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A weekend in the prettiest Christmas village: Strasbourg and Colmar

Christmas is one of my favorite moments of the year: Decorations, presents, food and sometimes even snow! There is no better way to celebrate the end of the year. This December was even more special to me as I was invited to spend a beautiful weekend in Alsace and enjoy the magical spirit of Christmas in two beautiful cities: Strasbourg and Colmar.

Colmar
Most beautiful town in Europe: Colmar

What to do in Colmar?

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I woke up very early to catch one of the first trains to reach Colmar from Strasbourg. On weekends local trains tend to run every hour and get especially busy due to the famous Christmas markets which take place pretty much everywhere in the region. The two cities are very close to each other, just a bit more than 30 minutes of train to connect Strasbourg and Colmar so no excuse not to visit both even during a short stay in Alsace!

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Colmar is quite small and that’s why I haven’t planed a long list of things to see. I usually like to plan and pin many of the streets, houses and sites that I wish to see in advance but I also love to wander around and let myself explore without having to rush from places to places. And Colmar was perfect for that: It’s small enough to give you the time to take the time and big enough to offer you many things to see as well.

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I started the day by visiting the most famous part of Colmar: Little Venice. Full of colorful houses and charming little streets, Little Venice is an absolute must-see. Arriving early allowed me to enjoy the iconic view over the river almost alone and take the time that I needed to shoot my content without annoying anyone!

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Before all the tourists arrived, I had a first look at the streets surrounding the Christmas markets. The little town is full of beautiful alleys which look absolutely gorgeous in December with the decorations. I am sure Colmar would like even prettier in summer time when all the flowers and trees are in bloom!

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Most beautiful town in Europe: Colmar

While in Colmar, it would be a shame not to spend some time going from Christmas markets to Christmas markets. There are plenty of different places to look for them around the city and they usually sell local food, antique, home made Christmas decorations and souvenirs. The selection is impressive and attracts a lot of people! So if you have the choice,I would strongly recommend to visit the markets either very early or on a week day.

Most beautiful town in Europe: Colmar
What to see in Colmar
What to see in Colmar
What to see in Colmar
Strasbourg
The prettiest towns of Europe

What to see in Strasbourg?

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Just like Colmar, Strasbourg is one of those destinations that shine during Christmas season. Alsace region is proud of its long Christmas history and tradition and Strasbourg definitely is the best place to feel and live the Christmas spirit.

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My first recommendation would be to start by the very iconic and famous “Petite France”. Strasbourg is surrendered by the Ill river which creates a series of canals in the west side of the city. The little area is called “Little France” and is absolutely gorgeous: Colorful facades, typical houses of Alsace, it’s the first glimpse at the city that everyone needs to visit Strasbourg.

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From there, the best itinerary would be to walk north east in direction of the Kleber Place. The big square located in the center of the city is home to many big French retailers such as Galeries Lafayette. If like me, you are not really a shopping-addict, simply skip the shops to walk to the other side of the square where stands one of the biggest Christmas tree I have ever seen so far.

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Once again, there are many different Christmas markets all around the city and it’s of course possible to visit every one of them during one half day. I don’t usually buy souvenirs but I love to try local specialities. The food in Alsace is very (very!) generous and absolutely delicious. A strict diet is highly recommended the week before your visit! 😉

After so much food, walking is always appreciated, so why not paying a visit to the prettiest streets of the city? Covered of an avalanche of decorations, Strasbourg is definitely the kingdom of Christmas. The decorations are massive and every single one of the buildings of the city is absolutely beautiful. The ones you absolutely don’t want to miss would be in Rue des Orfèvres and Rue du Maroquin but don’t forget to walk by the gorgeous Kammerzell house or the beautiful Place de la Cathédrale.

Snow in Strasbourg
The most beautiful city in Europe
A weekend in Strasbourg
A weekend in Strasbourg

Here it is for this little Christmas guide of Strasbourg and Colmar! I do hope you enjoyed it and will pay a visit to those two gorgeous little towns! I am already planning a new trip to Alsace this summer to enjoy all the beautiful little villages hidden in the region!

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Have you been to Strasbourg or Colmar? What was your favourite Christmas market experience so far? Tell me more about it in the comments section!

17 Comments
  • nice post and great tipps! the alsace is definitely on my travel-list this year! i‘ll come back to this for sure! 😉

    keep it up, good sir!
    greetings from germany!

    thomas
    ( @themodernleper )

    19 janvier 2018 at 2:39
  • Lorenzo
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    Strasbourg looks so pretty! Thanks for give me an idea for my next trip. Also your photos are always stunning
    ( @lorenzo_sassano )

    19 janvier 2018 at 2:49
  • Halima
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    I can’t help but fall in love with those sunset pictures of Strasbourg! What a pretty little city.
    Great post!

    (@_halliie)

    19 janvier 2018 at 2:58
  • C’est tellement joli, féerique… On est transporté dans le temps à travers tes photos J’adore ces maisons colorées et les petits ponts. Ma sœur est déjà allée à Strasbourg et elle a adoré, quand tu y étais j’arrêtais pas de lui dire va voir les photos d’Alex Ça lui a fait plaisir de revoir l’Alsace à travers tes magnifiques photos

    19 janvier 2018 at 3:39
  • (nana_lrb)

    19 janvier 2018 at 3:40
  • WOW your photos are beautiful!!

    And I love the way you talk in this post. It feels very personable and conversational. Very nice job 🙂

    Hannah
    (Hannahnn_)

    19 janvier 2018 at 8:08
  • Rae
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    Excellent article! I’d love to visit one day- it looks like a fairytale.
    (littleletterer)

    20 janvier 2018 at 1:18
  • Rachelhbradshaw@gmail.com
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    The photos are breathtakingly good! Such detail! Well done

    (@Photosbyrachb)

    20 janvier 2018 at 11:43
  • Your photos are gorgeous!! I love Christmas and now I want to visit these towns you shared. {@book_junkee}

    22 janvier 2018 at 3:16

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