During World War II, Colmar remained innocent because of the beauty of the scene so that all sides were not bombed.
Colmar is known as one of the most beautiful villages in France, located about 64 km southwest of Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, and is located right by the romantic Lauch river. The place is also in favor of travelers named “Little Venice” in the heart of France.
Despite its small size, just over 66 square kilometers, Colmar is still the third largest village in the northeast. The house is built mainly from wood and is very well preserved with rectangular windows, bricklaying and romantic flowers.
Despite being one of the modern, developing countries in the world, Colmar retains a slim, slow-moving lifestyle. This is also a factor that distinguishes the village from Venice – where crowded and busy visitors every day. On Tuesdays, people often practice traditional dance in the square.
Historically, Colmar was discovered in the ninth century and was once the site of Charles III (Charles the Fat) as a place to host the diet. Under the reign of Emperor Frederick II (1226), the village was declared an independent city but later occupied by wars.
During World War II, many of Colmar’s neighborhoods were bombed and destroyed, but the village itself remained steady through the storm. Those who love the gentle, romantic here often explained that the beauty of the village has made the soldiers so captivated not bombs.
Located in the Alsace region on the eastern border of France, Colmar’s historical culture and architectural style are strongly influenced by its neighbor, Germany. Colmar is also referred to as a sub-Venice “La petite Venise”. Here, you will see why Colmar is so likable because Colmar is small, pretty with colorful bungalows painted like colorful houses made of gingerbread flour in the fairy tale Hansel and Greitel. The marble slabs into the lovely squares of the road, leading through the main bridge to the village, stands here to see Renaissance architecture as the mainstay of most of the buildings of the village, A very clear architectural simulation through the sloping roof, the tile roof coloring into subtle patterns.
The most impressive is the intermingling of modern architecture with colorful walls, some old wooden buildings remain intact after hundreds of years. Sitting on the clear blue water, close to the wood with the old reddish brown roof tiles together with the windows are stylized style enough, quiet passage side of the balcony covered with flowers impressed for guest.
Some well-known works on the tourist list include the 14th-century Maison Adolph, a Gothic (Germanic-style dome) gothic building.
In addition, the Maison Pfister, Ancien Corps de Garde or Ancien Hospital are built between 1537-1744 and bold French architecture. A museum called Bartholdi also attracts crowds thanks to preserving and exhibiting the artifacts of Frederic Barthldi – the designer of the Statue of Liberty in the United States.
Japanese animation fans of Studio Ghibli will remember the village of bustling Howl’s Moving Castle, full of color and boldly in ancient Europe. Actually, the idea of the film scene was inspired by Colmar after Hayao Miyazaki – the director and founder of Ghibli after he roamed a Christmas market in this area.
In addition to the poetic beauty of architecture and spiritual life, Colmar is also known for its famous vineyards in France. The village always has light rays and dry weather, so the process of wine processing is also more favorable. Every year, the Colmar people celebrate this drink-related festival to share and taste new wines.
Winegrowers around the world are familiar with Colmar – the capital of the Alsace wine route (Route des Vins d’Alsace). You can spend a day renting a motorbike to get to the vineyards of Colmar, the green hills of the vineyards, the farms along the wine road connecting them.
Another important feature of Colmar is the origin of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904), the father of the statue of Liberty in America. There is a small museum named after him that displays pictures and objects in his work and life. A small statue of liberty is reproduced and placed on the alley leading to Colmar. Right in the town, many sites have statues and a road named after him.
In addition to wine, the famous food in the village is cakes. Of these, Kugelhopf is the most typical type with raisins and powdered sugar topped. Also tarte flambée – pizza-like but thinner, covered with cheese, cream sauce, onions and bacon.
Colmar is a town you can go to any time of the year, but the best time to visit here is during Christmas. Then the white snowflakes covered the roofs of gray, the walls are colorful, everywhere the decorations of Christmas are splendid, joyful. Colmar will now brighten, sparkle and fill the color. You will have no sense whether you are living in real life or walking into the fairy tale fairy tale you read when you were a child.