Colmar, France is like a page out of a Fairy Tale.
I didn't know this place existed until we moved to Germany and everyone talked about this magical city and its famous outdoor carousel. I wanted to go in the winter and see the town covered in snow, but we decided to go to Paris instead that year. Looking back now, I think going to Colmar in the spring was perfect.
Colamar is situated in the Northeastern region of France about a 3 hour drive from Mainz, Germany. So totally doable for a day trip.
When we arrived we parked in a parking garage called "Parking de la Mairie" it is in the center of the city and located underneath a grocery store, which was convenient to pick up snacks for the ride home after. It was about 2-3 euro per hour, which wasn't too bad.
When you take the elevator up, exit the supermarket on your right hand side and you'll see the trams parked outside for tours. If you have a stroller or bike the attendants will provide locks for you so you can leave your items next to a fence nearby. The cost for the train was 6 euro per person and the ride was 45 mins.
We arrived at 11am and skipped the trams because it was so busy. Instead we made a bee line to "la Petite Venise" canal to do the boat tour. I highly recommend you do this ride before 3pm. We arrived and there was no line right at 12. The ride is 6 euro per person and lasts about 30 mins. It is such a beautiful and relaxing ride, you don't want to skip this.
We had lunch at an outdoor cafe, I ordered a chicken Cesar salad and a famous stew known as "Baeckeoffe" in the Alsace region, its a classic stew made with beef, carrots,mutton, pork, onions and juniper berries and other herbs and spices.
The word Baeckeoffe translates to "bakers oven" and is served in a large ceramic pot.
We bought a lot of pastries, gelato and macarons throughout the day because they are everywhere and with all that walking you need fuel to keep going. :)
I wish I could stop by every cafe there and eat delicious food and sip a cappuccino while people watching-maybe next time :)
|this place has the best macarons|
|my reason for breathing lol|
|Beauty and the Beast vibes|
sadly the outdoor carousel was closed but we did get a ride in the indoor one. This carousel, splash pad and park is located at "Champs de Mars Park'
This trip to Colmar was amazing. I hope to come back soon and explore more of this gorgeous city and to buy more macarons
I hope you put Colmar on your travel bucket list soon.