"Home of Miss Liberty" Colmar by rexvaughan

Colmar Travel Guide: 309 reviews and 951 photos

"Preserved City"

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.

Half Timbered Beauty

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.

Great Museums

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 and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of local color and great small museums
  • Cons:Can't get there often enough
  • In a nutshell:Cosy, Lovely and Scenic
  • Last visit to Colmar: Jun 1998
  • Intro Updated Jun 5, 2004
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  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2009 at 10:22 PM

    That's odd they don;pt have a statuette of Liberty ... but truly a wonderful place to visit and that painting Madonna of the Rose Bower looks awesome! Norman :)

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2009 at 6:57 AM

    What an interesting page Rex, thanks! Very enjoyable :)

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2006 at 1:57 AM

    Wonderful page, Rex! I love your off the beaten path tip!!! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2006 at 11:49 AM

    What an interesting and informative group of pages on Colmar. I learned so much about a place I was previously "in the dark" about. Your narratives are excellent and the accompanying photos are vibrant.

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2006 at 12:28 AM

    Your Colmar page took me back many years to our own (too brief) visit. Very enjoyable, thank you Rex.

  • Sue08080's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2006 at 9:02 AM

    Great tips, Rex. I didn't know that there is a Bartholdi fountain in Philly. I'll have to check it out. Thank you!

  • veragaona's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2006 at 11:07 AM

    Hi, anyone know how can i contact to St. Martin Church?. Im writting a book and i need the permissión to public some images.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2005 at 11:18 AM

    great page rex!

  • CALSF's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2005 at 9:02 PM

    Hi Rex, I enjoyed your Colmar page alot. I am seriously considering a visit this summer and your tips help alot. Thanks for sharing them and also your beautiful photos! ~Cheryl~

  • annk's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2005 at 6:08 AM

    Excellent page and details! We based out of Colmar while visiting the Alsace region. A wonderful city.

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