Colmar is one of those villages you’d find in a snow globe, that’s how beautiful and charming it is. The very well preserved historical old town with its cobbled streets is a bit of a time trap, taking you back several hundred of years. Being part of the Alsace Wine Route, it attracts tourists from all over the world, and occasionally it comes quite close to Disneyland – the same curse Venice is currently struggling with. But there are enough quiet streets of the beaten track where you can enjoy an authentic cafe au lait and croissant and just wander the streets, taking in the architecture and immense history this place radiates.
Top tip from my side – breakfast at Au Croissant Doré, a hidden gem run by an old lady where you are welcomed like family and help clear your own dishes once finished. A trip down memory lane.
Worth a visit: the food market hall – the permanent terroir market at Place St Joseph – with its extensive food stands, selling local produce and some of the best local wines. A stunning red brick building build in 1865, right in the middle of Colmar’s little Venice.