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Step back in time
The city is renowned for its well-preserved old town - remarkable merchants’ homes impress locals and visitors alike. One of the most famous is Pfister House which was built in 1537 for the hatter, Ludwig Scherer, who made his fortune trading in nearby Liepvre. The impressive building boasts richly painted murals, a two-storey corner oriel and a traditional wooden gallery. Pfister House has become an iconic symbol of old-town Colmar and one which will have visitors in awe.
Stroll through the ‘protected sector’
Colmar has a vast pedestrianised area, dubbed the ‘protected sector’, which provides many great opportunities for a stroll. Enjoy the perfectly preserved heritage which spans across the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Little Venice, also part of this area, has become a must-see attraction for tourists and photographers who want to admire the rich history of the area. The majestic St Martin’s Church, with its grand Gothic details, is also something not to be missed during a trip.
More than 1,000 beautiful lights are distributed throughout Colmar which provide a dazzling show all year round. The lights help enhance the precise details of the historic architecture letting visitors see the city from a different perspective. The area is illuminated from nightfall every Friday and Saturday throughout the year, and every evening during major events such as the Regional Alsace Wine Fair and Christmas.
A cornucopia of delicacies
As the gateway to Switzerland and Germany, Colmar Wine Country is the capital of Alsace Wines and a tourist destination in the Alsace wine-growing region. From plains, mountains and slopes, the terrain boasts more than 35 wine-growing communities as well as 30 Grand Crus (a classification for a regional wine). Guests will be charmed with the many local foods available including flambées, flammkuchen and sauerkraut. Other traditional foods can be found in Colmar’s many eateries known as Winstubs. For a special treat why not indulge in the ultimate foodie experience by dining at one of the Michelin-starred restaurants before stopping off into an independent vintner or one of the region’s many winegrowers?