The first mention of this city was in 823 by the son of Charlemagne, Emperor Louis le Pieux. Through the centuries, the town continued to grow in architecture, art, and politics. During the 15th and 16th centuries, winemaking became a source of immense wealth and more austere buildings were constructed. One of the most famous residents of the city was Voltaire, who stayed there between 1753 and 1754. He described it as “a city half-German and half-French, and wholly Iroquoian”.
There is an urban legend involving the Colmar Nachtkalb, literally translated as “a night calf”, that comes out in the streets around the Town Hall and Saint-Martin to play evil tricks on the residents. No one has really been able to describe this creature as it seems that he takes many forms. Stories have circulated that he runs up behind unsuspecting drunks and residents causing them to try to escape the Nachtkalb’s attack. It is said that once home, they pass out from exhaustion from running away and when they wake, they remember nothing of the night’s events but have violent headaches. Just something to keep in mind if you choose to stay in this area; Maybe go easy on the alcohol.
The city is very walkable. If you arrive by train at the main station, all the most popular sights are within a mile’s walk. You can also find several car parks near the center to leave your vehicle at while you explore.
The best time, weather-wise, to visit this wonderful town is from May to September because of the number of sunny days and warmer temperatures. However, this is also considered a high tourist season so I would recommend you visit March-May or October to have lower prices and fewer crowds.
Winters are usually quite cold and gray with a few blue skies sprinkled in here and there. Snow can be expected but not in large amounts. The coldest month is January when temperatures fall below 36 degrees.
Spring is fair with warmer temperatures and some rain.
Summer is warm with the hottest month being July at around 80 degrees. May is the wettest month that sees over three inches of rain. Outdoor activities are very popular during this time.
Fall brings cooler temperatures at night and while October is still tolerable during the day, November can bring colder temperatures in the 40s during the day.
Address: 14 rue Etroite, 68000, Colmar France
Hours: Open Monday evening, from Tuesday to Friday for lunch and dinner. (start of services at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.)
Address: 24 rue des Marchands, 68000, Colmar France
Au Croissant Doré (the Golden Croissant)
Address: 28 Rue des Marchands, 68000 Colmar, France
Adorable pink cafe perfect for satisfying your sugar addiction. Try the chocolat viennois, hot chocolate covered in a huge tower of whipped cream. This café is worth visiting!
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