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Great Reasons to Visit Colmar

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A May 2009 trip to Colmar by phileasfogg

The Cour DAppel Photo, Colmar, France More Photos
Quote: Charles the Fat held a diet in Colmar in 884 AD.That, punny as it is, was reason enough for us to visit! And Colmar, a very convenient day trip from Strasbourg, with its leafy parks, canals, pretty half-timbered houses, old statues and magnificent buildings was worth it.
Fontaine Roesselmann Photo, Colmar, France
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Perhaps Colmar’s biggest claim to fame is that it was the birthplace and home of the sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the man who designed the Statue of Liberty.Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was born in Colmar in 1834, and became a student of Ary Scheffer at a fairly young age. Bartholdi came into the limelight early enough: in 1855, at the age of twenty-one, he designed a statue of General Rapp. Bartholdi died in Paris in 1904, but he lives on in Colmar’s collective memory. The city is home to a Bartholdi Museum, and all across, in parks and squares, are statues that he created.We didn’t have the time to visit the Bartholdi Museum (which is off Rue des Marchands), but a stroll through Colm...Read More

Unterlinden Museum - Musee d'Unterlinden (Museum Under the Linden Trees)

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Attraction | "The Isenheim Altarpiece - and more"

Unterlinden Museum - Musee d'Unterlinden (Museum Under the Linden Trees) Photo, Colmar, France
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I’d read somewhere that Colmar’s Musée d’Unterlinden was France’s most visited museum after the legendary Louvre. I’ve been to the Louvre and I’ve seen its crowds; the Musée d’Unterlinden, by contrast, was quiet and peaceful. We had the galleries more or less to ourselves, and except for a brief bit of shuffling around to accommodate other visitors in front of the museum’s main highlight, the Isenheim Altarpiece, we were un-pushed and un-jostled.The Musée d’Unterlinden is named for the 13th century Dominican convent of Unterlinden (`under the linden trees’), the building of which today houses the museum. The museum’s been around since 1853 and has a large collection of art and artefacts ranging fro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2009

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

Restaurant Unterlinden

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Restaurant | "The Best flammekueche in Alsace!"

Restaurant Unterlinden Photo, Colmar, France
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We’d had a big breakfast before we’d set out from Strasbourg for our day trip to Colmar. And Colmar, by the time we emerged from the Musée d’Unterlinden, was boiling hot. It was already well past lunchtime, and though we were hungry, we wanted something light. The idea of a meat-laden Alsatian meal wasn’t precisely appealing.Serendipity, fortunately, is something we often find ourselves blessed with; and it happened again. Right across from the museum, at 2 Rue Unterlinden, we found an attractive winstub called (what else?!) Unterlinden. This is a picturesque little building painted a pale yellow, with light greenish-blue shutters on the windows and a smattering of stained glass. What I liked parti...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 17, 2009

Restaurant Unterlinden
2, Rue Unterlinden
Colmar, France

Eglise des Dominicains

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Attraction | "Home to the `Virgin of the Rosebush'"

Statue outside the Dominican church Photo, Colmar, France
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Among Colmar’s most illustrious sons—including, of course, the famous Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi—is the 15th century engraver Martin Schongauer. Schongauer’s family hailed from Germany, but Martin himself was born in Colmar sometime in the mid 1400’s, and it was at Colmar that he created some of his best works as a printer, engraver and painter. During his lifetime (he died in Colmar, in 1488) Schongauer made a vast number of works, most of them religious engravings in a style often recognisable in the work of the later, better-known German engraver Albrecht Dürer. The Musée d’Unterlinden has some of Schongauer’s work, but most of the tourist literature we’d read seemed unanimous in the opinion that o...Read More

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Saint Martin's Collegiate Church

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Attraction | "Stained Glass and Carved Wood"

Saint Martin's Collegiate Church Photo, Colmar, France
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We happened upon the Collegiate Church of St Martin—the Collégiale Saint-Martin—almost by accident. We’d finished seeing the Musée d’Unterlinden, we’d had lunch and even visited the disappointing Dominican Church, when, near Place de la Cathedrale, we came across this lovely old church.I must admit that what really attracted me to the Collégiale Saint-Martin was its exterior: all golden and grey stone, flying buttresses and tall windows, beautiful but not overwhelmingly ornate. And the sloping roofs beside the spire were delightfully quaint, with two slopes. The lower slope, tiled in a deep green, had a pattern picked out in diamonds of brown tile. The upper slope was the reverse: brown tile...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2009

Saint Martin's Collegiate Church
Place de la Cathedrale
Colmar, France