Once upon a time in a land far from home, I hopped on a train with a charming prince and was whisked away from the bustling City of Light to one of the loveliest towns in all the land.
Located in the Alsace region of France, Colmar is known for it’s wine, cuisine, and charming old town that will bring all of your fairy tale dreams to life. It is said to be the inspiration for the “Little Town” in which Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast lived before her “adventure in the great wide somewhere” began.
We stayed in the quaint Hotel Saint-Martin situated in the heart of old town where we could view the leisurely bustle of the town from the window of the intimate lobby.
The hotel was cute and comfy, and it was fun to just relax and people watch, but the sights and sounds of Colmar were beckoning us to come explore so away we went.
Colmar is French, but throughout it’s history it has changed it’s nationality back and forth from French to German, and the German influence is heavily prevalent in the town’s architecture, food, and language.
My favorite way to explore any town is to walk, and Colmar, with it’s cobblestone streets, colorful architecture, and inviting boulangeries provides many wonderful and delicious distractions for visitors and locals alike.
If your wandering feet become weary, you can also take in the sights by cruising along the canals of “Little Venice.”
This is a good way to learn a little bit about the history of Colmar, and see it from a different perspective. Our guide was vey knowledgable and even translated the tour in three languages: French, German, and English.
A visit to Colmar is definitely worth it! The scenic beauty, friendly people, and heavenly cuisine (especially the desserts!) are exactly what fairy tales are made of!