What do you get when the equation is Crowds + Charm + Attention to Detail + July + Canals + Flowers Galore + A weekend + Ancient Buildings??? The answer is – Colmar, France. This is breathtaking. It really is a wonderful find on our journey through France. We walked through the town once, for 20 minutes or so, and every time after that, we ran into the same places over and over. In other words, it is very small, tiny, cozy, and compact. But its effect is huge! It is just overwhelming.
Colmar is known for its preserved medieval Old Town and was first mentioned by Charlemagne during the Saxon Wars. It has been occupied by Sweden, the Empire of Germany, and then Nazi Germany during WWII. In 1863, the Colmar Hoard was found, a collection of precious objects hidden in a house’s walls by the Jews during the Black Death.
We greatly enjoyed seeing all of the timbered buildings, the flowers (and flowers, and flowers) everywhere, and the pretty canals that run through the town. In many ways, we were reminded of our travels through small towns in Switzerland several years ago. The food was good and the people friendly, which is all we ask of any new place we haven’t seen before. Colmar is great for a few days if you are ever in eastern France!