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  • 1 Musée d'Unterlinden Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 r. d'Unterlinden F - 68000 Colmar

    Housed in a 13C Dominican convent, this museum contains works by Grünewald, Schongauer and Isenmann, in particular. Dedicated in part to Rhineland art, it displays impressive collections of paintings, sculptures and minor arts from the late Middle Ag..

  • 2 Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Cathédrale F - 68000 Colmar

    The square containing the old customs post, the Rue des Marchands and the Rue Mercière form the heart of the old town. The old Alsace dwellings are in abundance there, most picturesque with their flower-covered balconies, corbelled turrets, oriel win..

  • 3 Pfister house Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. des Marchands F - 68000 Colmar

    Built in 1537 by a hatter of Besancon, with its painted facades, its glassed angular oriels, its delicately sculpted Gallery that supports some attractively worked corbels; this is a true jewel of Alsace architecture.

  • 4 Little Venice Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. des Tanneurs F - 68000 Colmar

    Following the Rue des Tanneurs which runs alongside the canal and the Tanners quarter, and having crossed a bridge over the River Lauch, you will enter into the Krutenau quarter which used to be a fortified suburb, populated by market gardeners. It h..

  • 5 House of the Arcades Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grand'Rue F - 68000 Colmar

    This very attractive Renaissance house is flanked at the corners by octagonal towers. Further on in the Grand'rue is the Schwendi fountain.

  • 6 Old Customs House (Koifhus) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de l'Ancienne-Douane F - 68000 Colmar

    In this building roofed with varnished tiles, the merchandise subject to communal tax used to be stored in the ground floor of the main building. On the other floor used to sit the representatives of the Decapole, the league of ten free Alsace villag..

  • 7 St Martin's Collegiate Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    22 pl. de la Cathédrale F - 68000 Colmar

    The inhabitants of Colmar call this the «Cathedral of Colmar». It is built of red sandstone and two towers flank its main portal. The St Nicholas Portal signed by « Maestro Humbert » is decorated with the legend of the Saint. Inside an organ chest fr..

  • 8 Maison des Têtes (House of the Heads) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    19 r. des Têtes F - 68000 Colmar

    This large house is a fine example of Renaissance architecture. It has a pointed roof partly hidden by scrolled gables intermingled with pinnacles and countless other decorative details (including more than a hundred sculpted heads on the façade).

  • 9 Krutenau Quarter Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Herse F - 68000 Colmar

    Formerly a fortified town inhabited by market gardeners who travelled around the watercourses on board flat-bottomed boat.

  • 10 Rue de la Poissonnerie Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de la Poissonnerie F - 68000 Colmar

    Flanked by colourful fishermen's houses, it abuts the old Krutenau vegetable market. From there you can get to the San Pierre Bridge following the riverbank of the Lauch, StPeter's bridge ; there is a remarkable viewpoint over Little Venice and old C..

  • 11 Protestant temple of St Matthew

    Religious buildings

    1 pl. du 2-Février F - 68000 Colmar

    This old Franciscan Church (13 and 14 C) has recovered all its harmony thanks to a restoration carried out with taste. Above the right collateral aisle, do not miss the stained-glass window of the Great Crucifixion attributed to Pierre d'Andiau (15 C..

  • 12 The Old Customs House Square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de l'Ancienne-Douane F - 68000 Colmar

    With its many half-timbered houses (including the house of Red Iron) this is one of the most attractive squares in Colmar. It is dominated by the Koiffhus (Old Customs House).

  • 13 Schongau House or House of the Voile

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue des Marchands F - 68000 Colmar

    According to local tradition this 15 C House belong to the family of Martin Schongauer, who lived in the Cygnet House.

  • 14 Adolphe House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Cathédrale F - 68000 Colmar

    Dating from 1315, this house is the oldest in Colmar. In the same square the old guard house for the town (1575) has a magnificent loggia.

  • 15 Dominican Church

    Religious buildings

    pl. des Dominicains F - 68000 Colmar

    This remarkable and surprisingly slender space is lit by 14 C stained-glass windows and above all by the magnificent Virgin in the rose bush (1473), a masterpiece of rare elegance by Martin Schongauer.

  • 16 Tanners' quarter

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du 2-Février F - 68000 Colmar

    The restoration works have done nothing to remove the authenticity of this quarter where the tanners worked up to the 19 C. The half-timbered houses are narrow and high there since the storehouses were needed for drying out of the skins.

  • 17 House of the Knights of St John

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue St-Jean F - 68000 Colmar

    Decorated with two overlapping galleries dating from 1608, it brings to mind a Venetian palazzo

  • 18 Roesselmann fountain

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Six-Montagnes-Noires F - 68000 Colmar

    By the Colmar sculptor Bartholdi, it evokes the memory of another inhabitant of Colmar Roesselmann, son of a Tanner who was mayor of the town in the 13 C to the great prejudice of the local nobles and of the Bishop. The future Emperor Rudolf of Hapsb..

  • 19 Fruit market square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Marché-aux-Fruits F - 68000 Colmar

    This is bordered by the Renaissance Kern house and by the red sandstone classical facade of the civil court.

  • 20 Bartholdi Museum

    Museums and art

    30 r. des Marchands F - 68000 Colmar

    This is the lower part of the birthplace of Auguste Bartholdi (1834 - 1904) that has been converted into a museum of local history. On the floor above the life and works of the creator of the Lion of Belfort, of Vercingetorix of Clermont and of the S..

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