Paris Day Trip to Colmar, Best Itinerary

Paris Day Trip Colmar, Itinerary

Day trip to Colmar from Paris, Guide

Colmar is a gem in the Alsace region of France, known for its enchanting old town, well-preserved medieval and early Renaissance architecture, and vibrant cultural scene. The town is famous for its colorful half-timbered houses, narrow streets, and flower-filled canals that resemble something out of a fairytale. Colmar exudes a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, making it a lovely place to explore on foot. It's a town that seems frozen in time, with its beauty and history making it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking an authentic French experience and this is one of the most popular day trips from Paris. A day trip from Paris to Colmar is quite an adventure! Here's a suggested itinerary for a full day:

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Early Morning

Departure from Paris: Catch an early train from Gare de l'Est to Colmar. The journey takes around 2.5 to 3 hours by train (TGV), so try to leave as early as possible to make the most of your day. Purchase your tickets online through the official SNCF website.


Arrival in Colmar: Upon arrival, head straight to the Old Town. Take a leisurely walk through the cobblestone streets and soak in the beautiful architecture.

Visit Little Venice: Explore the famous "La Petite Venise - Little Venice" area with its charming canals, colorful houses, and small bridges. It's a photographer's paradise!

La Petite Venise
Day trip to Colmar from Paris, Itinerary


Lunch: Enjoy a delightful Alsatian meal at one of the local restaurants. Try some regional specialties like tarte flambée, choucroute, or local wines.


Visit Museums: Depending on your interests, visit the Unterlinden Museum to see the Isenheim Altarpiece or the Bartholdi Museum dedicated to the creator of the Statue of Liberty.

Stroll Around: Take some time to wander around the markets (if they're open) or simply explore the streets and shop for souvenirs or local products.
Buy tickets to Unterlinden Museum directly on the official website, the same for Bartholdi Museum.

Statue of Liberty in Colmar
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Late Afternoon/Early Evening:

Relax and Enjoy: Sit down at a café or along the canal, relax, and soak up the ambiance before heading back to the train station. If time allows, take a relaxing break in one of Colmar's parks, such as the Parc du Champ de Mars.

Christmas Markets:

• If you visit during the holiday season, explore the enchanting Christmas markets where you can find handcrafted goods, local delicacies, and festive decorations.

Return to Paris:

Head Back to Paris: Catch an evening train back to Paris. Plan your return trip to Paris in the evening.

Remember a day trip might feel a bit rushed, but it's still a wonderful way to experience the beauty and culture of Colmar. Colmar's Old Town is best explored on foot, so wear comfortable shoes and check the weather forecast and dress accordingly, especially in colder months.

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Best Restaurants in Colmar

Wistub de la Petite Venise - a classic Alsatian restaurant located in the heart of Colmar's picturesque "Little Venice" area. It serves authentic Alsatian specialties in a rustic setting.
4 Rue de la Poissonnerie, Google Map

Wistub de la Petite Venise - known for its refined French cuisine and extensive wine list, this restaurant offers a delightful dining experience.
1 Pl. des 6 Montagnes Noires, Google Map

Restaurant L'incontournable - known for its traditional Alsatian cuisine, this restaurant offers a cozy atmosphere and delicious regional dishes.
23 Rue d'Alspach, Google Map

Brasserie des Tanneurs - a brasserie with a relaxed atmosphere serving both traditional Alsatian and French dishes. The outdoor seating is particularly lovely in good weather.
12 Rue des Tanneurs, Google Map

Best Hotels in Colmar

Hotel Stars Price/ Photo
L'Esquisse Hotel & Spa Colmar - Mgallery 4 VIEW
Relais & Chateaux La Maison Des Tetes 4 VIEW
Hotel Le Colombier 4 VIEW
Novotel Suites Colmar Centre 4 VIEW
James Boutique Hotel Colmar centre 4 VIEW
Mercure Colmar Centre Unterlinden 4 VIEW
Hotel L'Europe 4 VIEW
Hotel Quatorze 4 VIEW

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