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Daytrip to Colmar from Strasbourg

by ruben__ariel Online Now Jun 9, 2011 at 7:51 PM

My wife and I will stay in Strasbourg a few days and we want to make a day trip to Colmar. The options to go to Colmar are on Sunday or on Monday. What day would be better taking into account shops, tourist attractions and, probably, a short trip by bus to Eguisheim or Riquewihr? Besides walking around town, we'd like to go to some shops, churches, cafes, etc.
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    Re: Daytrip to Colmar from Strasbourg

    by Maryimelda Online Now Jun 9, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Probably Monday would be best if you want to go shopping. Many shops close on Sundays. You'll find all the shops, churches, cafes etc as you walk around the town. Most buses leave from the bus station which is situated right outside the Tourist Info office in the Old Town. To get to the Old Town from the Train Staion, you can either catch a bus from the front of the Train Station or walk straight ahead about 100 metres from the Train Station and turn left on the main road. This will take you to the Old Town via Raptis (sp?) Park. Do walk through the park as it is beautiful. Lovely gardens, a beautiful old carousel, fountains and statues, all well worth a look. They also have one of those train bus thingys which will take you round the most important sights for a small fee. This also goes from the square not far from the Tourist Info office. It's bright green, you can't miss it.

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    Re: Daytrip to Colmar from Strasbourg

    by Beausoleil Online Now Jun 9, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Monday would probably be better. Many shops will be closed on Sunday. However, museums and some restaurants are often closed on Mondays so check the web sites of specific things you want to see. Obviously churches will be open either day but you can't take photos during services and that could be a consideration on Sunday, especially in the morning.

    While in Colmar, don't miss the Unterlinden Museum with the beautiful Issenheim Altarpiece. There is a free audioguide when you pay your entrance to the museum and it is very helpful. They are currently restoring the Altarpiece but it will still be on view . . . at least that is the promise. They close on Tuesdays during part of the year and I'm not sure when you are going, but you should be fine on Sunday or Monday.

    There are boat tours of the canals. Colmar is the Venice of Alsace. They aren't gondolas but it is still fun, especially from Spring to late Autumn when all the flowers are blooming. You drift past the flower-decked houses and restaurants enjoying the old town. Highly recommended.

    We've also seen folks on horse and carriage rides through town and it looks like great fun although we've never tried it.

    If you have a choice between Eguisheim and Riquewihr, I'd choose Eguisheim. Given that both are very picturesque, we found Eguisheim more picturesque. There were not nearly the crowds we met in Riquewihr so touring was much easier. In Riquewihr, tour buses drop literally hundreds of people and although it's cute, it is very crowded. We truly enjoyed Eguisheim much more. It was busy, but not overwhelming. They are both pretty. Your bus schedule may determine your choice . . .

    Type Colmar, Eguisheim and Riquewihr into the VT Search Window above and see what VT members have already written about them. There will be Tips, reviews, photos and additional web links to help you. If you haven't visited Obernai, it is definitely worth a visit too. Most of the little wine villages are utterly charming. You will enjoy whichever ones you choose.

    Have a wonderful trip.

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  • Re: Daytrip to Colmar from Strasbourg

    by ruben__ariel Online Now Jun 10, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Thank you so much. Your info was very useful!

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