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The far eastern Alsace region of France is one of the most important ones in terms of economy, social development and the culture of the whole country. In addition to its known strengths usually sought to hide it more true cultural treasures, some of them little known among tourists.

Colmar townspeople rightly say that if you want to know Alsace and not get in their city, only half the goal is reached. It is not pride but a reality because this city perhaps best sums up the complexity of space that surrounds it. Before arriving here the traveler goes to the pleasure of admiring the vineyards which “revolves” the urban center. On the other hand, only in here you can find specifics of the settlement and to tip the economic balance. Colmar is located on a “road of wine” and the distinction of having even a “capital of Alsatian wine.”

Colmar old town

The appearance or harmony of the city is the result of a slow but continuously development process over several centuries. The mere fact of being a “hub” important in the ancient region ensured a constant evolution, both territorially and functionally. This explains the striking difference between the old center located in suburban areas and the newest sites of the area.

The old town managed to preserve a great number of historically charged streets, alleys and buildings dating from the remote Middle Ages, which also include parts of the outdoor museum. One of the most valuable historical monuments is the church of St. Martin, which was built in 1230 on the old Roman palace. The church has a balcony for the choir which dates from 1350 and a spire that rises to a height of 70 m.

Colmar, gothic Saint Martin Collegiate church

Dominican Church hides one of the greatest cultural treasures of the city: Martin Schongauer painting called ‘young rose “, painted in 1473. Very few people know that the city of Colmar is the birthplace of the father of one of the most famous monuments and symbols of the world: the Statue of Liberty in New York.

In memory of the French sculptor Auguste Frederika, Berthold (1834-1904) there was a museum in the house where the artist was born. Among the major exhibits several plans are included and drawn to scale models and some documents related to the building process. Because of the numerous splendid spots, the city of Colmar will most definitely contribute to the beauty of your travelling experience every time you visit it.