Arriving -- If you’re driving, take N83 from Strasbourg; trip time is 1 hour. Because of the narrow streets, we suggest that you park and walk. Leave the car in the Champ-de-Mars, or in the underground Place Rapp for a fee of around 1.50€ per hour, northeast of the railway station, and then walk a few blocks east to the old city; or park in the lot designated parking vieille ville, accessible from rue de l’Est at the edge of the Petite Venise neighborhood, and walk a few blocks southeast to reach the old city. Trains link Colmar to Nancy, Strasbourg, and Mulhouse, as well as to Germany via Strasbourg, across the Rhine. Twenty to twenty-two trains per day arrive from Paris’s Gare de l’Est (trip time: 4–6 hr.); the one-way fare is 47€ to 89€. For information, call [tel] 36-35, or 08-92-35-35-35 from outside France.
Visitor Information -- The Office de Tourisme is at 4 rue Unterlinden (www.ot-colmar.fr; [tel] 03-89-20-68-92). For information on wines, vintages, and winery visits, contact the CIVA (Alsace Wine Committee), Maison du Vin d’Alsace, 12 av. de la Foire-aux-Vins (www.vinsalsace.com; [tel] 03-89-20-16-20). It’s usually open Monday to Friday 8:15am to noon and 2 to 5pm. Make arrangements far in advance.
Special Events -- Alsatian folk dances on place de l’Ancienne-Douane begin around 8pm on Tuesday from mid-May to mid-September. If you want to listen to classical music, visit during the first 2 weeks in July for the Festival International de Musique de Colmar (www.festival-colmar.com; [tel] 03-89-20-68-97), which schedules 24 concerts in venues around the city, such as churches and public monuments. Tickets for these cost 10€ to 15€. Les Mardis de la Collégiale, at place de la Cathédrale ([tel] 06-71-06-50-18), stages free concerts every Tuesday at 8:45pm from the end of July to mid-September. You can get complete information on any of the events in town at the Office de Tourisme.
ATMs/Banks -- You’ll find ATMs in Place de la Cathédrale or at the intersection of rue Kléber, avenue de la République and rue Stanislas.
Doctors & Hospitals -- Hopitaux Civils de Colmar, 39 avenue de la Liberté (www.ch-colmar.fr; [tel] 03-89-12-40-00).
Mail & Postage -- La Poste, 34 avenue de la République ([tel] 36-31).
Pharmacies -- Pharmacie du Cigne, 31 rue des Tetes ([tel] 03-89-41-30-09).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.