Back in October, as part of our Black Forest road trip, we hopped over the border to the Germanic region of France known as Alsace. While now a Fench region, Alsace has alternated between French and German rule over the centuries. The German influence is everywhere in Alsace, as evidenced by the beautiful architecture.
Having read that Colmar was a fairy tale village and only one hour away from where we were staying in Freiburg, I absolutely had to visit.
We arrived, a little after 10 and it was already very busy. We parked in the city centre (Colmar is very small!) and the first point of call was coffee. After a quick google search to find the best in the area, we found a cafe hidden away a small alley with a pink exterior and outside seating. Only one elderly French lady seemed to be working and we had to order in very bad French as she seemed to know very little English. We sat outside and watched the world go past. A man, a little way down the street was playing the accordion and it felt like we were in a romantic movie. Pure bliss.
After fuelling up on caffeine we went for a wander, exploring the winding streets and narrow alleys. Each building offered something new to look at, different colours, paintings and flower displays. We found our way to Little Venice, the most photographed spot in all of Colmar and wandered around the river trying to get the perfect shot. Well – I am a blogger after all!!
After a little explore we opted for fresh pretzels to fill us up – and at one euro each we went back for more! We found a little bench close to the river to stop and have a snack break – doing more people watching as we ate.
There isn’t much to do in Colmar except wander, explore and eat – but it is absolutely worth a visit to see the beautifully colourful buildings and drink coffee outside while a man down the street plays on the accordion. It is a people watching haven – you can get lost in your own imagination in this beautiful French town.
After a morning exploring Colmar, we drove to nearby Eguisheim, a much smaller version of Colmar. Beautiful houses lined the streets with fancy flower displays adorning the facades. After another meander down the houses, taking hundreds of photos we stopped for dessert, which of course is a must when in France.
After getting our sugar fix, we made it back over the border back to Germany, vowing to return again. Perhaps at Christmas when the markets will fill the streets and fairy lights twinkle from every house. Magical.
Have you ever visited Alsace? Any other pretty little towns I need to add to my list?
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