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Colourful Colmar

A July 2004 trip to Colmar by Gaires2359

Walking Route - 1.5-Hour Photo, Colmar, France More Photos
Quote: Located in the Alsace wine region, Colmar is a quaint little town with many charming half-timbered houses. The folksy village so attracted erstwhile Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir, that he decided to re-reate this little town in Bukit Tinggi (40 minutes from Malaysia's capital - Kuala Lumpur), as a holiday resort.

Colourful Colmar

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Overview

Medieval Home Furnishings Photo, Colmar, France
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Located in the Alsace wine region, Colmar is a quaint little town with many charming half-timbered houses. The folksy village so attracted erstwhile Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir that he decided to recreate this little town in Bukit Tinggi (40 minutes from Malaysia's capital-Kuala Lumpur) as a holiday resort. With about 100,000 inhabitants, Colmar is the third largest town in the Alsace region. Located in the northeastern part of France, Colmar is set on a plain between the Vosges mountains and Lauch River. It used to be a bustling port town linked by canal with the nearby Rhine River. Now it is an industrial town dealing in manufacturing of textiles, machinery, and processed foods. It serves a...Read More

Unterlinden Restaurant

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Restaurant

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You can choose to dine al fresco or cozy up inside at the fireplace upstairs. Typical of an Alsatian restaurant with a menu that blends French and German cuisine. To start off your meal, try the tarte a l'oignon (onion tart) which is a savoury pastry/pie that is filled with a custard-like filling that's made with cream and eggs. Or if you prefer, try the quiche lorraine, made with bacon instead of onions. Be sure to try the local speciality of CHOUCROUTE & VIANDES, which is a selection of seasoned meats and sausages including a meaty slab of bacon, a good-size boudin blanc, a veal bratwurst and a smoked pork chop, boiled or grilled served with a heaping mound of choucro...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2004

Unterlinden Restaurant
2 Rue Unterlinden
Colmar, France
(389) 411-873

Bartholdi Museum

Attraction | "Birthplace of Statue of Liberty"

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Frédéric-Auguste BARTHOLDI, August 2, 1834, is the most famous resident here in Colmar. He lived at number 30, Rue de Marchands, or "Street of the Traders." He was known especially by Americans all the world over as the sculpture of their towering landmark at the front of New York harbour. Early models of the sculpture were made out of clay. Then, sheets of copper were laid over wooden moulds based on the clay models and hen-beaten by metal workers into shape. Taking thousands of detailed measurements, the entire project took an estimated 21 years. The face of Lady Liberty was modelled after BARTHOLDI's own mother, with the rest of her body done in the ancient Roman style. Besides the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2004

Bartholdi Museum
30, rue des Marchands
Colmar, France

Walking Route - 1.5-Hour

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Attraction | "1.5-Hour Walking Route: Part 1"

Walking Route - 1.5-Hour Photo, Colmar, France
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Start from Pont St Pierre for a picture perfect postcard view of Petite Venice. This flowery riverbank with weeping willow trees has narrow old boatmen's houses, which have since been converted to cosy and chic little Winstub/Bierstubs offering the Alsatian specialty of chouchroute. Proceed down the stairs on the right and walk along the canal towards Rue de la Poisonnerie, the fishermen's district where they used to peddle their catch of the day. The district opposite the bank of the river was once inhabited by market gardeners who used to sell their vegetables and fruits from barges on the river (very much like Bangkok's water market today). It still retains the original name of KRUTENAU, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2004

Walking Route - 1.5-Hour
Colmar, Alsace
Colmar, France

Walking Route - 1.5-Hour

Attraction | "1.5-Hour Walking Route: Part 2"

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Facing the Maison Pfister, take a right turn towards the Cathedrale. Turn to the cobbled footway towards the Collegiate Church of St. Martin, with its gothic gargoyles and rounded roof tiles that resemble colourful fish scales shimmering in the sunlight. The earliest parts of the chuch date back to 1,000, which is the arch above the doorhas 14 carved figures including aone holding a T-Square, representing the architect who designed this part of the chuch, also called the old town cathedral. Take a look at the scene above the door that depicts St. Nicholas saving the three daughters of a poor man from being sold into lives of dishonour. The interior is not as spectacular as most of its treasures...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2004

Walking Route - 1.5-Hour
Colmar, Alsace
Colmar, France

Tete for Tetes - House of Heads

Attraction | "Tete for Tetes"

Tete for Tetes - House of Heads Photo, Colmar, France
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This is probably the most interesting building here in Colmar. The House of Heads is so named for the 106 grimacing faces and grotesque masks sculpted into its facade. Built in 1609, it was formerly a middle-class residence, but has been converted into a restaurant since 1898. Some of the faces depict the owner's shrewish wife and disagreeable mother-in-law. The gable is designed by Auguste Bartholdi, the Colmar resident famous for creating the Statue of Liberty.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 16, 2004

Tete for Tetes - House of Heads
La Maison des Tetes
Colmar, France

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Musee d'Unterlinden (Museum Under the Linden Trees) begun in the 13th century as a Dominican monastery. It was started by two widows who established it under the lime trees in northern end of Colmar. The pride of the museum is the Issenheim Altarpiece created in the 16th century for St Anthony's Church, a convent hospice near Colmar. Consisting of a large wooden carving that stood in front of a frame constructed so that it could be opened or closed to reveal 12 paintings by Matthias Grunewald depicting scenes from Christ's life and the various saints.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 16, 2004

Unterlinden Museum - Musee d'Unterlinden (Museum Under the Linden Trees)
Rue Unterlinden
Colmar, France