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Ophorus Tours - Colmar

Alsace

Colmar

Explore charming Colmar, gateway to the Alsace region. Embark on private or shared wine tours, traversing the scenic Alsace Wine Route amidst rolling vineyards. We offer half & full-day options to suit your pace. Looking for more? Explore Colmar's history on our walking tours or immerse yourself in festive cheer with our Christmas market tours (winter season only).

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Learn more about Colmar

Colmar: Fairytale charm, wine wonders, and unforgettable adventures Unwind in a Land of Candy-Colored Houses and Renowned Wines Colmar, nestled in the heart of Alsace, France, is a dream come true for travelers seeking a charming escape. Imagine strolling along cobbled streets lined with colorful half-timbered houses, and don't forget the picturesque canals – perfect for a romantic boat ride. This guide unlocks the magic of Colmar, ensuring an unforgettable adventure. Planning Your Colmar Getaway Getting There: Colmar is easily accessible by air (Strasbourg Entzheim Airport), train (connections from major cities), or car (A35 and A36 motorways). Where to Stay: Immerse yourself in history ...

Colmar: Fairytale charm, wine wonders, and unforgettable adventures

Unwind in a Land of Candy-Colored Houses and Renowned Wines

Colmar, nestled in the heart of Alsace, France, is a dream come true for travelers seeking a charming escape. Imagine strolling along cobbled streets lined with colorful half-timbered houses, and don't forget the picturesque canals – perfect for a romantic boat ride. This guide unlocks the magic of Colmar, ensuring an unforgettable adventure.

Planning Your Colmar Getaway

Getting There: Colmar is easily accessible by air (Strasbourg Entzheim Airport), train (connections from major cities), or car (A35 and A36 motorways).

Where to Stay: Immerse yourself in history at charming hotels or cozy B&Bs. Opt for privacy with vacation rentals.

Ideal Visit: Spring or fall offers pleasant weather and manageable crowds, especially for wine tours.

Unforgettable Experiences

Explore the Historic Center: Wander the enchanting streets, admiring the timbered houses, quaint shops, and hidden courtyards.

Discover Little Venice: Take a scenic boat tour along the canals, capturing reflections of the colorful houses.

Unveil Art History: Immerse yourself in masterpieces like the Isenheim Altarpiece at the Unterlinden Museum.

Foodie Delights: Savor local specialties like tarte flambée and baeckeoffe, then indulge in Alsatian wines at shops or wineries.

Wine Tours & Tastings: Embark on guided tours through renowned vineyards, meet passionate winemakers, and savor world-class Alsatian wines like Riesling and Gewürztraminer.

Christmas Magic (seasonal): Immerse yourself in the festive spirit with special Christmas market tours, showcasing the town adorned in holiday cheer.

Beyond Colmar's Borders

Day Trips: Explore charming villages like Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, or venture further to the majestic Vosges Mountains, famed for Munster cheese and scenic drives.

Guided Tours: Explore Colmar and the surrounding areas at your own pace with private tours, or join small group tours for a more social experience. Choose from wine tours that will take you on the Route des Vins d'Alsace, historical tours, or a combination of both.

Foodie Paradise

Colmar offers a delightful culinary scene, from Michelin-starred restaurants to cozy brasseries. Savor French cuisine, traditional Alsatian dishes, or classic brasserie fare with a local twist. Don't miss the delectable pastries at charming patisseries.
Travel Tips

Shoulder Seasons: Experience Colmar's magic without the peak-season crowds in April-May and September-October.

Book Early: Secure your preferred accommodation, especially during peak season.

Comfortable Shoes: Explore Colmar's streets and canals on foot.

Basic French: A few basic phrases will enhance your interactions with locals.

City Pass: Save on attractions and transportation with the Colmar City Pass.

Embrace the Magic of Colmar

Colmar captivates with its fairytale charm, rich history, and exquisite wines. This guide empowers you to create an unforgettable experience, whether you seek romance, cultural immersion, or simply an escape to a captivating French town. Book your Colmar adventure today!

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FAQ

  • How do you get from Paris to Colmar?

    Colmar is located at about 500 kilometers (310 miles) from Paris. You can of course rent a car in Paris and reach Colmar by highway. Most travelers opt for the train as there is a TGV fast train that links Paris to the Alsace region of France. In fact, there are 3 direct trains that will take you from Paris to Colmar without having to change trains. The fastest possible option will have you travel 2h20 minutes only, making Colmar easily accessible by train from Paris.
  • What to do in Colmar France?

    Colmar, located in the picturesque Alsace region of France, is a captivating town known for its fairytale charm, colorful half-timbered houses, and rich cultural heritage. If you're planning a visit to Colmar, you'll be delighted by the array of attractions and activities that await you. Let's explore the top things to do in Colmar and make the most of your visit to this enchanting Alsatian gem. Stroll through the Quaint Old Town: Begin your Colmar adventure by wandering through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the picturesque canals, charming squares, and vibrant flower displays. Explore the cobbled streets lined with colorful half-timbered houses, and don't miss the iconic landmarks such as the Maison des Têtes and the enchanting Little Venice district. Visit the Unterlinden Museum: Immerse yourself in art and history at the Unterlinden Museum, housed in a former convent. Marvel at the magnificent Isenheim Altarpiece, a masterpiece by Matthias Grünewald. Explore the museum's diverse collection, spanning from medieval to contemporary art, and gain insights into the region's rich cultural heritage. Discover Bartholdi Museum: Step into the world of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the famous sculptor who designed the Statue of Liberty. The Bartholdi Museum showcases his life, works, and creative process. Explore the museum's exhibits and learn about the fascinating story behind one of the world's most iconic symbols of freedom. Indulge in Alsatian Cuisine: Colmar is a culinary paradise, renowned for its delicious Alsatian cuisine. Treat your taste buds to traditional dishes like tarte flambée (thin pizza-like pie), choucroute (sauerkraut), and delectable pastries. Visit local restaurants, charming cafes, and street markets to savor the flavors of the region and pair your meal with a glass of Alsatian wine. Explore the Wine Route: Embark on a scenic journey along the Alsace Wine Route, which passes through Colmar. Discover charming vineyards, wineries, and picturesque villages renowned for their winemaking traditions. Take a wine tasting tour, learn about the region's grape varieties, and indulge in the flavors of Alsatian wines. Colmar, France, offers a wealth of attractions and activities that will enchant visitors seeking fairytale charm and cultural delights. From exploring the Old Town's canals and half-timbered houses to immersing yourself in art at the Unterlinden Museum and learning about the iconic sculptor at the Bartholdi Museum, Colmar
  • Should I stay in Colmar or Strasbourg?

    This is a recurring question for those of you that wish to visit the Alsace region of France. In fact both destinations make for a great starting point for Sightseeing & Wine Tours and we offer day trips and wine tours out of both Colmar and Strasbourg. So the main difference is that Colmar is a small town set more or less in the middle of the Alsace Wine Region. Strasbourg is a regional capital, home to the European Parliament. Here, you will have more choices when it comes to hotels, restaurants and things to do in town. Your choice will therefore depend on what type of activities or ambiance you are looking for when in town.
  • Is Colmar ideal for Wine Lovers

    Yes, absolutely. If you love wine and especially white wines, Colmar makes for a perfect destination to visit & wine taste in some of the best wineries of the Alsace region. The varietal white wines produced in this part of the Alsace region are made with famous grape varieties such as Riesling, Sylvaner, Muscat, Pinot Gris or gewurztraminer.
  • Where is Colmar France?

    Nestled in the heart of the Alsace region in northeastern France, Colmar is a charming town that seems straight out of a fairytale. With its picturesque canals, colorful half-timbered houses, and rich cultural heritage, Colmar captivates visitors from around the world. Let's explore the allure of Colmar and uncover its location, attractions, and cultural treasures. The Location and Geography of Colmar: Colmar is situated in the Alsace region of France, near the borders of Germany and Switzerland. Surrounded by rolling vineyards, lush countryside, and the Vosges Mountains in the distance, Colmar offers a scenic backdrop that enhances its enchanting atmosphere. Exploring Colmar's Architectural Delights: Colmar's architectural beauty is a major draw for visitors. The town's well-preserved historic center, known as the "Little Venice," features canals lined with colorful houses and charming bridges. Wander through the cobblestone streets and marvel at the stunning Renaissance and Gothic architecture, including the Maison des Têtes and the majestic Saint Martin's Church. Immersing in Colmar's Cultural Heritage: Colmar boasts a rich cultural heritage that can be experienced in its museums and landmarks. The Unterlinden Museum, housed in a former 13th-century Dominican convent, is renowned for its impressive art collection, including the famous Isenheim Altarpiece. Explore the Bartholdi Museum, dedicated to the renowned sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, who created the Statue of Liberty. Colmar's Gastronomic Delights: The Alsace region is celebrated for its culinary traditions, and Colmar is no exception. Indulge in the delights of Alsatian cuisine, characterized by dishes like choucroute (sauerkraut), tarte flambée (thin pizza-like pie), and delectable local wines. Explore the vibrant local markets and cozy restaurants to savor the flavors of the region. Colmar, France, located in the scenic Alsace region, is a captivating destination that enchants visitors with its fairytale-like charm. With its picturesque canals, colorful houses, and rich cultural heritage, Colmar is a treasure trove of beauty and history. Explore its architectural gems, immerse yourself in its cultural offerings, and delight in the culinary delights of the region. Discover the allure of Colmar and create memories that will last a lifetime.
  • What is the most popular Alsace wine tour from Colmar?

    The most popular Alsace wine tour from Colmar is our small group Alsace wine tour shared full day trip from Colmar that will have you visit 3 wineries during the day.
  • Do you offer day trips from Colmar that do not include wine?

    Yes, absolutely! Our half day trips in Alsace will have you visit charming villages and towns as well as the mightly Haut Koenigsbourg castle. If you do wish to taste some wines then that will be possible but on your own.
  • As an Alsace Destination Specialist, what are some tips you think are useful?

    As a local operator of tours, activities & day trips from Colmar for more than 10 years now, we certainly have some very helpful tips that we would love to share with you. 1. As a charming small town of France, Colmar is certainly a perfect destination if you want to speak with locals and learn about Alsace culture and traditions. Even though at first Alsatians can seem to be a bit mistrustful or suspicious, making a few efforts in French and letting them know about where you come from and your visits in the region will should brake the ice.

Reviews from our Colmar trips

  • Tracy Cummings

    30, May 2024

    Wow-see-wow-sa! What an awesome tour. Myriam is very knowledgeable about wine and perhaps one of the most important parts about wine in Alsace: the incredibly...
  • Richard M.

    21, May 2024

    Thank you for a very nice day in the Alsace region of France. We learned a lot from our guide, Jerome is very personable and was a pleasure to have as...
  • Anna Vancea

    19, May 2024

    We had a wonderful day with Myriam from Ophorus tours. She was extremely knowledgeable about the Alsace Region and wines. She was very friendly and made...
  • Suzanne Wright

    14, May 2024

    We went to three wineries and two pretty historic villages on this full day tour. Our guide, Myriam, was extremely helpful, friendly and knowledgable....
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