When visiting the vineyards of Alsace or taking a ski holiday in the Vosges, a stop in the pretty town of Colmar is a must, thanks to its unique charm. Les Collectionneurs offer a selection of charming hotels and restaurants to perfect your escape.
Though the historic centre of Colmar exudes a cosy atmosphere in winter, the banks of the river Lauch crisscrossed by its many canals make an equally enjoyable summer stroll. This beautiful Alsatian town is a joy to explore at any time of year. Easily accessed by train from Paris or Lyon, Colmar is also served by two international airports - Strasbourg-Entzheim and Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.
Before arriving in Colmar, travellers will have a clear picture in mind of an old town with a picturesque village feel, with narrow cobbled streets and typical half-timbered houses. The old town does indeed embody this mediaeval spirit with unmatchable charm. The Cathedral of Saint Martin is surrounded by unmissable landmarks such as the impressive house of Pfister dating to 1537, the Koifhus, the house of the Great Masters of the German Renaissance and the Dominican church. The beating heart of the cultural life of Colmar is to be found at the centre of this labyrinth of cobbled streets. The Unterlinden Museum houses, among other things, the Issenheim Altarpiece, a jewel of late Gothic style. The Bartholdi Museum is dedicated to the creator of the Statue of Liberty. The Hansi village, which pays homage to the famous illustrator and cartoonist, presents a vision of Alsace in a playful setting. A great place to stop for a family holiday.
At the beginning of the 20th Century art nouveau buildings began to appear, including the Boeschlin villa and the "maison aux raisins" to the south of the old town centre. Not far away is Little Venice, between the market and the Quai de la Poissonnerie. This iconic district best visited by boat is studded with flower-bedecked mediaeval buildings housing pastry shops and traditional little wine bars, "winstubs". This Alsacian town is also renowned for its gastronomic offerings. At Christmas and New Year culinary traditions such as mulled wine perfumed with orange, or cinnamon-flavoured "bredele" are the pride of the Christmas markets.
When visiting Colmar travellers will enjoy the pleasure of spending a night or two in a charming hotel in keeping with the beauty of the town. The establishments selected by les Collectionneurs offer a sophisticated welcome to their guests whether for a family holiday or a break with friends. The spacious rooms and suites provide every modern comfort. Whilst the top quality bedding and the bathroom with a shower or spa bath ensure a feeling of wellness, these beautiful establishments also offer personalised services. So for a romantic break, couples will be delighted to stay in a superior double room with four-poster bed before taking breakfast in the heart of Colmar.
To help travellers plan their stay, the Colmar hotels offered by Les Collectionneurs offer a variety of services. While the air-conditioned rooms all offer a wifi connection and cable television, guests also have room service and dry cleaning services at their disposal. Online booking is possible for all of these establishments on the les Collectionneurs website.
Though the town of Colmar is a fabulous destination for a romantic weekend as much as for a family break, the surrounding area is also worth a detour. For example, for a break with friends, Colmar would be the start point for an excursion along the famous Alsace Wine Route where riesling, Gewurztraminer and other great grapes will delight wine lovers. The vineyards are surrounded by charming spots listed among the most beautiful villages of France such as Riquewihr and Eguisheim. In winter, stroll around the legendary Christmas Market in Strasbourg, the oldest one in Europe - it's a must! On the opposite side of the Rhine, lovers of the outdoors will revel in the mystery of the Black Forest.
Further to the West, the Ballons des Vosges nature reserve is a landscape of expanses of fir trees. In winter, it is possible to ski around Gérardmer, a charming fortified town on the shores of a lake. To make the most of this pretty region, travellers can book a hotel in the Grand Est, anywhere from Colmar to Mulhouse via Obernai. To recharge the batteries, what better than to land in a spa hotel and enjoy the pleasures of a heated indoor pool and wellness area.
Generous and authentic, the reputation of Alsatian gastronomy precedes it. The traditional flammekueche, the coq au vin blanc d'Alsace or the kouglof with grapes are among the recipes rooted in the culture. Alsatian cuisine is nourished by the treasures of its land, with river fish, wild mushrooms and cheeses, not to forget its spices. Like alchemists, Alsatian restaurateurs blend these local products into a sublime fusion of flavours. It is this lively and sincere gastronomy that the chefs of the restaurants selected by les Collectionneurs offer to travellers during a gourmet break.
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