Walking tours of Colmar, visits to Mount St Odile, the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, Ecomusée…
Culture, history and tradition
Strasbourg has its “Petite France”, andColmar has its “Little Venice”, where colourful half-timbered houses decorate the banks of the canals.
But Colmar is much more than that: gothic churches, renaissance architecture and the many museums that are well worth it a look, or a longer visit:
- Unterlinden Museum: an old convent transformed into a museum that exhibits treasures, such as the altarpiece of Issenheim: 11 painted panels that, when opened, tell the history of the Christ and Saint Anthony. A masterpiece of the renaissance.
- Bartholdi Museum: not many people know that the Statue of Liberty – one of the most known monuments in the world – was the creation of an Alsatian artist. In his native home – transformed into museum, his history is told throughout personal notes, drawings, pictures, and miniatures of his works.
- Hansi Museum: this Alsatian illustrator lived throughout the changes of nationalities in the region. In his works, he made sure to demonstrate his love to Alsace but also for France. He is considered the ambassador of the popular traditions in Alsace.
The city has a very well-preserved assembly of architectural buildings reflecting many periods, especially the renaissance.
But its main treasure is its Humanist Library. A visit to this literary museum, is like a journey throughout history: starting with the manuscripts, passing through the incunables until the invention of the press in the occident.
* It can be combined with a visit to the Ebermunster abbey – a gem of the baroque architecture.
Mount Saint- Odile *
Yet today a peregrination centre, the convent is one of the most visited sites in the region. In its interior, you can learn about the life (and legends) of the patron saint of Alsace. In its exterior – which offers the most remarkable panoramic view of the region – a circuit can be done to observe how the convent was built on top or a rock, to visit the well of the miracles and the pagan wall.
* It can be combined with a visit to the charming city of Obernai.
Despite its small size, the region of Alsace has one of the largest concentration medieval castles’ ruins. A visit to the Haut-Koenigsbourg – today a museum of the middle ages – allow you to understand the turbulent history of the region and to discover why this castle is considered one of the main symbols of the German influence in the region.
Many half-timbred houses were reassembled here to recreate a typical Alsatian village of the XIX century. A visit to this open-air museum will teach you about the lifestyle and customs of a population which was, in its majority, rural.
The trail of the 3 Ribeauvillé castles
Ribeauvillé is one of the most enchanting villages along the Wine Route. This option of an active circuit combines a brief guided visit through the village with a hike up the hills, to visit the ruins of the castles of the “lords” of Ribeauvillé.
Circuits in the north of Alsace
The north of Alsace is an area still unknown to many visitors. However, there are many options of original circuits which could include: ruins of medieval castles, military constructions of the Maginot Line, typical Alsatian villages, visits to potteries and the Lalique Museum.
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