Colmar France

Old May 16th, 2013, 09:49 AM
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Colmar France

Looking to spend a few days before a River Cruise. Has anyone been to Colmar, France - for a wine tour. Any suggestions for a place to stay close to the train - as we do not have a car. Also - do you recommend the wine tour - or should we get a car and do our own thing??

Any other suggestions for place to visit??
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Old May 16th, 2013, 10:02 AM
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Where is your port for the river cruise? We took a barge trip from Strasbourg and visited Colmar as part of the trip. I was impressed with Colmar as a very pleasant place to visit. I can't help with hotel recommendations for Colmar, but I can for Strasbourg.
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Colmar is a very interesting place. We day-tripped there from Strasbourg--no car or tour neeed.
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Old May 16th, 2013, 11:03 AM
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I loved Colmar - and though there are wine houses in town the vineyards themselves swirl around the town - strung along the Alsace Wine Road which runs from Colmar to the German border to the north - this road skirts the foothills of the Vosges mountains and has cute wine villages every few miles - like famous Reiquewehr (sp?) and Ribeauville and others - you can take local buses to those towns or there is train service as well though the stations can be a long hike from the towns.

Or rent a car (or bicycle - I biked the road and it is a good biking venue.

In Colmar itself check out the Statue of Liberty - a mini copy in the town where the sculptor of the real statue made the parts of the statue that were then shipped to New York.

Colmar is a lovely town with canals and half-timbered buildings, etc.
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What is your recommendation for Strasbourg?
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I went to Colmar, intending to stay a night. I stayed a week.

It's more than a lovely town.

You can walk to the town, with luggage in tow; it's not that far.

A great hotel, the Mercure, is situated right in the middle of a park. Look out your window and see the fountains.

http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-1225...rs/index.shtml
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Our river cruise leaves from Basel Switzerland. We have made several trips to Switzerland in the past, so thought a few days in France would be a nice change from the river cruise itinerary which is mostly through Germany. We are mostly interested in general impression of the town, is there enough to do for 2 days? Also looking for hotels within walking distance of the train station as previously stated. We love wine so would also like to experience the wine tours available.
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What do you mean by walking distance? Colmar is not a really large town - to me at least every hotel in town would be within walking distance of the station - but that is me and I love to walk - a long walk for some is anything more than a few minutes.

for 2 days? well IMO not in the city itself - I day-tripped from Strasbourg and most of a day here was enough.

Strasbourg to me is one of Europe's vastly underrated cities for tourists - few ever talk about it here but to me it is fantastic - consider basing there and doing a day trip to Colmar IMO - lots to see and do in Strasbourg besides its world-famous cathedral - old canals and a neat old part of town and strikingly modern architecture in the city's European Union section on the periphery - can take boats there from the town center.

And in Strasbourg you have a raft of hotels smack by the train station -I stayed at the IBIS (www.accorhotels.com) - an inexpensive modern chain hotel found throughout Europe.

Strasbourg has good rail links back to Basel - cross the Rhine on a shuttle train and hop on the mainline to Basel. From Colmar you would train directly to Basel.
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You can catch a train from Colmar to Turckheim, which is lovely village, where there's a Cave de Turckheim less than 1km from the train station. You can just walk in & taste lots of local wines there. But it's a good idea to hire a car for the day, to really enjoy wandering through those picturesque small villages such as Kayserburg, Riquewihr, Ribeauville, Eguisheim, Niedermorschwihr etc. Lots of vineyards around there!
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My husband and I are going to be in Colmar in July (part of our first trip to France). We have booked 4 nights at a B$B - Chez Leslie - highly rated on TA... enjoy your time...
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Thanks for the replies everyone has posted. The first stop on our river cruise is Strasborg, so that is why we thought we would check out a different area. Thanks for the description and highlights, can't wait to see Strasborg.
Walking distance for us (in our 60's) and pulling our suitcase would be a 10-15 minute walk. How does 1 day to explore town, and 1 day to do the wine tour sound???
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How does 1 day to explore town, and 1 day to do the wine tour sound???>

Great - the town is not that big - some nice restaurants, cafes by the old canal - in the Little Venice part of Colmar.

Yes if already going to be in Strasbourg then Colmar makes a nice nice place to stay.
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I have been looking at hotels and B&Bs in Colmar for an upcoming trip in December. Check out Villa Elyane. It is a B&B about 300 meters from the train station that gets rave reviews.
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