440km (273 miles) SE of Paris; 140km (87 miles) SE of Nancy; 71km (44 miles) SW of Strasbourg

One of the most attractive towns in Alsace, Colmar is a must for any visitors to the region. Colmar has been so well restored, you’d never guess it was hard hit in two world wars. You can’t help but be charmed by its medieval and early Renaissance buildings, half-timbered structures, gables, and gracious loggias. Tiny gardens and washhouses surround many of the homes. Its old quarter looks more German than French, filled with streets of unexpected twists and turns. The third-largest town in Alsace, its geographic location makes it a natural gateway to the Rhine country, near the vine-covered slopes of the southern Vosges.