The Best Instagram Spots in Colmar

Pont rue des tanneurs - Colmar, Alsace

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!

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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: Maison dite “Au Pèlerin” (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.

Location: Pont rue des Tanneurs

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


Location: Quai de la poissonnerie

Accommodation info: Would you like to stay in this house? Sounds good right?! Well, you can actually rent an apartment 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: Pont Rue des écoles 

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: Au Vieux Pignon gift shop

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! More info here: Barques Colmar . It costs 6 euros per person and the guided boat tour lasts 25 min.

Location: Pont St Pierre

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! It’s very popular among tourists so if you want to eat here, better book in advance or arrive early.

Location: Brasserie des Tanneurs

Which other cities and villages 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 , or the Hohlandsbourg castle  (but there are many others!)
  • Hikes: there are more than 17,000 km of marked trails in Alsace.
  • 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!
  • See the monkeys at La Montagne des singes: 200 Barbary macaques roaming free in 60 acres of beautiful forest
  • 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!

In Conclusion…

I hope I convinced you to book a trip here! Follow my steps to discover all the best photo spots in Colmar, I promise you will love it!

You should also take a look at this article if you are considering visiting here during Christmas season: A magical Christmas getaway in Alsace.

If you are looking for more recommendations of places to visit in France, I have many articles for you here: Travel in France.

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Hello! I am Ophélie, an avid traveller, photographer and foodista. I am French and I live in Paris.

This blog, will give you all my secrets: my best addresses (sightseeing and food) all around the world and in Paris, and my travel and lifestyle tips!


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  • Rianna Forrest
    Posted at 20:17h, 14 January Reply

    Really useful post! Thank you! I am going here on Friday. Did you go out really early in the morning to get those shots without any people in the background? xx

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 06:01h, 15 January Reply

      Hi Rianna! Yes I usually go shooting at sunrise in all the places I visit, the best way to avoid people in your photos!

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      Posted at 12:32h, 19 April Reply

      Thank you very much for your feedback!

  • Jiayi Wang
    Posted at 11:35h, 09 May Reply

    Ophelie these photos are beautiful and you showed us some truly gorgeous spots!! Saving this for my future trip to Colmar 🙂

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:39h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you Jiayi! This city is so photogenic all year long!

  • Caroline Muller
    Posted at 13:23h, 09 May Reply

    It is making me want to travel even more than ever! Colmar was so pretty in the winter but looks even better in the summer!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:40h, 09 May Reply

      The city is so lovely in summer because the temperatures are much nicer than in winter Caro! But Christmas in colmar is so special <3 !

  • Elina Michaelidou
    Posted at 13:48h, 09 May Reply

    Perfect spots! It reminded me of the places I visited in Colmar many years ago as part of a school trip to France!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:40h, 09 May Reply

      Colmar is so magical Elina! Maybe you will get the opportunity to see this city again!

  • Ellie Green
    Posted at 14:10h, 09 May Reply

    The cutest town!! I would love to go back during the summer, thanks for all the tips!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:42h, 09 May Reply

      It’s really cute in summer too! I love this region so much Ellie!

  • World of Lina
    Posted at 14:15h, 09 May Reply

    Omg Colmar looks like out of a fairy tale! Your photos are a dream 💕

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:42h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you Alina! Colmar is such a pretty town indeed!

  • Suvarna Arora
    Posted at 14:27h, 09 May Reply

    It’s such a fairytale place in summers and winters both. I wish I could visit this year or may be next.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:43h, 09 May Reply

      Colmar is really a beautiful town all year long Suvarna! I hope you can travel here asap!

  • Antonia Hiesgen
    Posted at 15:04h, 09 May Reply

    What gorgeous pictures Ophélie! Being from the very west of Germany, I can’t believe I haven’t been there yet!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:44h, 09 May Reply

      Awww then I hope I motivated you to take a look at it asap Antonia! It’s so pretty that it worth the visit!

  • Katie | KatieGoes
    Posted at 15:25h, 09 May Reply

    Wow – you have such an amazing dress collection! Do they not crease in your luggage?

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:45h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you Katie! Many of my dresses are made of chiffon fabric, which doesn’t crease: that’s the secret 😉

  • Bliss
    Posted at 15:50h, 09 May Reply

    What beautiful photos. I’d love to visit colmar, it looks so pretty.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:46h, 09 May Reply

      Colmar is so charming Bliss! Hopefully you can visit it one day!

  • Kariss Ainsworth
    Posted at 15:55h, 09 May Reply

    Oh my gosh this place is totally dreamy! This is going high on my list!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:46h, 09 May Reply

      I am happy to read this Kariss! You won’t regret to travel here!

  • Emma
    Posted at 17:08h, 09 May Reply

    Canon! Cette ville sort directement d’un compte de fee! Je n’y suis jamais allée, mais j’adorerai visiter a Noel! Oh et tu m’as donne tellement faim avec cette flammekueche 😀

    • Emma
      Posted at 17:10h, 09 May Reply

      un CONTE de FEES! C’est mieux comme ca 🙂

      • Limitlesssecrets
        Posted at 20:48h, 09 May Reply

        Ahah no worries 😀

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:47h, 09 May Reply

      Oh c’est super Emma tu vas adorer! Et la flammekueche c’est tellement bon! C’est facile à faire à la maison aussi 😉

  • Iuliya
    Posted at 18:20h, 09 May Reply

    So pretty! Bookmarking this for sure

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:22h, 10 May Reply

      Colmar is such a charming city Iuliya!

  • Ruth
    Posted at 18:36h, 09 May Reply

    Your photos are amazing! I love Colmar and the entire Alsace region. I want to go back, visit more towns, and taste wine. I know there are pretty cool castles too. Being there is like being in a story. Sounds cheesy but it is true.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:23h, 10 May Reply

      You are so right Ruth! My father is born in Alsace and I cannot get enough of it!

  • Sophie
    Posted at 18:45h, 09 May Reply

    Colmar looks like an absolute fairytale. I’d love to visit here when we’re able to travel again. It’s hard to believe this place is real! Thanks so much for sharing all these tips!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:25h, 10 May Reply

      Colmar has such a fairy tale vibes right Sophie?! I hope you can see it with your own eyes!

  • Kriszti
    Posted at 20:05h, 09 May Reply

    Colmar looks like a true fairytale city, I love all those beautifully decorated houses! I would love to visit once, especially around Christmas time 🙂

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:27h, 10 May Reply

      During Christmas it becomes ever better Kriszti! You will love it!

  • Tyra seguin
    Posted at 20:20h, 09 May Reply

    SO so so beautiful! Looks like a fairtytale !

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:28h, 10 May Reply

      It’s such a dream here Tyra!

  • Elena Pappalardo
    Posted at 21:38h, 09 May Reply

    I am so glad I came across your beautiful post because Colmar is one of my dream places!!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:30h, 10 May Reply

      Awww you have to visit Elena! This city is so pleasant! You will love to wander around here!

  • Michelle
    Posted at 22:49h, 09 May Reply

    These all looks so beautiful. I would love to visit Colmar, especially during the holiday season! Thanks for a great share!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:32h, 10 May Reply

      It’s quite beautiful during Christmas Michelle! The ambiance is so dreamy!

  • Taylor
    Posted at 23:01h, 09 May Reply

    This is an amazing Instagram guide Ophelie! Alsace is such a happy place and every time I see a post from there, it makes me excited for when I eventually go back. I went during summer, but want to visit during Christmastime next. 🙂

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:35h, 10 May Reply

      You will see the city is even prettier during the Holiday Taylor!

  • Anna
    Posted at 01:13h, 10 May Reply

    The more I see about Colmar, the more I want to visit! I had no idea that it was so large of a town. It looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale! So beautiful!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:37h, 10 May Reply

      I can tell you, you will love to stroll around here Anna!

  • Bettina
    Posted at 01:24h, 10 May Reply

    I have never heard of Colmar until I saw you go there and now I really want to go as well! Love your photography as always! <3

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:38h, 10 May Reply

      Thank you Bettina! It’s not so far from Switzerland if ever you come back in the area!

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 01:45h, 10 May Reply

    Love the way you edited the photos! These are great spots.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:38h, 10 May Reply

      Thank you for the compliment Rebecca!

  • Fiona Mai
    Posted at 06:59h, 10 May Reply

    Such beautiful photos! I love all your dresses and the photo angles that you took.. I especially adore the pink house on Quai de la poissonnerie – so cute and fairytale-like. Saving this post now as I will definitely need it for my next trip to Colmar!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:40h, 10 May Reply

      Thank you for your feedback Fiona! I also adore this pink house! I am sure you will love it even better in real!

  • Mayuri Patel
    Posted at 07:10h, 10 May Reply

    Such beautiful Photos, Colmar looks so gorgeous and you are adding more colors by creating best photos. You have written detailed guide to Colmar. My favorite is Brasserie de tanneurs, its so cute.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:41h, 10 May Reply

      Many thanks Mayuri! I am glad you enjoyed the photos! Hopefully one day you will able to see those cute buildings by yourself!

  • Portia Jones
    Posted at 08:22h, 10 May Reply

    Oh my word, your pictures are incredible! I have seen a few guides to Colmar but your is definitely the most colourful and have the best snaps. It’s been high on my travel list for a while now but your guide really makes me want to go. x

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:42h, 10 May Reply

      I am really flattered by your compliment Portia, Thank you! I hope you can come here soon!

  • Melissa
    Posted at 08:28h, 10 May Reply

    This is like a fairytale! I live in Berlin, so not too far away. The moment travel opens, I am putting this place at the TOP of my list!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:43h, 10 May Reply

      Happy to read this Melissa! It’s indeed really close from Germany!

  • Bidisha
    Posted at 10:50h, 10 May Reply

    Wow, this post was magical. Your pictures look like they are right out of a fairytale. I would so love to visit Colmar some day.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:46h, 10 May Reply

      Thank you Bidisha! I wish you to get this opportunity!

  • Charlotte Lint
    Posted at 10:54h, 10 May Reply

    Loved these little towns during Christmas! Your dresses really make the photos pop even more!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:46h, 10 May Reply

      Thank you Charlotte! It’s the kind of places you just want to visit again and again right?!

  • Francesca
    Posted at 15:38h, 10 May Reply

    Wow, your pictures are absolutely stunning! Colmar looks like a fairytale, especially at Christmas!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 18:47h, 10 May Reply

      Thank you Francesca! The holiday season creates such a special vibes, that Colmar gets even better!

  • Carrie
    Posted at 23:55h, 10 May Reply

    Amazing photos! I would love to visit around the holidays and see all the decorations, but Colmar looks beautiful at any time of year as well.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 11:35h, 17 May Reply

      Indeed Carrie it’s beautiful all year long! But I highly recommend to visit it during the Christmas season!

  • Urban Wanders
    Posted at 21:12h, 11 May Reply

    Colmar looks like it was taken straight out of a fairytale and your photos couldn’t be any more gorgeous! Would love to get the chance to visit one day as well!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 11:36h, 17 May Reply

      I hope you will have this opportunity! You will enjoy it for sure!

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