"Home of Miss Liberty" Colmar by rexvaughan
Colmar Travel Guide: 309 reviews and 951 photos
This little city has suffered with the whole of Alsace as the Germans and the French have both claimed the province several times. However, its beauty caused the Allied Forces to avoid bombing it during WWII. Colmar is home to a very famous man whose name is usually not recognized. Do you know who Frederic Auguste Bartholdi is? He is the creator of the Statue of Liberty as well as the fountain to the right. It is in the large park, Champ de Mars, and features Admiral Bruet, a local hero who was commander of the fleet during the Crimean War. That is him on the pedestal, not the clown standing in front.
These houses lining the smalll canal are part of what is known as La Petite Venice. It is not far from the Tanners Quarter and they are some of the lovliest and most romantic areas of the city. It is a popular tourist area but most clear out in the evenings.
Behind this lovely plaza is the Unterlinden Museum. The museum is housed in a 13th Century former Dominican convent and houses a pretty extensive and eclectic collection including works by Schongauer and Gruenwald. The highlight is Gruenwald's Isenheim Altarpiece.
- Pros:Lots of local color and great small museums
- Cons:Can't get there often enough
- In a nutshell:Cosy, Lovely and Scenic
This is a relatively small but world class museum with a wide range of exhibits from Roman times, paintings and wine... more travel advice
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