16 Nov The best Instagram spots in Colmar
Well known for its colorful houses, Colmar is a French city that deserves a visit. It’s located in East of France, in the region of Alsace at the border of Germany. Would it be in December for the Christmas market or at any other time of the year (some of my photos were taken in summer), this town is a dream! I have made here the list of the best Instagram spots in Colmar. You will see that wandering in Colmar is like stepping into a fairy tale!
My father was born and raised in the Alsace region. I always love to visit here therefore I took a lot of pleasure to write this guide for you!
Where and when to take pictures in Colmar?
Where to take pictures in Colmar?
First and foremost you have to know that Colmar is not a village: it’s the third largest commune in the Alsace region after Strasbourg and Mulhouse. So the city might be bigger than what you expected! Most of the best Instagram spots in Colmar are located in the Old Town, around an area called “La Petite Venise”. La Petite Venise or Little Venice is the name given to the course of the Lauch River in Colmar. This name probably came from the original line of the houses on both sides of the river, which serves the southeast of the city.
When to take pictures in Colmar?
Colmar is a very touristy city, so the earlier in the morning you go to those best Instagram spots, the better! It is more crowded during the weekends and during the Christmas period.
Maison dite “Au Pèlerin”
This lovely timbered house is THE most famous spot in Colmar because it’s often decorated! For the Holiday the house is covered with beautiful Christmas decorations and there is a Christmas tree in front of it! You have to capture it for your Instagram! In my summer photo, the decoration was promoting the famous cycle tour Tour de France happening every summer in the country.
Location: at the crossroads of the Grand’Rue and the Place de l’Ancienne Douane.
Bridge in rue des tanneurs
Close to the Marché Couvert (Covered Market) in the street named Rue des tanneurs you will find a bridge with a very nice view of the Lauch River and the colorful houses of the area. This is one of the best Instagram spots in Colmar because you can capture both the river and the half-timbered houses!
If you want you can buy some fresh products at the covered market (fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, bread and pastries…). It’s open every day except on Mondays. More info here: https://marche-couvert-colmar.fr/ (sorry it’s in French only)
Location: 13 rue des Ecoles, Quartier de la Petite Venise, 68000 Colmar
Quai de la poissonnerie
Quai de la poissonnerie is a street full of pretty colorful half-timbered houses. If you pass the Bridge rue des tanneurs (mentioned before) having the covered market in your back you will be in this street.
Some interesting houses in the street that are part of the best Instagram spots:
- the pink house with angel decorations: 10 quai de la poissonnerie
- Maison Alsacienne de Biscuiterie: they sell local biscuits and pastries. 11 quai de la poissonnerie
- Souvenir shop: 13 quai de la poissonnerie
- Restaurant La Fleur de Sel: they have a terrace over the river. 9 quai de la poissonnerie http://www.lafleurdeselcolmar.fr
Location: Quai de la poissonnerie 68000 Colmar
Accommodation info: You can rent an apartment with Home Petite Venise at the 11 quai de la poissonnerie. More info here: Les Appartements de Home Petite Venise
Bridge in rue des écoles
On the other side of the Marché Couvert (Covered Market), in the street named Rue des écoles, you will find a second bridge offering a very instagrammable view of the Lauch River and the pretty houses of the Quai de la poissonnerie. Both sides of the bridge are photogenic!
Location: Rue des écoles 68000 Colmar
Au Vieux Pignon
This souvenir shop named “Au Vieux Pignon” is decorated all year long and they change the ornaments every season. You can admire here the summer version with huge flowers and cute hearts on the windows. In winter you can see some penguins, polar bears and gift boxes! It’s very instagrammable for sure!
Location: 52 rue des marchands 68000 Colmar
Pont St Pierre
This bridge over the Lauch River is named Pont St Pierre. I could stare at this view for hours: it looks so magical! Of course this had to be part of my best Instagram spots in Colmar!
From this spot you can take a flat-bottomed boat and go on a boat trip on the Lauch River. You will discover Colmar from another angle! https://www.barques-colmar.fr/en/ . It costs 6 euros per person and the guided boat tour lasts 25 min.
Location: Pont St Pierre, Boulevard Saint-Pierre 68000 Colmar
Brasserie des tanneurs
The restaurant Brasserie des Tanneurs has a very pretty storefront that you might want to capture for Instagram. The interior is also very cute with the wooden traditional decor! More info: Tripadvisor Brasserie des Tanneurs. It’s very popular among tourists so if you want to eat here, better book in advance or arrive early.
Location: 12 Rue des Tanneurs 68000 Colmar
Which other towns to visit in Alsace?
Colmar is not the only beautiful city in Alsace! You will find colorful half-timbered houses in many places. Here is a list of the cities and villages you should visit:
- Strasbourg: the capital city of the Alsace region and the formal seat of the European Parliament and other international institutions. The city is blessed with an enchanting Old Town, standing on an island over the Ill River. It is now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site! The best place to take pictures there is the district of Petite France with many half-timbered houses. The Cathedral is one of the major landmark of the city.
- Riquewihr (here in the pictures): a medieval village standing on hill surrounded by vineyards. The Old Town is very picturesque with its cobbled streets and pretty rainbow houses. It is one of the most beautiful villages in France!
- Eguisheim: this village is full of traditional medieval half-timbered houses, cute fountains and flowers! It has been granted the prestigious 4* ville fleuri award (the highest award for flowery villages)! It is also one of the most beautiful villages in France.
- Ribeauvillé: a small town with picturesque traditional houses many dating from the 16th century and a beautiful Town Hall from the 18th century.
- Kaysersberg: a small town with a medieval town center, setting in the middle of vineyards and forested hills.
What else to do in Alsace?
I highly recommend you to visit the Alsace region in France and stay for a few days as it has a lot to offer:
- The most charming cities and villages (see above),
- Castles: like the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle https://www.haut-koenigsbourg.fr/en/, or the Hohlandsbourg castle http://www.chateau-hohlandsbourg.com/en/ (but there are many others!)
- Hikes: there are more than 17,000 km of marked trails in Alsace. Check them here: https://www.visit.alsace/en/activities-and-recreation/hikes-and-walks/
- The Eagle Park: located in the Kintzheim Castle you can see here a breathtaking aerial show with buzzards, black-eared kites, vultures and other birds of prey! https://www.voleriedesaigles.com/
- See the monkeys at La Montagne des singes: 200 Barbary macaques roaming free in 60 acres of beautiful forest https://www.montagnedessinges.com/en/
- The amazing local gastronomy: specialities such as tartes flambées, traditional choucroute, rösti, spätzle, pretzels, liver dumplings, or Baeckeoffe. And of course you have to pair your food with the famous wines of Alsace!
I hope I convinced you to book a trip here!! I promise you will love it!