Colmar, France – A Fairy Tale Come True

Colmar is yet another charming town in France that is part of the Alsace region. It sits along the German border together with Strasbourg and literally has the “feels” of a fairy tale creation. No wonder, the small village square in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was inspired by this whimsical place.

The entire Alsace region has exchanged rule between Germany and France throughout the course of history. This resulted into a unique blend of cultural and architectural style that is both German and French, and one of the reasons why people are drawn to this little town.

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Tale as old as time :)

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Colmar remained considerably untouched for centuries. Since it’s treated as a protected area, it has benefited from careful restoration to keep the town as genuine as it is in the past centuries. What makes the town interesting is that the bright-colored paint of the houses actually have meaning and is used to indicate the line of work of the family living in the house — blue for fishermen, green for farmers, yellow for bakers, and so on. Some houses even have little hearts etched on the doors which meant that the woman in the house is either available or getting married. Cool, right?

Nowadays, these color codes are not followed anymore but the bright hues and half-timbered buildings became a known Alsatian style. It’s fascinating how much effort locals put in to decorate their own space. With decorated walls, fresh flowers arranged in window pots, antique items that adorned tiny spaces, it really feels like you’re living out of a fairy tale. My friends can hardly believe that such place exists when I posted photos on Facebook.

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colmar france

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Colmar can easily be explored in 2-3 hours on foot. The town is really small but there are enough restaurants, cafes, museums, boutique shops, and pretty streets to keep you busy the whole day. You can also take a side trip to the famous Alsace vineyards. We didn’t get to do this because the weather was gloomy and we’re not really wine drinkers but if you are, this is a perfect way to explore the countryside.

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After falling head over heels in love with the pretty French town of Annecy, and getting all absorbed with the loveliness of Talloires, I must say that Colmar captured my heart just as much. I love adding laidback towns like these in between our long travels. We take our time and really stroll at our own pace without the pressure of having to tick off places one after the other. I feel like it’s a good way to “semi-relax” and put a balance from wandering bigger cities like Paris. We were able to get around Colmar thrice in a day!

There is no shortage of pretty towns in France, isn’t it?

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  • Delilah

    Beautiful pictures! I had no idea the colors symbolized the family professions—really cool. I’ll have to visit the area sometime when I visit the in-laws in Paris.

    • I didn’t know about the meaning of the colors too ’til I was there! :)

      Hope you get to go soon!

  • Lieselot De Brauwer

    That town really looks like a fairy tale. I love the houses and their cute colours! Thanks for taking so many pics and now making me really really want to go :D

    • You should go when you visit France. The town is really pretty.

  • Felicia Broccolo

    ahh it totally looks like Beauty and the Beast!! so cool! Your post just made me fall in love with this city! Added to my list :)

    • It looks like Belle’s village right? The similarity is obvious! :)

  • Liz

    Colmar is so beautiful, it does look like in a Disney movie. Your pictures are amazing, I love the composition!

    • Thank you Liz! <3

  • Colmar is gorgeous!! I love the colors and the small houses lined up together. I will definitely add it to my list of places to visit in France!!

    • Yes please! Visit one of the charming little towns in the south of France. You will love it for sure. :)

  • claudi

    This really looks like a fairytale town! Very cute and so colorful :-) Thanks for sharing your photos and all the information. I totally wanna go to Colmar now!!

    • I’m glad that this inspired your wanderlust. I hope you get to go soon! :)

  • WanderingRedHead

    Wow this truly is a fairytale. How charming and lovely! I want to go!!!

    • It’s postcard perfect charming. ;)

  • Wow – how cool are the colours of the houses and even more, the colours relate to the occupations of the owners! Looks like a charming way to spend 2-3 hours exploring on foot! Thanks for the great pics and tips!
    Kristie – you.theworld.wandering

    • Totally possible to explore on foot in a span of a day. You can try dining al fresco in their pretty restaurants, too. :)

  • Dawn Nicholson

    Never heard of Colmar, but it is so pretty. I can definitely see why it would inspire a movie setting – it looks so perfect with all of the colourful houses. So interesting how the colours historically indicated ones trade. Next time I am in France, this area will be on my list!

    • There are a lot more pretty towns when you travel outside Paris. I hope you make it to Colmar next time!

  • Alice ford

    I love France and I have never been to Colmar. I love the history of the house colors that is so rad. I will definitely add this town to my next trip to France.

    • The houses’ color codes are so clever isn’t it?