Colmar town guide
In north eastern France between Munster and the German Border visitors to this region will find many German influences. Colmar has lovely brightly coloured timbered houses built in the Alsace etyle. There is an attractive canal quarter which unsurprisingly is called Petite Venise. Walk through this area and imagine the merchants of the sixteenth century loading and unloading their wares including, of course, the Alsace wines.
Colmar is one of the stopping points on the Alsace Route de Vin, this runs from Marlenheim to Thann and is a must for those who enthuse about the soft white wines of this area. It is easy, using your hire car, to visit some of the Grand Cru vineyards.
The famous Issenheim Altarpiece can be found in the town's Dominican Monastry which houses the Musee d'Unterlinden and is well worth a look.
There is a wide variety of Museums in this area, some of general interest like Maison des Tetes with its gargoyle like images and some of more specialist interest like Musee de Jouets (toy museum) and the Musee Bartholdi which celebrates the life and work of the Colmar born sculptor and architect who was responsible for the Statue of Liberty.
If you use your hire car to visit Mulhouse a few miles away you can see both a superb motor museum and the French National Railway Museum.