I had the pleasure to have a wonderful experience in Colmar France (located in the Alsace region of north-eastern France). My sis-in-law treated me to a day of charming villages, that is a must share and why it should be on your Places to Go list.
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Want to know what an ultimate win looks like after the most gnarly and long-winded thruple divorce? What does that mean, you say?
Let me take you to a land far, far away to a village that has survived a tale as old as time. What looks to be the set from Beauty and the Beast, is a small provincial town that isn’t a fairy tale. It is here, in the Alsace region of France, where the ultimate win is found.
After a custody battle that lasted for 150 years + There are remaining villages that have been spared from the French Revolution, WW1 and WW2. The village Colmar and her siblings (Strasbourg, Riqeuwihr, Hunawihr and Ribeauville) still stand after toggling back and forth between Germany and France. Somewhere in between the throws of war, the Swiss got involved, making it a threefold. In the end, France triumphs and claims all for their own.
It’s pretty much the worst and lengthy divorce custody battle ever, with the likes of needing therapy. BUT Colmar and her siblings said, “No Thanks” or maybe something like “Nein Merci” (they have their own language – Alsatian).
Like the fine wine that she is. Colmar and her siblings came out winning in every aspect. Now, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and in the heart of Alsace wine country. Colmar and her siblings are living their most best, colorful and thriving lives.
Top 15 Reasons Why to Visit Colmar, France
in no particular order….
1) It’s the most beautiful areas in all the lands. Okay, okay. It’s ONE of the most beautiful places. It’s a picturesque, fairyland, castles on mountain tops, wine region, artsy, a survivor of wars, a medieval town turned Renaissance, turned Disney’s Beauty in the Beast Belle’s provincial hometown, that’s filled with half-timbered houses on uneven cobblestones with overflowing flower pots kind of town. That must be experienced first hand.
2) It provides the perfect (surprise) birthday, anniversary, getaway, friends, extra trip. Whether it’s for a few days or a full day outing. It’s easily accessible by train from Paris, France, Freiburg, Germany or Basel, Switzerland. Making it a winning destination to visit 2 neighboring countries with ease (but sorry no passport stamp).
3) You’re a wino and you are deep in wine country. This area is known for their Muscat, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. Pinot Noir is the region’s sole red. And if you’re down to switch it up with beer. The Les 3 Singes (The 3 Monkeys) is the local flavor and the craft beer is Brasserie St. Cru.
4) Because you’re a maniac and want to test your wine tasting and bicycle skills. One can rent a bicycle and go to the neighboring villages (Riquewihr, Hunawihr, and Ribeauville). They are connected by a path, called the Alsace Wine Route. Good luck.
5) You are a history buff and want to walk through time. Check out for Heritage and History.
6) You want to beat the crowd and enjoy it before it becomes known as The Most Colorful Instagrammable Villages. “Yay, Influencers and their Instagram husbands are here.” Said no-one ever. No offense, but I’ve been stuck in-lines many times behind them, waiting for 20+ photos to be taken AND then wait again for the photos to go through the approval process (I can’t roll my eyes long enough).
7) For the artist in you. This area celebrates and showcases years of human creativity. Colmar is a haven for Rhenish Art. Frederic- Auguste Bartholdi. Who is that you ask? He’s the artist behind USA’s Lady Liberty; the Statue of Liberty. This is his home town and there’s a 3 story museum dedicated to him. There’s also theaters, live music, and galleries to enjoy as well.
8) You love artisanal everything. And enjoy trying local foods, drinks and admire local artists for their individual expertise.
9) The stork is your spirit animal. Storks are the official mascot of Colmar. They are everywhere, here. Not just flying around, and resting in their nests. You will see signs painted with storks, stork trinkets and stork monuments. All the storks! That’s a word, if you say or type many times, it starts to sound weirdly aggressive.
10) You are a foodie. Or you just love food. There are so many opportunities to eat cheeses, pastries, pretzels, chocolate, bread…. all the good noms. Love a good meal? Like, Michelin-starred good? Jean-Yves Schillinger on the river is my personal favorite. There are about 25 Michelin starred restaurants in the region. Check them all out here.
11) Because you are a polyglot (& have mad skills) and want to learn Alsatian.
12) You’re loyal to AirBnB and want to stay in one of the many half-timbered houses. No Marriott and Hiltons around here.
13) You are crazy curious about the architecture and the reasoning behind the colors. Semi-spoiler alert. I decode the coloring below. BUT I leave out the history of the architecture. To find that out, you’ll just have to visit.
14) Festivus for the rest of us. Love Festivals? Colmar is no stranger to hosting them year round. Wine Festival is held in July and August. Also in July, there’s the Colmar International Festival. In the springtime, the area is dominated with markets for Easter. But they are best known for their Christmas markets in November and December. Which is the most popular and requires far out in advanced bookings if you’re planning to stay in the area.
15) And lastly, these villages who have proven to be around for centuries. The chance to go, will not be.
Spoiler Alert: Avert your eyes if you wish not to know the coloring reasons below.
Why so colorful? Back in the day, the color of a house represents the family occupation.
- Blue for Fisherman
- Yellow of Bakers
- Green for Farmers
- White or Tan for Tanners (coloring animal hides)
- Red for Butcher
- The back of the houses were painted white or red for their religion.
- Last fun fact of the coloring: In recent ruling, the houses cannot be the same color as its’ neighbor.