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One Day in Colmar: Best Things to Do, Where to Eat & Where to Stay

Julie Last updated: February 6, 2024 France 7 Comments

Colmar France Travel Guide

Colmar is a picture-perfect town located in the Alsace region of France. This small town, with its colorful, half-timbered houses, overflowing flower pots, and bustling street cafes, looks like it has been plucked right out of a fairy tale. With one day in Colmar, you have just enough time to explore the scenic streets, dine on Alsatian food, go wine tasting, and even explore a museum or two.

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An Overview of Colmar

Colmar is located in eastern France, not far from the border with Germany. The Alsace has changed hands several times between France and Germany and the architecture and the food reflect that. Alsatian food is a wonderful blend of German and French cuisine, with spaetzle, foie gras, tarte flambee, and baeckeoffe all making their way onto the local menus.

Colmar is one of over seventy towns located on the Alsatian Wine Route. It is also called the “capital of Alsatian wine.”

With its handy train station, it is easy to get here from Paris, Zurich, Strasbourg, and Basel. If you plan to visit the nearby Alsatian towns, Colmar is great city to make your home base.

One Day in Colmar Itinerary

Colmar is small town and the list of must-see sites is low. This is the kind of place where the best thing to do is to wander the city streets without a set itinerary. Instead of listing an hour by hour itinerary, here is a list of the best things to do in Colmar, along with restaurant recommendations.

Best Things to Do in Colmar

Little venice.

The Lauch River flows through the center of Colmar. Along this river, colorful houses and buildings line the riverbank, creating the gorgeous scenes you see in so many photos of Colmar. You can simply stroll along the river and enjoy the view or take a short cruise down the river.

Little Venice Colmar | One Day in Colmar

Little Venice | One Day in Colmar Itinerary

The Fisherman’s Quay (Quai de la Poissonnerie)

Located in Little Venice, this is where fishermen once lived and worked. It is located along the Lauch River and it is one of the most photogenic streets in Colmar.

Best Things to do in Colmar

Quai de la Poissonnerie | One Day in Colmar Itinerary

Wander through the Old Town

Wander the streets of the Old Town, just a very short walk from Little Venice. Explore the cobblestoned streets and take a break in one of many cafes lining the streets. As you walk through the Old Town, there are a few notable buildings to visit.

Visiting Colmar | One Day in Colmar

Another view of Little Venice | One Day in Colmar Itinerary

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Pfister House

The Pfister House is a historic merchant house that dates back to the 16th century. It is famous for its long wooden gallery and murals.

Pfister Building

Pfister House | One Day in Colmar Itinerary

Customs House (Koifhus)

Located near the center of the Old Town, this 15th-century Gothic-style building now houses shops and restaurants and hosts cultural events.

House of Heads

The House of Heads was built in the 17th century and it is adorned with 111 sculptures of heads.

House of Heads | One Day in Colmar

House of Heads | One Day in Colmar Itinerary

St. Martin’s Church

Dominating the center of the Old Town is St. Martin’s Church, a Roman Catholic church that dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries.

St Martins Church

St. Martin’s Church | One Day in Colmar Itinerary

Covered Market Hall

Filled with small shops selling produce, cheese, pastries, meat, and fish, this is a great place to put together a picnic lunch.

Colmar Covered Market | One Day in Colmar

Unterlinden Museum

This museum, housed in a Dominican convent, features artwork from medieval to contemporary times. The highlight is the Isenheim Alterpiece, an alter piece that was sculpted and painted between 1512 – 1516.

Alsatian Food

Alsatian food is a blend of French and German food. Here are some things you will find on the menu.

Baeckeoffe. Potatoes, vegetables, pork, lamb, and beef are slow cooked all day in a white wine sauce.

Tarte Flambee (Flammekueche). This is similar to pizza. Thin dough is topped with crème fraiche, fromage blanc, onions and bacons and then baked to perfection.

Coq au Riesling. Chicken, garlic, and onions are cooked in a Riesling cream sauce.

You will also see foie gras, choucroute (a local variety of sauerkraut), white asparagus, and cordon bleu on the menu.

Overview of Alsatian Wine

Most of the wine that comes from the Alsace region is white wine. The predominant grapes are riesling, gewurtztraminer, pinot gris, and muscat. Only a small amount of pinot noir is grown. Unlike the rest of France, Alsace wines are labelled according to the grape varieties rather than by where they grow.

In winstubs (wine bars) throughout Colmar and the Alsace, you can dine on tarte flambee and sample Alsatian wine.

Where to Eat in Colmar

Les Délices des Tanneurs. Every morning I visited this charming little shop and bought fresh pastries and bread for breakfast. Yum! It is located at 8 Rue des Tanneurs in the Old Town.

Biscuiterie Colmar | One Day in Colmar

Restaurant La Soi. Dine on the best tarte flambee in Colmar in this tiny restaurant. The only thing on the menu is tarte flambee and they do it very well. This makes a great lunch spot and it’s perfect if you want a delicious meal without spending a lot of money.

La Soi

Bistrot Gourmand. Featuring Alsatian food at reasonable prices, this a nice spot to go for lunch.

Le Cercle des Aromes. This is one of the highest rated wine bars in Colmar. If you want to learn more about Alsatian wines this is a great spot to visit while in town.

Restaurant JY’s. Dine on French food at this two-star Michelin restaurant. It is located in a beautiful setting right on the Lauch River. Make your reservation in advance!

Aux Armes de Colmar. This highly rated Alsatian restaurant is a nice place to go for dinner, just make sure you make your reservations in advance.

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Where to Stay

APARTMENT:   Reflets Sur La Lauch Apartments. This is where we stayed and it is amazing. With an unbeatable location in Colmar and nearly perfect reviews on Booking.com, it’s going to be hard to find a better place than this. We stayed in a two-bedroom apartment that had a kitchen, a living room, one and half bathrooms, and a washing machine. The best part was the awesome view out of our windows over Little Venice. We loved it here and we would stay here again on a future visit to Colmar. If you look on Booking.com, we stayed in the “Loft.”

Apartment in Colmar

View from our apartment

Our Apartment in Colmar

View of the apartment building, taken from the bridge on Rue Turenne, one of the best viewpoints of Little Venice. Reflets Sur la Lauch is the pale yellow building on the left of the photo. Our apartment was on the top two floors of this building.

LUXURY:   La Maison des Tetes. This 5-star hotel is located in the Old Town of Colmar. Rooms are beautifully decorated and have air-conditioning, a must during the summer months.

MIDRANGE:   Colmar Hotel. This highly rated hotel is located just outside of the old town. From the hotel, it takes about 10 minutes to walk to Little Venice and the heart of Colmar. It may not be located right in the Old Town, but you get a clean, comfortable hotel at a reasonable price.

BUDGET:   Gite l’Ame d’Antan. This one-bedroom apartment is located in the old town of Colmar. It comes with a washing machine, a kitchen, and free WiFi.

How to Get to Colmar

The easiest way to get to Colmar is by train. Here are the travel times from nearby cities in Europe.

  • Paris, France: 2.5 hours
  • Strasbourg, France: 35 minutes
  • Basel, Switzerland: 50 minutes
  • Zurich, Switzerland: 2 hours
  • Frankfurt, Germany: 3 hours
  • Luxembourg, Luxembourg: 2.5 hours

You can also visit Colmar on a road trip through Europe. This is what we did. Here are driving times and distances from nearby cities in Europe.

  • Strasbourg, France: 1 hour, 74 km
  • Basel, Switzerland: 50 minutes, 65 km
  • Zurich, Switzerland: 2 hours, 160 km
  • Luxembourg, Luxembourg: 3.75 hours, 300 km
  • Stuttgart, Germany: 2.5 hours, 230 km
  • Paris, France: 5.5 hours, 500 km

  The closest airports are located in Strasbourg, France and Basel, Switzerland. From Strasbourg and Basel, you can take the train or rent a car to get to Colmar.

Best Time to Visit Colmar

Colmar can be visited year-round. However, if you get your timing right, you can visit Colmar during one of its many festive seasons.

From late March through early April, the town is decorated for Easter and you can go shopping at the Easter markets. In early July, classical musical artists perform at the Colmar International Festival. At the end of July into early August, Colmar hosts the Alsace Wine Fair. And finally, the streets fill with smalls shops and decorations during the Christmas market season.

The busiest times to be in Colmar are during the summer months and from late November through December, when it is the Christmas market season. If you want to avoid the crowds, visit Colmar in late winter and early spring, in between New Year’s and Easter.

Late spring and early fall are nice times to visit. This is the shoulder season so crowds and hotels prices are lower.

Tips for Visiting Colmar

Make your dinner reservations in advance, especially if you will be in town during peak season. During our visit in August, it was impossible to just show up at a restaurant past 6 pm and expect to be seated.

Plan to spend at least one night in Colmar. It’s very quiet here during the early morning hours, making this the best time to stroll the city streets crowd-free.

If you plan to visit Colmar in the summer, reserve a place that has air-conditioning. The average high is 27°C (80°F) but heat waves are not uncommon. During our visit in August, daytime temperatures reached 35°C (95°F). A heat wave like that is unusual, but not impossible, as we learned during our visit.

Best Day Trips from Colmar

There are dozens of other charming towns to visit in the Alsace wine region. You can easily day trip to these towns either by car, on a tour, or even by bicycle.

We spent three days day-tripping from Colmar to the towns on the Alsace wine route. Read about our favorite towns in our article 10 Fairytale Towns to Visit on the Alsace Wine Route.

Get itinerary ideas and learn how to plan your time in our article 3 Days on the Alsace Wine Route.

Ribeauville

Ribeauville | One Day in Colmar Itinerary

Eguisheim

Eguisheim | One Day in Colmar Itinerary

Tours of the Alsace Wine Region

Europe itinerary ideas with colmar.

If you are looking for a great vacation idea and have 7 to 10 days available, consider spending 3 days in Paris and 4 days in the Alsace wine region. A high-speed train whisks travelers from Paris to Colmar in under 3 hours. Once in town, rent a car for a few days and road trip through the region. Return to Paris by train (or continue on to somewhere new… Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland are another quick train ride away) and fly home from Paris.

If you have any questions about how to spend one day in Colmar, let us know in the comment section below.

More Information for Your Trip to France

ALSACE WINE REGION: Learn how to plan your visit in our 3 Day Alsace Wine Region itinerary . We also have a guide to the towns on the Alsace Wine Route.

PARIS: Start with our article Best Things to Do in Paris for ideas of what to do in Paris. Plan your time in the city with our 2 Day Paris Itinerary and 3 Day Paris Itinerary. We also have a Paris Hotel Guide , advice on visiting Paris with kids , a Paris Food Guide , and advice for visiting Paris at Easter.

CHAMONIX: Riding the cable car to Aiguille du Midi is one of the best things to do in Chamonix. Also, learn how to hike to Lac Blanc and the Argentiere Glacier, two of the best hikes in Chamonix.

FRENCH RIVIERA: Plan your visit to the French Riviera and Provence in our 10 Day French Riviera Itinerary.

TRAVEL INSPIRATION: Here are 15 fairytale destinations to visit around the world. And if you are considering a trip to Europe, check out our article 30 Beautiful Places to Visit in Europe.

Planning a trip to France? Read all of our articles in our France Travel Guide.

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Travelling to Colmar late November 23. Looking forward to the Christmas markets, travelling with my husband and 14 year old granddaughter.

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Have a great trip! Cheers, Julie

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I have just discover your blog and your recommendation and I’m delighted .I hope you are all in good shape and in new discoveries . Sincerely.

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Hello Marie. Thanks for writing in! Yes, we are doing great. We hope you are doing well as well! Cheers, Julie

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Hi there, We are scheduled to stay L’Essiquise in Colmar. I was wondering if we should switch to La Maison de Tetes? I was concerned about the front desk not being manned after 9 pm. This is our jet lag recovery spot (I don’t deal with it so well). 24-hour room service, a gym, etc. played in the decision to stay at L’Essiquise, but La Maison seems to garner the most adoration.

I am not familiar with L’Essiquise. As long as you get checked in by 9 pm, you should not have any issues (we stay in hotels that have this policy quite a bit and have never had issues). La Maison de Tetes is a beautiful hotel and the air conditioning is a must during the summer months, in my opinion. But if L’Essiquise also offers AC (and your visit is in the summer) there may be no need to switch your hotel. Cheers, Julie

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Absolutely an informative and descriptive summary of Colmar and we feel like we are there already. We will be there in May 2022) Bruce and Ann (Australia).

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Colmar Day Trip From Strasbourg

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Taking a Colmar day trip from Strasbourg is the best way to experience the beautiful Alsace region of France. Explore Colmar with these top things to do.

It’s hard not to teleport instantly into one of Disney’s movies when you walk into Colmar.

Half-timbered houses, cobbled streets, and the smell of meat wafting through the streets. It’s everything you imagined the Disney towns to be.

Those reasons are why Colmar is one of France’s most picturesque villages and why you need to visit. With unique attractions, a fairy-tale vibe, medieval buildings, and plenty of wine and food, it’s the perfect old village to spend a morning, afternoon, or a full-day trip!

And I’ll tell you exactly how to make the day trip from Strasbourg to Colmar in this post. How to get there, sightseeing and things to do, and other great towns nearby Strasbourg.

So, let’s begin.

How to get from Strasbourg to Colmar

To start the day trip, you’ve gotta reach the town first, right?

There are three easy ways how to get to Colmar from Strasbourg:

Book a tour from Strasbourg with an itinerary

  • Take the train

Drive yourself

I put these in rank from easiest to hardest (although none are particularly difficult).

This option is the simplest.

Take a Colmar day trip from Strasbourg with a tour

Book a tour online or in the city, and they’ll take care of all the dirty work.

There are a few options available, but the most popular is through Ophorus. They offer a few tours of the Alsace region’s wine route and vineyards. This option is a great way to experience the area around Colmar because it’s surrounded by vineyards.

But Ophorus also offers a Colmar-specific day trip tour , one of the most highly rated, so it’s worth checking out.

Otherwise, you can find tour agencies within the city to book an excursion on every street corner. Most of them include the Alsace wine route as a part of the package.

But it’s not bad getting to try some Alsace wines while you tour these small towns.

Take the high-speed train

This option is what I prefer as it gives a more local experience.

A train is one of the easiest ways to take a day trip to Colmar from Strasbourg

The trains in France are easy to navigate. And it’s even easier to buy tickets.

Plus, there’s only one train station, and it’s easy to find.

I purchased my tickets through Trainline and had zero issues. The prices seemed to be competitive with other services I compared it to also.

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The Strasbourg to Colmar train line departs around 42 times daily and takes about 40 minutes. Tickets are usually approximately $30-40 in total.

It’s best to leave Strasbourg in the morning. That way, you can maximize time to explore. Typically, the earliest trains leave at 6 am and 8 am.

When you arrive in Colmar, the center is just a short distance from the station. The walk takes a roundabout time of 10-15 minutes.

I put this as the most difficult because I’m assuming if you’re visiting, you don’t have a car.

If you have more time, rent a car and explore at your own pace.

Renting a car will also be the most expensive option, depending on your usage.

If you plan on visiting multiple places along the German and French border, this is a great option to move at your own pace. If not, consider one of the above options.

From Strasbourg to Colmar takes around an hour, and you’ll follow A35.

Best things to do on a Strasbourg to Colmar day trip

It’s hard to know where to begin with this little town near the Rhine.

There are many fantastic main attractions and things to do when visiting Colmar from Strasbourg. Here’s Colmar, France’s things to do:

  • Walk around Little Venice
  • Take a cruise on the canal
  • Tour the Unterlinden Museum
  • Stroll Colmar’s Old Town
  • Enjoy the views from the Pfister House
  • Eat and drink all the food and wine you can
  • Picnic in one of the beautiful parks
  • Visit the different churches

Keep in mind there are plenty more things to do in Colmar, France, but this list would be endless.

So, I’ve cut it short to list the top Colmar things to do.

1. Walk around Little Venice

Little Venice (Petite Venise) is a storybook that’s come to life, and that’s why it’s the most popular tourist destination and a must-see in Colmar.

Little Venice with flowers in the foreground and buildings in the background

Located in the city’s historic center, Little Venice is the perfect place to stroll around, take plenty of pictures, admire the half-timbered houses lining the Lauch River, and just watch life pass by. You may even see a boat passing through one of the canals full of people.

Which, speaking of…

2. Take a cruise on the canal

Want a unique way to see Colmar and its surroundings? You got it.

A boat floats in the water with old buildings in the background

The boats are great for kicking back and floating for about an hour. Attractive scenery, people’s chatter, and the occasional bridge will all pass by overhead. And it’s waiting for you to take it all in.

The boats are frequent, so you should be fine snagging a seat. But be sure to enjoy one of Colmar’s most unique transportation methods.

3. Tour the Unterlinden Museum

This museum is a piece of history in the middle of this beautiful village.

The Unterlinden Museum with a courtyard in front

The museum is located in a former monastery and has an impressive art collection that dates back to the Middle Ages. If you’re a medieval and Renaissance art fan, this museum is a can’t-miss. You can even see some archaeology in the museum, such as a Roman mosaic.

Art fans rejoice. There’s plenty for you in this part of France!

4. Stroll Colmar’s Old Town

Need more strolling in Little Venice offers?

Colmar's Old Town has easily walkable streets and plenty of sights

Then get your fill in Colmar’s most famous area — Old Town. With its quaint cobbled streets and renaissance-style buildings, and plenty of half-timbered houses in the area to add to the old feel. Plus, you can pop in and out of cafes, restaurants, and bars to fill yourself with Alsatian food and drink.

And you can wander the streets that Auguste Bartholdi used to use in the city centre. Who is that?

Well, Bartholdi’s most famous sculpture sits in the bay in New York City. That’s right. He was the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty and various other replicas in the US. So you can keep that in mind as you step on Colmar’s cobblestone streets.

You can even pop into the museum dedicated to his honor if you want to learn more.

Also the Unterlinden Museum is also located here, so you can combine these two to save time.

5. Visit the Pfister House

The Pfisterhaus may look like a medieval building from the outside, but it was an architectural marvel in its heyday.

The Pfister House is pictured with old buildings surrounding it

Dating back to the 16th-century, it’s one of the oldest houses in Colmar. So that’s fascinating in its own right.

Today it’s a museum. And you can visit it to learn about Colmar’s history and view some original furniture and paintings from its past.

Which leads to where it got its name.

Although it was built in the 1500s, the house owes its name to the family that restored it in the 1800s and continued living there.

So, naturally, the name stuck.

6. Eat and drink all the food and wine you can

Want to become Alsatian in a day? Then indulging in as much of its wine and food as possible is a must!

A beer, wine, and table are in the picture in Colmar's center

From the hearty dishes consisting of meats to lighter sides with veggies, you’ll find a dish from Alsace you love. And a meal without a glass of the Alsation world-famous wine? That’s a big no-no.

And no meal is complete without a nice helping of Tarte Flambée (one of my favorite dishes).

So eat until your belt snaps and drink until wine spills out your mouth — you deserve it.

7. Picnic in one of the beautiful parks in Colmar

Colmar’s attractions and buildings are plenty charming.

A park sits in the middle of a row of buildings

But what often gets overlooked is its bright green parks.

For example, the Parc de la Bruche is one of the most popular parks in Colmar, and it is perfect for a picnic. With a large pond, plenty of trees and flowers, and even a playground for children, it’s the ideal place for families.

Some restaurants and cafes are nearby if you want to refuel before tackling your next expedition!

8. Visit the different churches

The town’s churches draw plenty of visitors in peak season.

St. Martin's Church

In total, there are five:

  • St. Martin’s Church
  • The Dominican Church
  • Chapel of the Colombe
  • Saint Matthew’s Church

Each church is interesting in its own way. For example, St. Martin’s Church and The Dominican Church were built between the 13th and 14th centuries!

Luckily, many churches are in the areas you’ll already be visiting, so it’s just a quick pop inside and won’t take much time.

Best times to visit Colmar and the Alsace region

Is there a wrong time to visit?

Each season you can find plenty of things to do and events in the village.

But, the best times to visit are in the spring and fall, when the weather is a bit cooler and the scenery is really in bloom. Summer gets hot and humid. So, if you’re not a fan of sweating everywhere you go, it’s best to avoid these months.

Colmar is decorated in Christmas lights for one of its Christmas markets

If you’re a Christmas Lover, it’s hard to pass up Colmar in December. The village celebrates Christmas with huge markets, decorations, and festivities. So this is the place for you.

But, all in all, no matter when you visit, it’s sure to be excellent.

Other great places to visit on a day trip from Strasbourg

You didn’t think Colmar was the only place to visit, did you?

Of course not! There is plenty more to see in the Alsace area, and here are some other great day trips from Strasbourg!

Riquewihr is a small village about 20 minutes from Colmar and an hour from Strasbourg.

Riquewihr

Snuggled up against the Vosges Mountains, this village is known for its jaw-dropping scenery and unique architecture.

It’s also home to more wineries than you can visit (like much of the Alsace region), making it the perfect place to further indulge in your wine obsession. Pinot Gris, Riesling, Muscat, Gewurztraminer, and more. You name it. It’s here.

And as a fun fact, Riquewihr was the inspiration for Belle’s town in Beauty and the Beast. Nothing like visiting a city that inspired a classic movie.

If you’re looking for another charming French town to add to your day trips from Strasbourg, France, put Riquewihr near the top!

Does anyone visit these places and think, “I could live here”?

Kayserberg

Kayserberg is no different. It’s a beautiful town pushed right up against a hillside and has plenty of historic buildings and monuments to keep you busy. But, if shopping is your thing, there are plenty of shops and restaurants to meander through to spend an afternoon.

There’s also a large square where you can buy produce or other goods. Or, you can just sit back and watch the locals go about their daily lives.

Nothing like a medieval-era town to cap things off in France.

Eguisheim

If you don’t know Eguisheim, you’ve probably seen pictures of it.

This small town is known for its beautiful houses and vineyards. For hours, you could stroll down its claustrophobic streets, gaze out at the nature surrounding the area, or just sit back with a big glass of wine! (If you can’t tell, I’m a fan of wine)

After that, you can stop in a few of the churches or museums and finish up with some shopping.

Basel is actually a city in Switzerland!

Basel

But it’s only a short train ride away from Strasbourg, so it’s still great for a quick visit.

If you’ve grown tired of the smaller-town feel, then Basel is a good antidote. While not a huge city, it will still have way more life than the Alsatian villages. Whether you’re looking for nightlife, fine dining, or simply bask in city life, It’s a great and quick getaway from Strasbourg.

The train ride takes around an hour and a half one way, so plan ahead so you have the opportunity to get the most out of your time!

So, what other cities in France should you take advantage of?

This is one way to see Colmar in one day. And I hope this guide helps you see this old beautiful city.

But there are plenty of Strasbourg day trips to choose from.

And I’m curious to hear from you and your experience. What cities or towns should everyone visit for their next Strasbourg, France, day trips? Or, what major cities are a can’t miss in France? Let me know in the comments!

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22 Amazing Day Trips from Colmar (A Local’s Guide)

  • By Jen Ciesielski
  • Updated: 16 November 2023
  • 20 June 2023

Looking for the best day trips from Colmar?

As someone who lives in France and has used Colmar as a base for day trips, I know how many wonderful sites are in the area. From picturesque villages to jaw-dropping mountain vistas, there’s no shortage of things to see. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons to visit Colmar!

Below I’ll share with you a comprehensive list of the best day trips from Colmar. Whether you want to hike the tallest peak in the region, enjoy thermal spas, or tour fairytale towns, I’ve got you covered.

Best Day Trips from Colmar

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22 Best Day Trips from Colmar

Colmar is conveniently located in the heart of Alsace with excellent transportation options. It’s close to the world-renowned Alsace Wine Route and the magnificent Vosges Mountains. And, if that weren’t enough, it shares a border with both Germany and Switzerland.

Needless to say, exploring the surrounding area is one of the best activities to do in Colmar .

So, without further ado, here are the 22 best day trips.

1. Eguisheim

Half-Timbered Buildings in Eguisheim

Eguisheim was my favorite Alsatian village. Its cobbled streets and timbered framed houses create a magical setting that you won’t experience elsewhere.

Wander along the narrow alleyways, hike up to the Three Castles of Eguisheim , or try a glass of Alsatian wine. After all, some of the best wines in the region are produced here.

Then, if you have extra time, I recommend driving the Routes des 5 Châteaux. You’ll weave along the ridge of the Vosges Mountains, passing five incredible castles. The most impressive of which is the Hohlandsbourg Castle. A definite must if you’re in the area!

Getting to Eguisheim

There are tons of ways to get to Eguisheim from Colmar . The most practical is to go on a tour, while the fastest way is to take a taxi. There are buses but wait times can be long. It’s only an option if you’re traveling on a fixed budget.

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2. Riquewhir

Bright Red and Green Timber Framed Building in Riquewhir

Riquewhir is undoubtedly one of the most enchanting villages in Alsace. Located in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains, this little town is most known for its old-world charm. And it’s one of the few places that has retained its 16th-century vestiges.

Wander through the town center, explore a section of the Alsace Wine Route by bike, or go hiking in the nearby forests. There’s no shortage of incredible things to do here.

Getting to Riquewhir

The cheapest way to get from Colmar to Riquewhir is by bus (#106). It takes 30 minutes. But, if you don’t want to deal with public transportation, I recommend going on a tour.

3. Ribeauvillé

Bird's-Eye View of Château de Saint-Ulrich in Ribeauvillé

Ribeauvillé is a captivating fairytale town that is most known for its centuries-old medieval castles. Not only that but its proximity to Riquewhir makes it possible to visit both as a day trip from Colmar.

Of course, exploring the town is an absolute must.

Then, there are the three castles that overlook the town. My favorite one was Château du Girsberg. It took me 45 minutes to reach it, but once I saw the bird’s-eye view of Château de Saint-Ulrich I forgot how tired I was.

And, if you’re visiting in September, be sure to check out the Fête des Ménétriers de Ribeauvillé. It’s one of the best festivals in Alsace.

Getting to Ribeauvillé

Bus 106 runs between Colmar and Ribeauvillé and takes 45 minutes. But, if you don’t feel like organizing the trip yourself, there are plenty of excursions available .

View of Temple Neuf in Metz

Metz is one of the most underrated cities in eastern France. But let me assure you, there are so many things to see here .

Here history and heritage intertwine with modernity and art. The city is also home to some of France’s most famous landmarks. My favorites were the Metz Cathedral, Porte des Allemands, the Temple Neuf, and Centre Pompidou-Metz.

Moreover, it’s the perfect place to try some local cuisine like Quiche Lorraine.

Getting to Metz

The best way to travel from Colmar to Metz is by train. They run regularly and take about 90 minutes.

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5. Strasbourg

Half-Timbered Houses in La Petite France in Strasbourg on a Cloudy Day

No list of day trips from Colmar is complete without mentioning Strasbourg. Of course, I’m biased because I live here. But let me assure you, as the capital of Alsace, it’s a must-visit . From traditional restaurants to renowned museums, there are tons of reasons why you should visit Strasbourg .

Marvel at the Notre Dame Cathedral, meander around Petite France or go shopping in Place Kléber. Either way, you’re sure to spend an amazing day here.

Getting to Strasbourg

The options for getting to Strasbourg from Colmar are the same as the reverse direction ( Strasbourg to Colmar ). The fastest way is to take a direct train. It’s about 30 minutes.

Famous Red Timbered Cafe in Place François Rude in Dijon

Once the former center of culture and arts in France, Dijon is, now, a city that’s full of incredible sites and attractions . From the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy to the Musée des Beaux-Arts, you’ll find something for everyone here.

Visit the most iconic square, Place François Rude, wander down Rue Verrerie, or sample some Dijon mustard. And, if you want to be sure to see all the highlights in a day , follow the Parcours de la Chouette. This marked trail winds through the town, stopping by the main attractions.

Getting to Dijon

The fastest way to get from Colmar to Dijon is by train. It takes about two hours with regular services offered throughout the day.

7. Kaysersberg

View from Château de Kaysersberg

One of the most popular day trips from Colmar is Kaysersberg. This small, but cute village sits at the foothills of the Vosges Mountains beckoning visitors. From historical monuments to hiking trails, there are tons of activities in Kaysersberg .

Highlights include the Château de Kaysersberg, the views from Rocher des Corbeaux, and the Fortified Bridge.

Get to Kaysersberg

There are tons of ways to get from Colmar to Kaysersberg. The cheapest option is to take bus 68R013 while the most convenient way is to go on a tour.

Galerie Vivienne in Paris

From iconic landmarks to riveting museums, Paris has some of the most impressive sights in Europe. So, of course, it makes it on this list.

But, of the day excursions here, Paris is the most difficult.

It’s such a big city that you will have to carefully plan your day. When I made this trip, I picked a few highlights that were near each other, so I didn’t run out of time. And I recommend you do the same.

Some must-see attractions include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Galerie Vivienne, and Île de la Cité .

Useful Tip : If you’re visiting Paris in July or August , make sure to reserve your museum tickets in advance.

Getting to Paris

Direct trains run from Colmar to Paris and take less than 2.5 hours. Keep in mind there are at most four direct trains per day. I recommend taking the earliest one so you can be sure to see everything.

Fontaine d'Amphitrite - Barthélémy Guibal in Place Stanislas in Nancy

Once the home of the Dukes of Lorraine, Nancy is, now, one of the best places to explore some of France’s finest architecture and art. From Place Stanislas and the Saint-Epvre Basilica to the Old Town, there are tons of things to do here. And, if you’re visiting in summer, be sure to stop by Parc de la Pépinière. Its shaded paths are a welcomed relief from the heat.

Of course, no trip to Nancy is complete without sampling some macarons. And, while several shops sell these local treats, Maison des Sœurs Macarons holds the original recipe.

Getting to Nancy

The best way to get from Colmar to Nancy is by train. It’s a quick 95-minute journey with regular services departing throughout the day.

Colmar sits on the border of both Germany and Switzerland. And it’s this central location that makes Colmar such an attractive destination .

So, if you want to visit a part of Switzerland, Basel is the closest town to Colmar. Here you’ll find plenty of cultural attractions including museums, art galleries, and churches. There are a whopping 40 museums to choose from!

Needless to say, you won’t get bored here.

Highlights include the Rathaus, the Old Town, cycling along the Rhine, and the Kunstmuseum Basel.

Getting to Basel

The fastest way to get to Basel from Colmar is to take the train, which is about 45 minutes. If you prefer something more convenient, tours are also available.

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11. Ballon des Vosges National Park

Panoramic View from the Terrace of the Grand Ballon

With its lush landscape and woodlands, Ballon des Vosges National Park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Here you’ll find pristine lakes, towering mountains, hiking trails, and remote camping spots. It’s a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and appreciate raw nature.

In summer, you can camp under the stars next to Lac de Longemer or challenge your endurance by hiking the Grand Ballon. Then, in winter, the area is covered in bright white snow, making it perfect for downhill skiers.

Useful Tip : I hiked the Grand Ballon in one day. It took me about 10 hours. So, I can only recommend it to experienced hikers.

Getting to Ballon des Vosges National Park

Depending on when and where you go there are several public transportation options. But the easiest way to explore the park is by car.

12. Turckheim

View of Hotel de Ville from Jardin de la Ville in Turckheim

No matter the season, Turckheim is one of the most unforgettable day trips from Colmar. Its fairytale-like atmosphere is second to none.

This quaint Alsatian hamlet is adorned with colorful flowers and lush vines during the summer months. It’s the perfect spot to spend an afternoon meandering around.

Of course, Hôtel de Ville is nothing shy of stunning. From the Jardin de la Ville, you’ll have the best view in town. Then, if you want to explore the area around town. Turckheim is surrounded by lush vineyards that offer unbeatable views of the city.

In winter, don’t forget to stop by the Christmas market, it’s one of the most unique in the region.

Getting to Turckheim

Trains from Colmar run regularly to Turckheim and take under 20 minutes, so you won’t need a car to visit .

13. Black Forest

The Black Forest lies on the other side of the border in Germany. And with its dense forests, rolling hills, and pristine lakes, it’s an idyllic destination for nature lovers.

Some popular activities include hiking, biking, and exploring traditional German towns. Freiburg is touted for its storybook charm while Karlsruhe is home to gorgeous landscapes. Of course, the thermal spas in Baden-Baden are an absolute must. It’s the perfect place to relax after a long day of adventuring.

Getting to the Black Forest

Depending on where you go, there are several options for getting to the Black Forest. Tours from Colmar exist as well as trains and buses.

14. Alsace Wine Route

A Section of the Alsace Wine Route that can be explored by Bike

The Alsace Wine Route winds through the region, stretching from Marlenheim to Thann. And Colmar lies right in the middle of this 170-kilometer (105-mile) path. So, of course, you have to spend a day exploring the Alsace Wine Route.

Rent a car and venture to wine-growing villages like Dambach-la-Ville and Mittelbergheim. Or cycle along one of the dedicated paths. You can even walk certain sections. Either way, the lush vineyards, picturesque villages, and captivating castles won’t disappoint.

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15. Munster

View of Munster from Chemin du Narrenstein in the Early Morning before Sunrise

Munster is a picturesque village that sits at the entrance to the Vallée de Munster. And while it may seem small, this little town is the perfect jumping-off point for outdoor enthusiasts.

Climb the Chemin du Narrenstein (Narrenstein trail) for the best views over the city or follow Rue Principale (D5BI). It’s full of hiking trails and mountain vistas. And, if you’re visiting in October, you’ll witness the most spectacular fall foliage in the region.

The town center also offers several things to do. Marvel at the architecture or stop at a fromagerie (cheese house) to try some Munster cheese.

Getting to Munster

The easiest and most convenient way to get to Munster is by train. Regional TER trains run regularly and take about 30 minutes.

16. Mont Sainte Odile

View of Mont Sainte Odile and it's Terrace Gardens

If you’re looking for an extraordinary day trip from Colmar, Mont Sainte Odile is an experience not to be missed. As a former abbey, Mont Sainte Odile was named after the patron saint of Alsace, Odile. And, today, it has retained its status as the symbol of Alsace.

Apart from hosting an active church, the historic buildings on Mont Sainte Odile have been converted into a hotel. You can tour the grounds and visit the area for free. But the biggest draw is the view from the terraces. On a clear day, they extend far beyond the horizon. An incredible site to say the least.

Getting to Mont Sainte Odile

For the cheapest option, first take the train from Colmar to Obernai then take bus 257 to Mont Sainte Odile. On average the trip takes about two hours. If you want something more convenient, I recommend renting a car.

17. Lac Blanc

View of the Lac Blanc from the Observatoire Belmont

The Lac Blanc, or White Lake, is one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the area. Its tranquil waters are so clear you can see right to the bottom. And, best of all, it’s a year-round destination.

In the winter, skiers flock to its slopes for some of the best skiing in Alsace. Then, in summer, hikers and mountain bikers explore the winding trails surrounding the lake.

No matter what time of year you visit, nothing beats the views from the Observatoire Belmont. From here, you’ll have sweeping panoramas of the forested valleys below. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset or admire the starry night sky.

Getting to Lac Blanc

Public transportation is only available in the summer months. A bus called Navette des crêtes leaves from Colmar’s main train station regularly throughout the day. Otherwise, the best option is to rent a car.

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18. Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

View from the top terrace of Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

While the origins of Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle remain unknown, it was a prominent fortress during the Middle Ages. Over the years, it saw vicious wars and battles, which, ultimately, left it in shambles.

But, after ongoing restoration efforts, it’s, now, back to its former prestige.

You can tour the grounds in their entirety. And, of the castles I’ve been to in Alsace, Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle was by far the best. Within its walls, you’ll learn about its rich history through artifacts and exhibits. The views from the upper terraces are also incredible.

Getting to Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

The most convenient way to visit Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle is with a tour. Otherwise, a shuttle service from Sélestat is available.

19. Saverne

The Tour du Brotsch while Hiking in the Forests near Saverne

Saverne is one of the most charming towns in northern Alsace. Here cobblestone streets are lined with colorful buildings, quaint cafés, and small boutiques.

But that’s not the only reason to visit.

There are tons of hiking trails and medieval castles in the forest-covered hills that surround the city.

The most popular is the Château du Haut-Barr. It’s nicknamed the eye of Alsace and, with panoramas like that, it’s easy to see why. Then, there’s the Tour du Brotsch and Rocher du Brotsch, both of which offer equally stunning views.

Getting to Saverne

The easiest way to visit Saverne is by train. But, if you don’t want to hike to Château du Haut-Barr, I recommend renting a car. There’s a parking lot at the base of the castle.

20. Besançon

Located in the Franche-Comté region of France, this picturesque city is home to a mix of medieval charm and modern beauty. With its winding streets, historic monuments, and stunning countryside, it’s the perfect day trip from Colmar.

The most impressive attraction is the Citadel. This gigantic military fortress was designed by Vauban and served to block entry via the Doubs River. And, if that weren’t enough, it’s home to several museums and a zoo.

Of course, the Besançon Cathedral, which houses an extraordinary astronomical clock, also tops the list of places to visit.

Getting to Besançon

The easiest way to get to Besançon from Colmar is to take the train. Total travel time is about two hours.

Useful Tip : There are no direct trains to Besançon’s town center. You’ll first need to go to Gare Besançon Franche-Comté TGV and then take a regional TER train to Besançon Viotte.

21. Luxembourg City

Bird's-Eye View of Neumünster Abbey in Luxembourg City

Nestled on the border of France and Germany, Luxembourg City has a wealth of activities and attractions. And because of its size, it’s easy to visit in one day.

Take in the view of Neumünster Abbey, get lost in the Casemates du Bock, and enjoy a snack at one of the many cafés in the Grund. You’ll even have time to wander through Pétrusse Park and visit Fort Thüngen.

Of course, no day in Luxembourg City is complete without marveling at the Palais Grand-Ducal.

Getting to Luxembourg City

Tons of trains go from Colmar to Luxembourg. But, if you want to be sure to have enough time, I recommend taking a high-speed TGV train.

22. Mulhouse

Panoramic view from Tour du Belvédère in Mulhouse with lush green trees in the foreground and the Vosges mountains in the distance. Between the mountains and the trees you can see Mulhouse.

If you love museums, Mulhouse is for you . Not only that but it’s one of the easiest day trips from Colmar. Some top attractions include Musée de l’Impression sur Etoffes, Cité de l’Automobile, and Hôtel de Ville.

But the coolest thing to do is climb the Tour du Belvédère. This iron structure resembles the Eiffel Tower, but it’s not as tall.

My vertigo kicked in as I was on my way up. I was trembling every step of the way until I saw the view!

Getting to Mulhouse

Direct trains from Colmar to Mulhouse run throughout the day and take about 20 minutes.

Conclusion: Day Trips from Colmar

Colmar is a great destination for day trips. Whether you’re looking to explore towns within Alsace or want to venture outside of France, there are tons of possibilities. You could even visit more than one of these destinations in a single day if you’re up for an adventure. And with the wide variety of travel options, I provided here, it will be easy to plan your trip. Now all that’s left to do is pack your bags and get ready for the vacation of a lifetime.

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48 hours in Colmar – 2 day Itinerary

Colmar is one of those charming, chocolate-box French towns that you could imagine Belle from Beauty and the Beast skipping through. So, where is Colmar, Alsace?

Resting on the Alsace wine route, Colmar is only a 30-minute train ride south of Strasbourg close to the German border in the western part of France. If you’re visiting Strasbourg, you could easily tag a 2-day itinerary for Colmar at the beginning or end of your trip!

This picturesque place is known for its medieval, half-timbered houses and Renaissance buildings. It’s a fantastic choice if you’re planning a trip to the European Christmas markets and it has lots of wonderful churches, museums, and Riesling wine-tasting experiences. 

Colmar, Alsace, France. Petite Venice, water canal, and traditional half timbered houses. Colmar is a charming town in Alsace, France. Beautiful view of colorful romantic city Colmar with colorful house

Another great time to visit Colmar is during the Colmar International Festival. It takes place during the first two weeks of July and features some of the most exciting concerts and the best musicians around the world. 

When you stay in Colmar , base yourself in the central Vieux Colmar as it’s the best place to stay in Colmar, France for first-time visitors and where you’ll find the Little Venice Christmas markets. Or you could stay near the train station if you are hopping around a few cities and towns in the Alsace Region.

This 48 hours in Colmar itinerary will ensure you know what to do in Colmar, what to see, what to eat, and all the best tours to do when you visit Colmar. Read on to discover the definitive itinerary to Colmar, the French town you need to know about and visit ASAP!

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2 Day Itinerary for Colmar

Day 1 in colmar, breakfast at au croissant doré.

Start your 2-day itinerary for Colmar off to the right start by enjoying a quintessentially French breakfast at Au Croissant Doré on Rue des Marchands . This is a quirky, unpretentious coffee shop with won wooden furniture and tons of cute nick-nacks hung on the wall.

You can order a range of artisanal coffees and pastries like croissants (in case that wasn’t obvious from the name!), muffins and hot meals too.

Fresh baked chocolate croissant on Two paper cups with lid for tea to go. Breakfast Coffee take away on the table. Take-out coffees with brown paper cup holder. Brown safety cardboard collars. Cardboard tray

Stroll Around Colmar Old Town (Vieille Ville)

Next, spend your morning getting acquainted with Colmar’s Old Town (named Vieille Ville in French) and admire the half-timbered houses and extraordinary architecture.

Continue strolling down Rue des Marchands where you’ll find the Auguste Bartholdi Museum, a monument dedicated to the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty who was born in Colmar.

You should also stroll passed the Pfister House, otherwise known as Maison Pfister, which is a quirky house with a turret dating back to 1537. It was built for a wealthy man named Ludwig Scherer and its exterior paintings are inspired by biblical stories.

Continue walking south to La Petite Venice, so named because this is the canal district of Colmar with lots of cute and colourful houses. It’s also called The Fishmonger District as this is where the fish markets were located in years gone by.

Colmar, France - Tourists from all over the world in the picturesque medieval old town of Colmar in France

Take a Boat Ride on Colmar Canal

While you’re by the canal, why not take a boat ride and enjoy exploring Colmar from a new angle?

Colmar’s bridges are extremely low so the tourist boats that sail up and down the waters here look more like punting boats that you’d spot in English cities like Cambridge or Oxford.

These long boats are also smaller than the average canal boat that you’d find in other famous Dutch canal cities like Amsterdam or Bruges. This means you’ll get a more intimate experience! 

COLMAR, FRANCE - Cruise on the Lauch river. Petite Venise is a picturesque tourist area, named after Venice, Italy, for picturesque historical organization around its canals.

Lunch at L’Arpège

You’ll have worked up an appetite after all that walking so you should sit down to lunch at  L’Arpège . From the outside, this place might look casual and laid back but the food is anything but relaxed.

They serve incredible three-course meals (yes, even for lunch! This is France, after all!) consisting of 100% French cuisine.

Visit St Martin’s Church

Colmar doesn’t have an official cathedral, but most of the town’s residents consider St Martin’s Church to be their main place of worship. St Martin’s is a huge Gothic Catholic church with medieval statues dating all the way back to the 13th century. 

It’s an incredibly impressive building with beautiful stained glass windows. If you like exploring churches and want to see more on your 2-day itinerary in Colmar, check out the Dominican Church just up the street which displays lots of local Alsatian artworks.

Cityscaspe view on the old town with saint Martin cathedral in Colmar, famous french town in Alsace region

Explore Musée du Jouet

Why does Colmar have a toy museum ? Who knows! Regardless, they have an enormous collection of toys from the 1800s all the way to the modern day. 

One of their major attractions is their model train network which covers the entire second floor. They also have dolls, automatons, video games, board games, stuffed animals, model cars, and so much more.

Dinner at Jadis et Gourmande

Jadis et Gourmande isn’t just a nice French restaurant, it’s actually a nice Alsatian restaurant serving food from the local region.

Housed in a traditional building with wooden and stone interiors and red gingham table clothes, you’ll find dishes vegetable tarts, braised beef, fresh potato salads, and, in particular, lots of local pies and pastries.

French mini quiche pie with tomatoes, olives and anchovies in bakery close up

Day 2 in Colmar

Brunch at bistrot gourmand.

Mix things up on day two of your trip to Colmar by tucking into sweet & savoury crêpes for brunch. Bistrot Gourmand is a simple yet cosy cafe serving breakfast platters with crêpes, fruit, meat, and more that will fill you up for a busy morning of exploring Colmar.

In the warmer months, you can sit on their terrace and eat outside too!

french buckwheat crepe with egg, ham and spinach on gray background. galette bretonne. flat lay.

Explore the Unterlinden Museum

Just a short walk northwest of the Bistrot is the Unterlinden Museum , Colmar’s premier art museum.

Housed in a 13th-century Dominican convent, the Unterlinden Museum displays lots of local history and art as well as lots of religious art which makes sense given the building’s origins.

It’s well worth visiting not just to see the artwork but to see the building too. You can still walk through the convent’s cloisters and see the original statues and carvings that existed long before it was turned into a museum.

COLMAR, FRANCE-People in front of the Unterlinden Museum, Colmar, Alsac, France

Stroll Around Parc du Champ de Mars

Parc du Champ de Mars is by no means a big park, but it’s stunning and a pleasant place to enjoy a morning stroll.

There are lots of tree-lined paths, water features, and statues of prominent French people. This is a great place to visit in Colmar if you have kids and they need to blow off some steam!

Beautiful fountain in Parc du Champ de Mars in the touristic city of Colmar in Alsace France

Lunch at Caveau d’Eguisheim

Eguisheim is a medieval village in the Alsace wine region which is just 7 km southwest of Colmar. Despite its small size, it has a lot of fantastic bars and restaurants including Caveau d’Eguisheim .

This restaurant serves regional dishes like tarts and meat dishes in this extremely historic building with rustic decor and a wood-beamed ceiling.

Cycle to Local Wineries and Alsace Villages

In the afternoon of your second day in Colmar, you should hire bikes and cycle to Eguisheim. It’s one of the closest towns to Colmar in the wine region and it would be a shame to not visit a winery or two when they are so close.

Wolfberger – Cave Eguisheim is a highly-rated, modern winery with a huge selection of wines and a sizable tasting room.

Just down the road from Wolfberger is Domaine Joseph Gruss & Son winery , which is slightly more old school and what you would imagine a quintessential Alsace winery to look like. Join one of their tours so you can explore their cellars as well as taste their wine!

Eguisheim, France - Traditional medieval houses in Eguisheim in Alsace along the wine road

Dinner at Restaurant Le Quai 21

Head back to Colmar, return your bikes, and enjoy a dinner with a view at Restaurant Le Quai 21 . This restaurant is in La Petite Venice and is in a prime position with stunning views across the Old Town and the canal.

Housed in a colourful building with white window shutters and flowerboxes, it’s a homely and cosy place that serves traditional Alsation food with an Italian twist.

They also have an extensive wine menu and experts on hand to help you pick out the perfect bottle too. Hopefully, you didn’t drink too much wine in the afternoon and you’re still in the mood for a glass or two!

Tours in Colmar

Alsace villages half-day tour.

Though it has the feel of a provincial village, Colmar is still quite a bustling town. On this half-day tour , you can get out into the countryside and stroll around some real Alsace villages during your 2 days in Colmar.

Explore the nearby villages of Kayserberg, Hunawihr, and Riquewihr on this very small group tour. As you drive through the wine region and the vineyard you’ll feel like you’re driving back in time!

French traditional half-timbered houses and La Weiss river in Kayserberg village in Alsace France

Colmar Photo Walking Tour

Colmar’s Old Town is undeniably pretty from every angle but there are some hidden gems and top spots that are just a little more Instagrammable than others.

Join a photo walking tour with a knowledgeable, local guide who will show you all the best, most beautiful places in Colmar. Don’t worry, they’ve factored in lots of time for you to stop and take lots of photos and selfies! That’s the point of the tour!

Colmar, France. Traditional half timbered houses of Alsace.

Alsace Vineyard Bike Tour

It would be such a shame to be so close to a beautiful wine region without visiting.

On this bike tour , you can ride out into the countryside from Colmar and try lots of local Alsatian wine from some of the best wineries and vineyards.

You’ll also visit the villages of Eguisheim and Gueberschwihr in the Alsace wine region.

Gueberschwihr, France - Village of Gueberschwihr in Alsace with the view at a neo-romanesque church of Saint Panthaleon.

FAQs for 2 Days in Colmar

How many days is enough for colmar.

Spending 48 hours in Colmar really is an ideal amount of time! You can spend one day of your Colmar itinerary exploring the highlights of Colmar itself and then the next day exploring other villages and wineries in the Alsace wine region.

48 hrs in Colmar is ideal if you just want to stick to the town and explore the place at a leisurely pace.

If you want to take a longer trip, you can easily add on a trip to Strasbourg. You could even hop over the Rhine River to Germany and check out some of the towns and villages there!

Riquewihr, France. Picturesque street with traditional half timbered houses on the Alsace Wine Route.

Is It Better To Stay In Colmar or Strasbourg?

Figuring out whether it’s better to stay in Colmar or Strasbourg depends on what kind of trip you want to take.

Strasbourg is a large city with no shortage of restaurants, museums, bars and other attractions. It also has better transport connections with the rest of France and Europe and has a great range of accommodation options.

While Strasbourg is a pretty city, it does not have the quaint charm of Colmar. So, if you are building a Colmar and Strasbourg itinerary for your trip, it depends on whether charm or amenities are more important to you.

Travellers who have late arrivals or early departures in Strasbourg may also find it more convenient to stay in the city and travel by train to and from Colmar. 

Travellers who want the experience of staying in a quieter and more picturesque town should stay in Colmar. Staying in Colmar over Strasbourg is also a great choice if you have more time to spare. Colmar might have fewer accommodation options, but what it does have are beautiful.

Is Colmar Worth Seeing?

Yes! Colmar is 100% worth seeing. It is a breathtakingly beautiful town with incredible architecture, charming cobblestone streets and a post-card perfect canal.

Visiting Colmar is like falling into a fairytale. Colmar is particularly worth visiting in the warm summer months or during the festive Christmas period.

Colmar, France -Traditional Alsatian half-timbered houses Christmas decorated city Colmar in Alsace.

2 Day Itinerary for Colmar Wrap Up

This Colmar 2-day itinerary will hopefully have shown you that not only is Colmar worth visiting, but there are plenty of things to do in Colmar too.

Planning a trip to Colmar for 48 hours is an ideal amount of time to see the highlights while still being able to find time for leisurely strolls and a glass of wine or two on an outdoor terrace.

Colmar, Alsace, France. Petite Venice, water canal and traditional half timbered houses.

Recommended tours in Colmar

  • Alsace 4 Wonders Small-Group Day Trip from Colmar
  • ICONICS Tour: 1/2 day on the Wine Route, visit of 2 Villages + Tasting.
  • The Emblematic: visit of villages, Haut-Koenigsbourg, Wine tasting
  • Alsace villages half day tour from Colmar
  • Segway Tours 2h in Colmar
  • Alsace’s Gems Small Group Day Tour from Colmar
  • Christmas Market Tour from Colmar
  • Skip the Line: Toy Museum Colmar Admission Ticket
  • Christmas across the 3 borders
  • Private Tour: Alsace Wine Tasting Day Trip from Colmar

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Experience the Exquisiteness of Colmar 

If you’re looking for things to do in Colmar then you’ve come to the right place. Colmar is one of the most exquisite towns in all of France , particularly with its historic centre filled with French and German influences.  This picture perfect small town is like a fairy tale with its original timbered houses. We organise both half-day and full-day trips from Colmar to the most famous landmarks of the Alsace region.

We operate private or shared wine tours of Alsace that will take you along the Alsace wine route that is surrounded by beautiful vineyards. We also conduct fun & informative Colmar walking tours and magical Christmas market tours in winter. If you are planning on staying in Colmar and wish to visit Colmar with a certified guide then don't hesitate to contact us for an unforgettable time.  

Your Travel Guide to Colmar

Top 6 things to do in colmar.

1. Marvel at Maison des Têtes

Built in 1609 by Architect Albert Schmidt for the merchant Anton Burger, this is a perfect example of German Renaissance architecture. The name of the building comes from the more than 100 faces and masks that decorate the three-storey façade. The pinion of the building represents a barrel maker and is a work of art by Auguste Bartholdi. The building was renovated in 2012.

2. See Pfister House

Dating back to 1537, this house is the first example of Renaissance architecture in Colmar even though some characteristics are still Mediaeval. Built for a wealthy hat maker, Ludwig Scherer, the architectural features include a two-storey bay window set at an angle, an octagonal turret, a wooden gallery and murals that represent biblical scenes. The name Pfister comes from the owners that occupied the building from 1841 until when the house was renovated in 1892. 

3. Visit the Bartholdi Museum

This museum is dedicated to the sculptor Auguste Bartholdi who was born in Colmar in 1834 in the house where the museum is located. Bartholdi is famous for having designed Liberty Enlightening the World, better known as New York’s Statue of Liberty. The museum houses a number of statues, busts, paintings and drawings done by Bartholdi. A whole room is dedicated to the Statue of Liberty.

4. Explore the Covered Market

The covered Market of Colmar dates back to 1865 and was built by architect Louis-Michel Boltz. Located next to the Lauch River that enabled local farmers to bring their produce by boat, the building is a perfect example of early industrial construction as the material used includes brick, iron and iron ore.

A stroll through the market will have you tasting some of the Alsace local delicacies such as Alsatian wine, tarte flambée and foie gras. At Christmas time, be sure to take the Alsace Christmas Market tour with us. 

5. Take Alsace Wine Tours & Day Trips from Colmar

Outside of Colmar, the choices for day tours are numerous. We organise small group half day tours as well as full day trips from Colmar. The Alsace wine region is an option for all the wine lovers. Typically, we will follow the Alsace wine route and stop at beautiful villages where you will participate in several wine tasting sessions.

Alsace white wines are varietal wines and your driver/guide who is also an expert in wines, will introduce you to the local winemaking methods and talk about the local grape varieties such as pinot gris, riesling, gewurztraminer, sylvaner, muscat and others.

6. Visit traditional Alsace villages

The area is also dotted with traditional villages such as Kaysersberg or Riquewihr which you can visit on our village tours. These small villages have kept their authenticity with their cobblestone streets, flower-decked windows and mediaeval houses. During winter, the villages transform themselves and organise authentic Christmas markets that offer a great number of options for shopping and just living those special Christmas moments.

If you are staying a few days in Colmar, then the nearby mountain ranges are also quite an attraction. With the Vosges Mountains located just a short drive away, a tour to that area is synonymous with the local gastronomy as this is where Munster cheese is produced as well as some of the tastiest local spirits and eau-de-vie. The ‘route des Crêtes’ is also a must as this ridge road is one of the most impressive in France.

Useful Tips for Travelers:

1. Best Time to Visit - The best time to visit Colmar and Alsace is in the spring or fall, when the weather is mild and the crowds are smaller. The region can get quite crowded in the summer, especially during the peak tourist season.

2. Getting Around - Colmar is a small town and most of the attractions can be easily explored on foot. However, if you want to visit some of the surrounding villages or vineyards, it's best to book a tour with Ophorus.

3. Language - While French is the official language in Colmar and Alsace, many locals also speak Alsatian, a Germanic dialect. English is also widely spoken in the region, especially in tourist areas.

4. Cuisine - Alsace is known for its delicious cuisine, which combines French and German influences. Don't miss the chance to try some of the local specialties, such as tarte flambée, choucroute (sauerkraut), and baeckeoffe (a meat and vegetable stew). If food is your thing, why not follow our Colmar gourmet tour that will not only allow you to discover this charming small town with a guide but also taste the local delicacies.

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One Day In Colmar Itinerary & Visit Riquewihr (2024)

Are you visiting Colmar, France, and wondering what the best things to do in Colmar in one day are? 

You came to the right place!

Colmar is one of the most beautiful towns in France, and you don’t want to miss out on this hidden gem.

In this one day in Colmar itinerary, I will cover what to do in Colmar in one day, how to get there and where to stay,  and how to visit other villages in the region without a car!

Alsace is a unique region in France, as it is a unique blend of French and German influences. How come? The area has been interchangeably part of France and Germany since the 17th century!

Most people only visit Strasbourg – the capital of Alsace, but the rest of the region is equally as impressive.

So, what to do in Colmar for a day? Let’s get started with your Colmar itinerary! 

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What To See In Colmar In One Day?

When you see a list of the most beautiful towns in Europe, Colmar or one of the Alsatian villages in its neighborhood is always on the list.

With its colorful, half-timbered houses and narrow, cobblestone streets, it is easy to see why!

colmar city centre canal and flowers

One Day In Colmar Itinerary

In this itinerary, I will cover the main tourist attractions in Colmar you can visit on a day trip from Strasbourg .

However, the whole city center is practically a pedestrian zone, so it is a fantastic city to walk around and see what you find. 

1. Colmar City Centre

Colmar city center essentially covers the whole historic part of the town.

It is the area to wander cobblestone streets, marvel at colorful Alsatian houses, and listen to the murmuring of the river flowing through the city. 

It is one of those places that feel like they’ve been untouched by modernization and still preserve its medieval aesthetics. 

2. La Petite Venice

view of la petite venice colmar, river and half timbered houses

La Petite Venice is the main touristic area of the city, mainly because it is so picturesque.

Admire the colorful, half-timbered houses lining the canal and bridges decked with colorful flower pots. 

In the warmer months, you take a boat tour along the canals. It looked like a very romantic thing to do. However, I was solo this time around!

3. The Fishermen’s Quay

Fishmongers District is another area where you can admire colorful, half-timbered houses lining the canal. It used to be a zone where professional fishermen and boatmen lived, hence the name. 

row of houses in fishermans quarter colmar

4. The Tanners District

Tanners Quarter is where the tanners used to live in medieval times. Today you can see their half-timbered houses with high attics that served as a place to dry leather.

5. Pfister House

This house was built in 1537 and is the first example of the architectural Renaissance in Colmar. You will notice it with its wooden elements as you wander the streets, but now you know more about it!

6. Place de l’Ancienne Douane and the Koïfhus

This lovely square is home to one of the oldest houses in Colmar. Koïfhus, the former customs house used as a warehouse, a place for taxation and meetings. 

fountain in Place de l’Ancienne Douane

7. House of Heads

House of Heads is another unusual house in the city. It owes its name to 106 grotesque masks on its facade. Take your time to observe the heads – some are hilarious!

8. St. Martin’s Church

This gothic church stands out among the little Alsatian houses. It was built in the 13th century, and the citizens consider it to be their Cathedral.

9. Covered Market Hall

Markets could as well be a French trademark. The French love to get their fruits and vegetables directly from the farmers and you will find a farmer’s market in every city in France. Great place to pick up some local produce and support local agriculture!

10. Colmar Christmas Market

If you visit Colmar from the end of November through December, you will see one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe !

As the night falls around 6 pm, Christmas lights illuminate the city turning the whole town into a Christmas fairytale. 

Colmar takes Christmas very seriously. This small town houses 6 Christmas Markets! So, grab a warm cup of mulled wine, and make sure to discover them all!

statute of liberty in colmar france

11. Statute of Liberty

This one might seem random, but there is a Statute of Liberty at the entrance of the city.

It is not nearly as big as the one in New York, but it’s fun for a photo!

riquewihr cobblestone streets

Day Trip From Colmar To Riquewihr

If you are visiting Colmar in the summer months, when the days get longer, combine your day trip to Colmar with a trip to a nearby Alsatian village. 

I went to Riquewihr, but you can also visit Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, or Ribeauvillé.

Colmar is lovely, but Alsatian villages take fairytale-like to a whole another level! 

If Riquewihr looks familiar, it is because it was the inspiration for the village in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

water fountain and watch tower riquewihr

How to get from Colmar to Riquewihr?

The train does not go to Riquewihr, and you have to take a bus.

You will take Fluo bus 106 from the Colmar Train station. Check the schedule on the Fluo Grand Est website .

One way ticket is 2,40€, but you can immediately buy a return ticket that will cost you 3,80€.

Alternatively, you can bike to Riquewihr!

Alsace is one of the most bike-friendly regions in France, and you will see many cyclists on the road. Be prepared that the road is uphill!

Things To Do In Riquewihr

You don’t need an itinerary to explore Riquewihr. The village is tiny, nestled between vineyard hills.

Enter the city through the Lower gate and walk along the Rue Charles de Gaulle to the Dolder , a 25-meter high watch tower. 

A double fortification wall surrounds Riquewihr, the first wall was built in the 13th century and the second in the 16th century. Stroll Rue des Ramparts running between two walls!

Take a break from exploring the village in one of the lovely bars in the village and try some Alsatian wines .

You are surrounded by vineyards after all!

riquewihr fortification gate

More Things To Do In Colmar

If you have more than a day in Colmar, the best thing to do is to discover more of the Alsace region. 

You could easily spend a whole week in this region of vineyards, castles and the most beautiful villages in France.

Some of the best day trips from Colmar are visiting Strasbourg and the picturesque Alsatian villages of Riquewihr , Ribeauville, and Eguisheim .

Alsace is a fantastic region for hiking because nature is incredible. Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg is the most impressive castle in the area.

If you visit Alsace in the autumn, you should take advantage of wine tasting in wineries along the Alsace wine route.

🍷Check the Wine tour from Colmar rates and availability!

petite venice colmar flowers

Best Time To Visit Colmar

Colmar is a stunning city to explore regardless of the year you visit. Yet, it has two entirely different high seasons. 

The first one is spring and summer. Colmar is a gorgeous place to visit as the days get warmer and longer. Flower pots are hanging everywhere, the weather is perfect for exploring the region, and the wineries are open for wine tasting. 

The second one is in December. Colmar Christmas Market starts at the end of November and lasts until the end of December, making for a perfect winter backpacking destination .

If you thought the city in the summer looked like a fairytale, just wait until you see it decorated for Christmas! If you need more proof, check out the Colmar Christmas Market website . 

To enjoy Colmar without crowds, plan your visit between January and March. 

How To Get To Colmar

Colmar is located in the eastern French region of Alsace, right next to the German border. You can reach it by air or land.

The best way to get to Colmar if you are already in the region is by train. It is well connected to many French and nearby European destinations. 

I use Trainline for cross-border trips because they allow you to book a ticket for multiple different operators on the same platform. If you are already in France, you can book directly with SNCF.

You can take a Flixbus or Blablacar Bus to Colmar. Bus tickets can be cheaper than train tickets if you book well in advance.

Flying to Colmar

Colmar does not have a commercial airport. However, it is located approximately 70 km from both Strasbourg and Basel Airports. 

Therefore, you can pick an airport with the best flight option and then take a train to Colmar. 

Strasbourg airport to Colmar: Take a train from Strasbourg Entheim airport to the city center of Strasbourg. It takes about 10 minutes. At Strasbourg train station, transfer to a train to Colmar.

Basel airport to Colmar: Firstly, take a local bus to the Saint Louise train station. The bus takes less than 10 minutes, and you buy a ticket when boarding. Then, from Saint Louise, take a train to Colmar!

a couple wallking on cobblestone streets of riquewihr on a day trip from colmar

Getting Around Colmar

The best way to get around Colmar is by walking.  

All tourist attractions are in the historic center, just a short 15-minute walk from the train station.

Cycling in Colmar

If you want to visit the nearby Alsatian villages, you might consider renting a bike (if you didn’t already rent a bike in Strasbourg)

Check out the Colmar bike rental service Velo Docteurs for working hours and rental prices. 

Where To Stay In Colmar

I visited Colmar on a day trip from Strasbourg, so I didn’t spend a night there. 

If you are backpacking France and want to stay on a budget, I suggest you stay in Strasbourg and visit on a day trip, as there are currently no hostels in town.

There is a wide variety of accommodation options if you want to base yourself in Colmar.

Budget hotel: Hotel Arc-En-Ciel is a 15-minute walk from the city center . It has good reviews and makes for a great base to explore the city. 

Authentic Alsatian house: If you are wondering what would it be like to live in one of the fairytale houses in Colmar, Le STUDIO 1586 is the answer!

decorated half timbered houses in the city centre of colmar

Best Vegan Restaurants In Colmar

If you are wondering if you can eat vegan in Colmar, I am here to reassure you that there are restaurants with vegan options in the city! 

  • Tabula Rasa – a fully vegan restaurant in the city center of Colmar! They offer two main dishes, a burger, and a Buddha bowl. The ingredients change seasonally. 
  • Cuit Lu Cru – This vegetarian restaurant is located inside the covered market, and they offer a creative lunch menu. Unfortunately, they don’t work for dinner, but if you are looking for a coffee with plant-based milk, this is where you find it!
  • 100% Le Bar a Jus – a small juice bar, offering milkshakes, smoothies, and wraps. Vegan items are marked as such!
  • Bretzel – is a great option if you are looking for a quick, Alsacian, and accidentally vegan snack. You can find them in most bakeries, including Paul!

Colmar Travel Budget

France is not an affordable country, but you can visit Colmar for a day trip on a budget! 

The most significant expense will be transportation, and the price will vary greatly depending on where you’re coming from. 

If you are visiting on a day trip from Strasbourg, you can find train tickets starting from 5€!

A bus from Colmar to Riquewihr will cost you around 4€ for a return ticket, but it can be free if you have your own bike.

You don’t need to spend any money on attractions if you want to stay on a budget. The best thing to do in Colmar and Riquewihr is to simply walk around and admire the scenery. 

A meal in a restaurant can cost anywhere from 10 to 15€ per person, while a quick lunch-type meal is around 8€. 

Yes, Colmar is a small town, and it is possible to visit all the main attractions in one day. I visited on a day trip from Strasbourg as it is the most common way to visit! If you want to escape the crowds, spend a night in Colmar and explore before tourists come.

Yes, Colmar is a small, safe town with a low crime rate. As a solo female traveler, the same advice always applies. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye on your belongings, as pickpocketing is common in all tourist areas.

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Final Thoughts: One Day In Colmar Itinerary With Riquewihr Day Trip

And that is everything you need to know about how to spend 1 day in Colmar! Hopefully, your Colmar itinerary is now complete as you know what to see in Colmar in one day!

From picturesque streets, fairytale-like houses, and unique buildings, you’ll enjoy your Colmar trip at any time of the year.

If you enjoyed this Colmar travel blog, pin this article so you can find it later and share it with your friends who should visit Colmar as well!

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Natali is the founder of She's Abroad Again. She is a solo female travel and backpacking expert who traveled to more than 30 country over 3 continents, mostly solo and on a budget! She is a lawyer turned travel blogger as she traded long office hours in Croatia for a digital nomad life and currenly calls France her home.

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Alsaces Gems Small Group Day Tour From Colmar

Set out on a captivating journey through the exquisite landscapes and charming villages of Alsace, with the Alsace’s Gems Small Group Day Tour from Colmar. This carefully curated tour allows you to uncover the hidden treasures of the region, from the enchanting Eguisheim to the captivating Riquewihr . Not to mention, the grandeur of the Haut Koenigsbourg castle will leave you in awe.

But that’s not all – the tour also promises a delightful wine tasting experience, where you can savor the renowned wines of Alsace. With a knowledgeable guide by your side, you can expect a day filled with insightful commentary and fascinating stories.

Curious to know more about this unforgettable adventure? Keep reading to discover the tour details, traveler reviews, highlights, and more.

About Our Review: Please note that this is our review of this tour and we do not run, sell, or book tours from this site. If you want to book this tour please click the large button at the base of this page to go to the official listing on Viator.

Good To Know

Alsaces Gems Small Group Day Tour From Colmar - Good To Know

  • The ‘Alsaces Gems Small Group Day Tour From Colmar’ is a full-day tour that visits the charming villages of Eguisheim, Riquewihr, and Haut Koenigsbourg castle.
  • The tour includes a wine tasting of typical Alsace wines and is limited to a small group of 8 people for a personalized experience .
  • The meeting point for the tour is in front of the CGR Cinema in Colmar, and the guide will be available 10 minutes before the departure time of 9:30 AM.
  • The tour has received positive reviews from travelers, with praise for the knowledgeable and personable guides, the beautiful scenery of Alsace, and the overall experience provided by the tour.

It's also worth checking out some other tours and experiences nearby.

  • From Colmar: 3 Villages in France, Germany, and Switzerland
  • Colmar: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket
  • Colmar: Walking Tour of the Old Town and Christmas Markets

Tour Details

Alsaces Gems Small Group Day Tour From Colmar - Tour Details

The key details of the Alsaces Gems Small Group Day Tour are as follows:

  • Tour duration : Full day
  • Start time: 9:30 AM
  • Meeting point: In front of the CGR Cinema in Colmar
  • Group size: Limited to 8 people for a personalized experience
  • Visits: Three charming villages – Eguisheim, Riquewihr, and Haut Koenigsbourg castle
  • Wine tasting: Included, allowing participants to savor the flavors of the region
  • End point: Back at the meeting point for convenience
  • Minimum number of travelers required for the tour to proceed

Traveler Reviews

Alsaces Gems Small Group Day Tour From Colmar - Traveler Reviews

After exploring the key details of the Alsaces Gems Small Group Day Tour, let’s now dive into the world of traveler reviews, where visitors share their experiences and impressions of this immersive adventure through the beautiful Alsace region.

With a total review count of 45 and an overall rating of 5.0 stars, it’s clear that this tour has left a lasting positive impression on its guests. Many reviewers have praised the guide’s knowledge and the personalized experience they received. Guide Thierry is repeatedly commended for his expertise and enthusiasm, while Amelie is described as a first-rate guide.

Travelers appreciate the opportunity to visit charming villages like Eguisheim and Riquewihr, as well as the chance to explore Haut Koenigsbourg castle. The wine tasting experience and the small group size also receive high marks.

Tour Highlights

The tour highlights of the Alsaces Gems Small Group Day Tour include a visit to three charming villages, a wine tasting experience, and the opportunity to explore a historic castle.

Here are four reasons why this tour is a must-do:

Explore Charming Villages : Travelers will have the chance to visit the picturesque villages of Eguisheim, Riquewihr, and Haut Koenigsbourg. These villages are known for their cobblestone streets, half-timbered houses , and vibrant flower displays. It’s like stepping into a fairytale!

Wine Tasting Experience : As part of the tour, you will have the opportunity to indulge in a wine tasting of typical Alsace wines. They’ll be able to savor the flavors of the region and learn about the art of winemaking from knowledgeable experts.

Small Group Tour : With a maximum of only eight people per tour, this small group experience ensures a personalized and intimate experience. Travelers can ask questions, engage with the guide, and connect with fellow participants in a relaxed and comfortable setting.

Historic Castle Exploration : The tour also includes a visit to Haut Koenigsbourg castle, a magnificent fortress that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Travelers can step back in time and enjoy the rich history and architecture of this iconic landmark.

Tour Guide Experience

Alsaces Gems Small Group Day Tour From Colmar - Tour Guide Experience

Continuing the exploration of the Alsaces Gems Small Group Day Tour, let’s now explore the unforgettable experience provided by the tour guides.

With personalized tours and a small group setting, the tour guides ensure that each traveler receives individual attention and a truly immersive experience.

One of the standout features of the tour is the wine tasting experience, where visitors can savor the flavors of typical Alsace wines. The guides, such as Alvaro , aren’t only knowledgeable about the region’s history and attractions, but they also have a passion for wine and viticulture.

They provide informative and conversational commentary throughout the tour, making the journey even more engaging and enjoyable. Plus, the wine tasting sessions, led by experts like Sylvie Spielmann, allow travelers to deepen their understanding of the local wines and appreciate the unique terroir of Alsace.

Overall Impression

With its breathtaking beauty, captivating villages , and exceptional wine tasting experiences, the Alsaces Gems Small Group Day Tour leaves a lasting impression on travelers. Here are four reasons why this tour is a must-do when exploring the Alsace region:

Alsace’s beauty : The tour takes you to three charming villages, including Eguisheim , Riquewihr, and the iconic Haut Koenigsbourg castle. These picturesque locations showcase the region’s stunning landscapes, colorful half-timbered houses , and rich history.

Facebook photos : The tour’s highlights are so visually stunning that travelers can’t help but share their experiences on social media. The tour provides numerous photo opportunities, allowing visitors to capture and share the beauty of Alsace with their friends and family.

Positive reviews : Travelers who’ve taken this tour consistently give it glowing reviews. They praise the knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides, the personalized experience with small groups, and the opportunity to learn about the region’s wine and viticulture.

Viator as the tour provider : The fact that Viator, a reputable tour provider, offers this tour speaks to its quality and reliability. Travelers can trust that they’ll have a well-organized and enjoyable experience exploring the gems of Alsace.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the duration of the alsaces gems small group day tour from colmar.

The duration of the Alsaces Gems Small Group Day Tour from Colmar is a full day. It includes visits to the charming villages of Eguisheim, Riquewihr, and Haut Koenigsbourg castle, as well as a wine tasting experience.

Is Lunch Included in the Tour?

Lunch arrangements are not included in the tour, allowing travelers to have flexibility in their meal choices. However, the guide can provide recommendations for nearby restaurants that cater to different dietary restrictions .

Are Entrance Fees to the Visited Attractions Included in the Tour Price?

Entrance fees to the visited attractions are included in the tour price. The tour inclusions cover the cost of admission to Eguisheim, Riquewihr, and Haut Koenigsbourg castle, allowing travelers to fully explore these gems of Alsace.

Is Transportation Provided During the Tour?

Transportation options for the tour include a comfortable van. The small group size allows for a personalized experience. There are no alternative transportation options mentioned, so it seems that the van is the primary mode of transportation.

Can Children Participate in the Tour?

Children can participate in the Alsaces Gems Small Group Day Tour from Colmar. The tour offers child-friendly activities in Alsace, such as visiting charming villages and enjoying a wine tasting experience. Tips for traveling with children on the tour include bringing snacks and entertainment.

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Alsaces Gems Small Group Day Tour From Colmar - The Sum Up

To sum it up, the Alsace’s Gems Small Group Day Tour from Colmar is a highly recommended experience for those seeking to explore the hidden gems of Alsace. With a maximum group size of 8 people, you can expect a personalized and immersive journey through picturesque villages and the magnificent Haut Koenigsbourg castle.

The wine tasting experience and knowledgeable guides further enhance the tour, ensuring a truly unforgettable day of discovery in this enchanting region.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore the beauty and charm of Alsace.

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How to Spend the Perfect One Day in Colmar Itinerary

By: Author Sophie Nadeau

Posted on Last updated: 19th August 2023

Categories France , Itineraries

Last Updated on 19th August 2023 by Sophie Nadeau

Picture perfect Colmar lies alongside the banks of the River Lauch close to the border with Germany. Located on the fringes of France, this Alsatian town offers up a beautiful blend of French and Germanic architecture in the form of pastel hued houses, timber-framed homes, and delightful scenery across the year. Even if you only have a short time in Colmar, you’re sure to fall swiftly in love. Here’s how to spend the perfect one day in Colmar itinerary .

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Is one day in Colmar enough?

What is colmar known for, getting to colmar, start with a visit to little venice, explore the old town, have lunch at the covered market, take a boat ride/ learn to make chocolate, head out for dinner for traditional alsace cuisine, if the christmas markets are on…, la maison des têtes, hôtel le colombier suites.

One of the most important questions to ask yourself is whether or not 24 hours in Colmar is really enough time to see the city. Thanks to the fact that many of the city’s most famous attractions are all a stone’s throw away from one another, I would personally say yes!

However, if you prefer to enjoy slower pace, then you’ll want to book a stay in Colmar for two or three days. If you’re also considering visiting Strasbourg, be sure to check out our guide to Strasbourg vs Colmar .

Colmar is famous for its timber-framed houses, which are clustered around a maze of a historic city centre. The little canals in Colmar look like they’ve been plucked straight out of a fairytale, lending themselves to making Colmar one of the most beautiful cities in France.

Colmar has easy transport links to plenty of important cities across Europe, including Paris, Zurich, and Basel . The closest international airport is Basel, which is in Switzerland and serves destinations all over Europe.

If you’re planning on visiting Colmar as part of a longer Christmas route, check out our suggested Christmas Market itinerary .

Colmar also happens to be one of the most important stops along a wine route called the Alsatian wine route. It is of such importance to wine from the Alsace, that it is often dubbed the “capital of Alsatian wine.”

Your Complete Colmar Christmas Market Guide, Alsace, Eastern France

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So-called thanks to its beautiful waterway which snakes through the city and peeks out from below rows of timber-framed houses, Little Venice is undoubtedly the most charming place to visit in Colmar.

Unfortunately this also means that it is the most popular place to go to and so you’ll want to go as early as possible to capture snaps with the fewest amount of crowds possible.

Your Complete Colmar Christmas Market Guide, Alsace, Eastern France

If you’ve ever searched images of France during the festive period, then no doubt you’ll have come across images of Old Town Colmar. A wander through this part of the city feels akin to strolling back in time to medieval France.

The best way to get around the city is on your own two feet as much of inner Colmar is pedestrianised, meaning that comfortable shoes such as sneakers are imperative. If you wish to get to know the town on a more historical level, then you can consider booking a walking tour like this one.

Some not to be missed highlights of Colmar old town include the centrally located St Martin’s Church, the 17th-century House of Heads (which boasts 111 sculptures of heads), and the Pfister House, which is home to a wooden gallery and murals.

Your Complete Colmar Christmas Market Guide, Alsace, Eastern France

After a morning of snapping postcard worthy photos and mooching about the charming streets, you’re bound to be hungry and so should be sure to head to the covered market, which is known in French as Le Marché Couvert de Colmar.

Traditional in style and constructed during the latter half of the 19th-century, Les Halles sits in the very heart of the historic city centre, somewhere between the Collegiate Church of Saint Martin and La Petite Venise  (i.e. one of the most picturesque places in the city).

Step inside during open hours and you’ll soon feast your eyes on a selection of fresh produce from the nearby region and beyond. From artisanal tipples to fresh fruit and vegetables, locals and visitors mingle between the delectable eats and treats for sale.

One particularly interesting feature is a bronze statue fountain of a winegrower which was designed by Auguste Bartholdi in the late 1860s. Though the original statue has since been moved to the Musée Bartholdi for safekeeping, a replica has stood in its place since 1986.

Le Marché Couvert de Colmar (Les Halles)

If you’re the kind of person who likes a laid back and relaxed activity after dining, then taking a boat ride. is the right course of action to take. Boat rides take visitors along the River Lauch. Find more details here.

Alternatively, if you haven’t had enough of a sweet fix, then you can book a chocolate making workshop. Create your own chocolate bar, all while learning the secret of chocolate making from a chocolatier. Check prices and availability here.

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If there’s one travel tip I could give you before booking a trip to Colmar, it’s that you should be sure to make dinner reservations well in advance. This is particularly true of the high season (during the summer and while the Christmas Market is on) when the best places are booked up days in advance.

Alsatian cuisine is pretty meat and stew heavy, with strong influences by Germanic cuisine. Some traditional dishes from the region include foie gras, baeckeoffe, and tarte flambee.

With this being said, over the past few days there has been an increase in the number of vegetarian offerings in Alsace. Some of the best vegetarian food in Colmar includes Cuit lu Cru and L’Arpège, where a vegan menu is on offer.

If the Christmas Markets are happening while you’re visiting Colmar, then you’ll want to completely change up your itinerary so as to incorporate a visit to the Colmar markets , which are truly some of the best and most magical in the world.

Begin the day by heading to Little Venice as, even during the winter, this popular spot is ever busy and so you’ll get the best photos (with the fewest number of people in them) by heading to this area first thing.

You’ll then likely want to spend the entire day strolling around enjoying the markets, but also be sure to also check out some of Colmar’s top hidden gems . When it comes to eating, you’ll probably want to eat at the Christmas Markets. To see a little of what is on offer, check out our Christmas Markets food guide .

Koïfhus (Colmar Indoor Christmas Market)

Where to stay in Colmar at Christmas

As you might expect from such a beautiful town, Colmar has no shortage of places to stay to suit every budget and need. Here’s a top selection of Colmar accommodation, based on web ratings and locations.

If you’re in search of the ultimate luxurious experience when it comes to Colmar, then you need to look no further than the five-star hotel in the historic city centre. Not only is this über luxe hotel complete with amenities such as a pool, air-conditioning, and WiFi, but it’s also full of historic quirks that make this a unique place to stay. Check rates and availability here.

Well-reviewed and situated close to many of the best Colmar attractions, Le Colombier is a four-star accommodation offering the likes of air-conditioning, room service, and Wi-Fi. Set against the backdrop of a building dating all the way back to the 1500s, other amenities include a sauna and lounge area. Check rates and availability here.

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What is Ash Wednesday? Here’s what to know about the holy day marking the beginning of Lent

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Lent is a 40-day season of prayer, fasting and giving that Catholics and some Christians observe as a time of repentance and closeness to God in preparation for the day of Christ's resurrection, celebrated on Easter .

Ash Wednesday is the kickoff of that season that is one of five on the Catholic liturgical calendar, along with Advent, Christmas, Easter, and Ordinary Time .

That means you may see someone walking around with an ash cross on their forehead this Wednesday. Don't try to clean their forehead: Here's what it means and why the day figures so prominently in the Lenten season.

What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is the first day of the liturgical season of Lent that falls six and half weeks before Easter each year.

Members of the Catholic Church ages 18 to 59 are required to observe Lent and fast on Ash Wednesday, starting at 14-years-old.

Ash Wednesday dates back to the 11th century, according to the Vatican , but the tradition of marking one's forward with ashes is rooted in the ancient Hebrew custom of "clothing oneself in sackcloth and dusting oneself with ashes as a sign of penance," according to Hallow , an app for Christian and Catholic prayer and meditation.

When is Ash Wednesday 2024?

This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Feb. 14.

Why is Ash Wednesday important?

Ash Wednesday places Catholics and Christians in the place of Jesus’ entry into the desert before His death. It is a symbolic turning of one's heart towards God, recognizing the brokenness that exists and the need for salvation.

"Ash Wednesday is the perfect opportunity for us all to recommit to many of the things we know we need to do," Hallow CEO Alex Jones said.

For some, it could mean prayer and meditation, Jones added. For others, it could look like fasting food or social media.

"It might be serving at a local shelter or being more generous in our giving. Whatever it is, Lent is the perfect time to take just 40 days and commit to it," Jones said.

What do the ashes symbolize?

The ashes symbolize our mortality.

On Ash Wednesday, you may see neighbors walking around with ash crosses on their foreheads.

During mass on this day, priests will add crosses made of ashes to foreheads reminding Catholics, but you do not need to be Catholic to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday. Christians and even those disconnected from traditions of faith, sometimes observe.

When is Easter 2024? How its date is determined each year and why some celebrate.

Can you eat meat on Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the only two days of fasting and abstinence required by the Catholic Church, though Catholics are encouraged to abstain from meat on Fridays during the 40-day season of Lent.

Christ fasted in the desert for 40 days leading up to His death and resurrection, so Christians and Catholics choose to fast as well according to their own conviction in the days leading up to Easter. Fasting, just like ashes, is a sign of repentance and aims to stir up a spiritual hunger.

What is Lent?

Just as the four-week season of Advent prepares believers for Jesus’s birth at Christmas, the 40-day season of Lent prepares believers for Jesus' death and resurrection at Easter.

This time of sacrifice and repentance prepares the heart to receive the reconciliation that Christ offers. An individual gets to choose what they'd like to give up during the time of Lent, as Jones shared.

When does Lent start and end?

This year, Lent starts on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) and ends on either March 29, Good Friday, or on March 30, " Holy Saturday ," the day before Easter, depending on the denomination.

Jason Day Betting Profile: The Genesis Invitational

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Jason Day during the first round of The American Express. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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Jason Day enters play February 15-18 in the 2024 The Genesis Invitational at The Riviera Country Club after a sixth-place finish in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which was his most recent competition.

The Genesis Invitational Tournament & Course Info

  • Date: February 15-18, 2024
  • Location: Pacific Palisades, California
  • Course: The Riviera Country Club
  • Par: 71 / 7,322 yards
  • Purse: $20M
  • Previous Winner: Jon Rahm

At The Genesis Invitational

  • In his last three appearances at The Genesis Invitational, Day has an average finish of 37th, and an average score of -4.
  • In Day's most recent appearance at The Genesis Invitational, in 2023, he finished ninth after posting a score of -9.
  • En route to winning this tournament in 2023, Jon Rahm posted numbers of 0.617 in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee (28th in field), 11.898 in SG: Approach the Green (first), and 4.52 in SG: Putting (12th).
  • Rahm averaged 314.6 yards off the tee (sixth in field), had a greens in regulation percentage of 70.83% (second), and attempted 27 putts per round (23rd) in that victory a year ago.

Day's Recent Performances

  • Day has earned two top-10 finishes and three top-20 finishes over his last five appearances.
  • He has made four cuts over his last five tournaments.
  • Over his last five appearances, Day has finished within five shots of the leader two times and finished with a better-than-average score twice.
  • He has an average score of -16 across his last five events.
  • Jason Day has averaged 300.5 yards off the tee in his past five tournaments.
  • Day is averaging 0.260 in terms of Strokes Gained: Putting in his past five tournaments.
  • Looking at Strokes Gained: Total, Day has an average of 2.624 in his past five tournaments.

Day's Advanced Stats and Rankings

  • Day posted a Strokes Gained: Off the Tee average of 0.346 (37th) last season, while his average driving distance of 304.2 yards ranked 66th on TOUR.
  • In terms of Strokes Gained: Approach last season, Day ranked 110th on TOUR, putting up an average mark of -0.020, while he ranked 109th with a Greens in Regulation rate of 66.74%.
  • On the greens, Day registered a 0.336 Strokes Gained: Putting mark last season, which ranked him 37th on TOUR, while he ranked 26th with a putts-per-round average of 28.38. He broke par 24.03% of the time (31st on TOUR).

Day's Best Finishes

  • Day played 26 tournaments last season, picking up two wins with four top-five finishes and nine finishes in the top 10.
  • In those 26 tournaments, he made the cut on 20 occasions.
  • Last season Day had two wins, with one of them coming at the AT&T Byron Nelson, where he shot -23.
  • Day compiled 1506 points last season, which placed him 11th in the FedExCup standings.

Day's Best Strokes Gained Performances

  • Last season Day's best Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee performance came in October 2022 at the Shriners Children's Open, where he ranked fifth in the field with a mark of 3.992. He finished eighth in that tournament.
  • Day's best Strokes Gained: Approach effort last season came at the AT&T Byron Nelson, where his 6.297 mark ranked third in the field.
  • In terms of Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green, Day's best effort last season was at THE PLAYERS Championship, where his 6.366 mark ranked No. 1 in the field.
  • At the Farmers Insurance Open in January 2023, Day posted his best Strokes Gained: Putting mark last season (5.820, which ranked third in the field). In that tournament, he finished seventh.
  • Day recorded his best Strokes Gained: Total mark last season (13.637) in May 2023 at the AT&T Byron Nelson. That ranked No. 1 in the field.

Day's Strokes Gained Rankings

Day's past results.

All stats in this article are accurate for Day as of the start of The Genesis Invitational.

Note: The PGA TOUR has created this story via a machine-learning model using data from ShotLink , powered by CDW, in addition to player performance data. While we strive for accuracy and quality, please note that the information provided may not be entirely error-free.

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The Big Cat is back.

Tiger Woods, for the first time since the Masters last April, will play in an official PGA Tour event. Yes, he played a few times in December at the Hero World Challenge and PNC Championship, but this time, it’s the real deal.

The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, is the PGA Tour’s third signature event of the year, and thanks to its elevated status, the field is loaded. Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Max Homa, Viktor Hovland, Jordan Spieth and dozens of other stars will tee it up come Thursday morning.

In 14 starts at Riviera, Woods is winless. His best finish came in 1999 when he was the runner-up. At last year’s Genesis, Woods made the cut and eventually tied for 45th.

On Monday, Woods announced his new life-style apparel brand in collaboration with TaylorMade, “Sun Day Red.”

This week will be the first time he wears the clothes in competition.

Here are some of the best photos of Tiger at the Genesis Invitational.

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All of Zendaya’s Dune 2 Press Tour Looks in One Place — See Photos

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All of Zendayas Dune 2 Press Tour Looks in One Place — See Photos

One of the best parts about Dune 2 finally hitting our screens after many reschedules is, of course, the Zendaya Dune 2 press tour looks.

Anticipation regarding Dune 2 has been at an all-time high, especially when it concerns Zendaya's character, Chani. Despite being key in the promotions for the first film, Zendaya famously only appeared in the franchise's debut for a grand total of seven minutes, so many fans have been eager to get the continuation for a while.

While Dune 2  was originally supposed to premiere on October 20, 2023, its release date has been pushed back and forth a handful of times until March 1, 2024 was picked as a solid date. With the release now finally around the corner, the stars of Dune 2 (i.e., Zendaya , Timothée Chalamet , Florence Pugh , Austin Butler , and more) are finally making their way around the globe to promote the film accordingly. First up was Mexico and now, France.

As a bonafide style icon , of course, Zendaya is showing up and showing off during this press run, with her long-time stylist Law Roach teasing outfits aplenty on his Instagram ago — so, without further ado, see all of Zendaya's Dune 2 press tour looks below:

Zendaya attends the Dune 2 Premiere at Le Grand Rex on February 12 2024 in Paris France.

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Carlos Santana (L) and Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz are co-headlining on the 2024 'Oneness Tour.'

This summer, the ’70s and ’90s become one.

From June through September, classic rock icon Carlos Santana will join forces with ’90s alt rockers Counting Crows for their ‘Oneness Tour.’

Along the way, the co-headliners are dropping into a number of New York and New Jersey locales.

First, they’ll rock out at Camden, NJ’s Freedom Mortgage Pavilion on Friday, June 21.

After that, Santana and Adam Duritz swing into Bethel, NY’s Bethel Woods Center For The Arts on July 18, Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center on July 19, Wantagh, NY’s Jones Beach Theater on July 21 and Syracuse, NY’s Empower Federal Credit Union Amphitheater on July 24.

And if you want to get down to “Smooth” and “Mr. Jones” in the same night, you can grab tickets as soon as today.

Although inventory isn’t available on Ticketmaster until Friday, Feb. 16, fans who want to ensure they have tickets ahead of time can purchase on sites like Vivid Seats before tickets are officially on sale.

Vivid Seats is a secondary market ticketing platform, and prices may be higher or lower than face value, depending on demand.

They have a 100% buyer guarantee that states your transaction will be safe and secure and will be delivered before the event.

Carlos Santana and Counting Crows 2024 tour schedule

A complete calendar including all tour dates, venues and links to buy tickets can be found below.

Railbird Festival

To kick off their summer, Counting Crows are headlining at Lexington, KY’s Railbird Festival.

Taking place from June 1-2 at The Red Mile, they’ll perform alongside megastars like Noah Kahan , Chris Stapleton , Hozier , Turnpike Troubadours , Wynonna Judd and more.

Click here to scoop up passes for the two-day hootenanny here.

Carlos Santana Las Vegas residency

In addition to the tour, Santana, 75, will continue his ongoing residency at Las Vegas’ House of Blues .

As of now, he has 24 gigs lined up in Sin City from May through November this year.

You can grab tickets for all upcoming dates here .

Carlos Santana controversy

Last year, the 76-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee made inflammatory remarks at a concert.

While onstage, he insinuated onstage that there are only two genders, saying “a woman is a woman and a man is a man — that’s it.”

He added “Whatever you wanna do in the closet, that’s your business. I’m OK with that.”

According to Billboard , Santana later apologized for his “insensitive comments,” saying that “I realize that what I said hurt people and that was not my intent.”

Huge rockers on tour in 2024

Get your air guitars ready.

A number of the biggest names in rock are going to be out and about this year.

•  Rolling Stones

•  The Doobie Brothers

• Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

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Looking for love you'll find it in 2024 in these 10 romance novels.

Kalyani Saxena

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It's Valentine's Day – a holiday literally designed for swooning and yearning. For some, that means a romantic candlelit dinner with a loved one. For others, it's quality time with a romance novel and a box of premium chocolate.

But reading romance is actually a delicious treat you can enjoy all year round. To give you a head start in planning your reading tour de romance in 2024, here's a list of 10 excellent romance novels (I've read them all!) publishing from now into early summer.

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Bride by Ali Hazelwood ( Feb. 6)

Bride is Ali Hazelwood as you've always known and loved her – with a paranormal twist. The story follows Misery Lark (iconic name, I know) a vampyre who is suddenly married to the ruthless, probably brutish but also kind of hot werewolf Lowe Moreland in a peacekeeping alliance. Misery must make a life in a hostile territory while trying not to make out with her new husband – who may not trust her but can't seem to keep his eyes off her.

This book is as sexy as it is fun. It's a departure from Hazelwood's more conventional contemporary romances but brings in all the staples of her best work. There's found family, a love interest that's gruff yet obsessed, and most crucially a slow burning tension that lingers in every scene like a scent you just can't shake (there's a significant amount of smelling in this book but I promise it works). Fair warning: If you're primarily a contemporary romance reader, it's worth knowing that a werewolf and vampyre hooking up is going to look pretty unconventional. You may want to brace yourself for some of the knotty, ahem, I mean naughty elements to the romance once the steam really gets going.

Perfect for: Readers who love a little interspecies romance. We know you're out there!

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At First Spite by Oliva Dade (Feb. 13)

At First Spite is a story for all the petty readers out there. Athena Greydon moves into the narrow spite house she bought with her ex-fiancé Johnny as a last resort. When she finds out her new neighbor is Matthew – Johnny's judgemental older brother who convinced him to end the engagement – she decides it might be time for some payback. But Matthew is handsome, kind, and seems genuinely remorseful for his role in blowing up her life. And when her mental health starts to slip, he's there too.

This book, despite its playful revenge premise, has one of the most careful and serious depictions of depression and grief that I've seen in a romance novel. It's thoughtful, sobering and real . Dade reminds us that love is more than attraction and butterflies – it's showing up for someone every day even when they're at their lowest.

Perfect for: Readers who crave a story with a plus-sized heroine and understand the inherent romance of someone cleaning your glasses for you. Swoon!

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Sex, Lies and Sensibility by Nikki Payne (Feb. 13)

Sex, Lies, and Sensibilit y brings all the romance of Jane Austen's classic tale to a crumbling beach property in Maine. Nora Dash's world is turned upside down when she finds out (at her father's funeral) that she and her sister are really her dad's second secret family. Now Nora's only hope at an inheritance is schlepping off to rural Maine and restoring a dilapidated beach house her father once bought. But in order to do so, she'll have to team up with Ennis "Bear" Freeman, an Abenaki tour guide, who needs the money to protect his community's river from unscrupulous developers.

You want drama? This book gives drama. The emotional twists and turns of this story are as big a part of Nora and Bear's romance as Maine's beautiful landscape. Both characters are trying to outrun their pasts (literally – the duo are former track stars) while denying the emotional tether that grows between them. It's awkward, sweet, and very hot at the same time. And it's especially refreshing to see an interracial romance where both characters come from marginalized backgrounds (Nora is Black and Bear is Indigenous). Their identities are more than window dressing and bring a unique depth to their banter and ultimate romantic connection.

Perfect for: Readers who wish Jane Austen was just a little thirstier.

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How to End A Love Story by Yulin Kuang ( April 9)

By all marks, Helen Zhang and Grant Shepard are virtual strangers. But 13 years ago, Grant was involved in the accident that killed Helen's sister Michelle. When the two meet again, it's in a Hollywood writers room where Grant is part of the team adapting Helen's books for TV. Their interactions are charged – with the bitter resentment of past trauma and a surprising spark that it's best they pretend doesn't exist.

Whew! If that sounds like a heavy premise for a romance, you'd be right. But Yulin Kuang (who is adapting and directing Emily Henry's Beach Read for film) makes it work with a raw believability. Helen's journey in particular is wrenching – as she struggles with the expectations heaped on her as a daughter of immigrants and her growing feelings for Grant. Kuang doesn't shy away from the unpleasantness of the premise but rather weaves it into the core of what connects Helen and Grant. Their story is one of healing and forgiveness with all the ugly cracks and personal setbacks that entails. And the sheer yearning and impossibility of their situation will wreck you in the best possible way.

Perfect for: Readers who enjoy a truly stomach churning level of angst with a side dish of sexual tension.

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Funny Story by Emily Henry ( April 23)

The book begins with Daphne, whose perfect fiancé has just dumped her for his longtime childhood friend Petra. Left with no other option, Daphne moves in with Miles, Petra's ex-boyfriend, who is in the pits of break-up misery himself. The duo decide to make the most of the summer by exploring the town together – with the added side benefit of making their exes jealous along the way. But what happens when your ex's new fiancé's ex is actually lovely and kisses like a man starved? Well, that's a funny story.

It takes very little time for most readers to get sucked into an Emily Henry novel but Funny Story is guaranteed to break records. It's Henry at her absolute best – romantic, melancholic, and so full of heart. By chapter 2, you'll be ready to throw hands for Daphne. And Miles is so magnetically charming, you'll be tongue tied in four chapters or less. That's Emily Henry's speciality – snagging you in and emotionally entangling you with the characters until you're half sick in love yourself.

Perfect for: Readers who see a disaster of a man sobbing to Bridget Jones's Diary and think "I could fix him."

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The Paradise Problem by Christina Lauren (May 14)

When Anna Green and grocery-store heir Liam "West" Weston were in college they got married for some free housing and then happily went their separate ways. But five years later, Liam needs to bring his fake wife to a destination wedding to secure his inheritance. Anna agrees to tag along and pretend to be in love – for a cut of the money. After all, it's no hardship to fake a relationship with your gorgeous (legal) husband. Right? As long as they keep their emotions out of the picture, it'll be smooth sailing. Right?

The Paradise Problem is the kind of book you take on vacation and read in one singular sitting at the beach. It's a complete trope-fest in the best possible way. You're looking for fake dating? We've got it! And what about marriage of convenience? That's the fun twist! Opposites attract? Fear not, we've got that too! It's not a complete reinvention of any one of those tropes, but rather a delightful execution of a winning formula (any romance reader worth their salt knows magic happens when you combine fake dating with a destination wedding).

Perfect for: Readers who want a little flavor of Succession-esque family politics in their romance.

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Birding with Benefits by Sarah T. Dubbs ( June 4)

Who says romance is only for bright-eyed, bushy-tailed 20-somethings? In Birding with Benefits, Celeste, a 42-year-old divorcée, ends up entangled with John, a quiet and sensitive local birder. John is in urgent need of a partner for this year's birding competition and after a comedy of errors (in which Celeste thinks John needs a fake romantic partner), the two become teammates. Celeste doesn't know the first thing about birds but as she spends hours learning from John in Arizona's gorgeous wilderness, she starts to develop a soft spot for the hobby and...her gorgeous teacher.

This romance is so soft and gentle. It's a story about two mature adults who are polar opposites and yet kindred spirits. The passion John and Celeste find for one another while cataloging Arizona's birdlife is warm and steady. And although they've got a few emotional obstacles to work through before a happy ending, it's worth tuning in to see how these birds of a feather find their way to each other.

Perfect for: Readers who like birds and have an affinity for men who work in wood shops.

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Under Your Spell by Laura Wood ( June 25)

As the daughter of a legendary rockstar (and even more legendary womanizer), Clementine Monroe wants nothing to do with musicians or their drama. But as luck would have it (or the strange Breakup Spell her sister cast) the man she just had a hot one-night stand with is actually Theo Eliott, world-famous rock star. And to make matters worse, Clemmie's new job calls for her to spend the next six weeks stuck in a house with Theo. Will the two be able to stay away from each other long enough for Theo to finish his album?

Under Your Spell is as enchanting as the name implies. It's both humorous and sweet – with a really compelling cast of characters. Clemmie is an adorably sensible disaster. She thinks she's in control but really she's a mess who would rather avoid any risk than open herself up to heartbreak. Relatable. Theo is a rockstar but really a boy obsessed. I'm afraid he doesn't know how to do anything except win hearts. And Clemmie's sisters – Lil and Serena bring a warm girl power (non-ironic) energy to the whole production. You'll be spellbound with this one.

Perfect for: Readers who may or may not have read One Direction fanfiction in their youth. No judgment!

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Ne'er Duke Well by Alexandra Vasti ( July 23)

In Ne'er Duke Well, Peter Kent, a reluctant and scandalous duke must find a way to rehabilitate his reputation if he wants to gain custody of his half siblings. He teams up with Lady Selina, society's most polished debutante. But Selina has a small secret – she runs an erotic library for women. And though she'd rather set Peter up with a wife of impeccable reputation and no life-ruining secrets – the sparks that fly between the two of them are undeniable.

Ne'er Duke Well is a historical romance with the energy of a Parks & Recreation episode. Like the iconic sitcom, the characters in this are all so darn loveable, you can almost see the twinkle in their eyes. There's witty banter and an endlessly supportive love interest (Peter Kent is a regency-era Ben Wyatt). And you've got this comforting feeling that even when things seem unsalvageable, everything will be okay. It's the kind of romance you want to wrap around yourself like a blanket – low conflict with maximum warm and fuzzy feelings.

Perfect for: Readers who love golden retriever heroes and enjoy romances with a focus on family.

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The Ornithologist's Field Guide to Love by India Holton ( July 23)

The Ornithologist's Field Guide to Love follows Beth Pickering, a perfectly polite professor who must team up with her maybe villainous (definitely sexy) academic rival Devon Lockley to capture a magical bird and win the ultimate prize – tenure.

This book is so riotously clever it almost defies description. It's like an alchemy of romantic elements held in perfect harmony. India Holton infuses the story with wry wit and meta inside jokes. Every sentence is positively vibrating with the kind of charm that will have you pressing your lips together with laughter. And yet amid all the outrageous and camp fun, Holton also succeeds in building a genuine love story – between two people who have kept the world at a distance for years but somehow find a home within each other And if that doesn't sell you, then you should at least know this book has one of the funniest twists on the "one bed" trope I've read in a long time.

Perfect for: Readers who think every good romance should include at least one ridiculous bit.

Still hungry for more books? Here are three more titles I haven't read yet but am excited to tear into:

  • King of Sloth by Anna Huang (April 30)
  • Not Another Love Song by Julie Soto (July 16)
  • If I Stopped Haunting You by Colby Wilkins (Oct. 15)

Kalyani Saxena is an associate producer at Here & Now. She's a voracious romance reader in perpetual search for the perfect execution of the enemies-to-lovers trope.

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