The medieval magnificent of Colmar conjures imagery of a model village untouched by time and modernisation; timbered houses cover cobbled streets and rub shoulders with fine ecclesiastical examples. A shimmering spectrum of colour is displayed upon the facades of Colmar’s beautiful buildings, wonderfully enhanced by the gentle canal and the ethereal light of a sun set. Colmar is a town of magic; a visual banquet of seemingly edible architecture reminiscent of myths and fairytales. The astounding array of attractions could never be completed in a day, travellers need at least a week to fully enjoy the ethereal elegance of this superb city.
One of Colmar’s most weird and wonderful attractions is the renowned House of Heads, a Gothic masterpiece dating back to the German renaissance. Upon the rich, maroon façade resides over 106 heads and grotesque masks, all pulling an astounding array of facial expressions ranging from happiness to horror.
An unexpected landmark is the Statue of Liberty, an alluring attraction visitors usually only find in New York. The 12 meter high replica was constructed in honour of Auguste Batholdi, the original statue’s sculptor who was born in Colmar, and offers a surprising piece of historical heritage.
Housed in the turreted architectural tapestry of an ancient monastery, the incredible collection at the Musee Unterlinden has made it one of France’s most revered museums. The artistic assortment has an incredible historical breadth and features pieces from the middle Ages and Renaissance periods; the museums most celebrated artefact is undoubtedly the Issenheim Altarpiece, a master piece of Gothic art composed of pristine painted panels and sinuous sculptures.
Housed in a wood panelled wonder comprising traditional architecture and magnificent painted murals, the Restaurante Hammerer specialises in local delicacies and locally sourced produce. Enjoy a robust bottle of rich red wine before tucking into tender meat cuts and freshly flambéed tarts. (3 Place Haslinger, 68000 Colmar)