We spent 4.5 wonderful days in the historic town of Colmar at the beginning of our 2 week France trip, with almost no expectations for what we would encounter. I had heard about this colorful town in the Alsace region, filled with half-timber houses, a ‘petite Venice’ canal, and it’s regional food, but had no idea what we would do once we were there. Colmar’s beauty lies in the fact that it came out of WWII relatively unscathed by the bombings and massive destruction in the region, making it truly a place where you can step back in time. We found it amazing that such a beautiful site had such a small tourist presence; although the weekends were busy with visitors making day trips from Strasbourg, at nights and on weekdays the town was clear to explore, gather pictures, and feel like a local, which is always my goal on long trips like these!
By the time we left, we had fallen in love with Colmar, completely in awe of the historic architecture and how walkable it was. While it took us a while to find our groove in the way of Alsatian cuisine, by the time we left we were saying that we can’t wait to come back and explore more tiny towns in this region.