, like Strasbourg. 

Adding Colmar to your bucket list is definitely a good idea, and hopefully, these tips have helped you find out about the best things to do in Colmar.


Check out my Alsace itinerary – the best places to see in 3 days.


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