Colmar, a magical family holiday getaway 468 km from Paris

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Published by Julie de Sortiraparis · Photos by Julie de Sortiraparis · Updated on March 18th, 2024 at 06:01 p.m.
Discover the splendid town of Colmar for the festive season! Enjoy boat trips, the Christmas market and the new Esquisse hotel, opening in 2023.

Colmar, a picturesque town in Alsace, is around 468 km from Paris. Travelers have several options for getting there from the French capital, including train, bus, car andplane. The fastest way is by train, with a journey time of around 2h22 to 2h46. Train ticket prices range from €21 to €280, depending on the operator and class chosen.

One of Colmar's most charming attractions is a boat trip through the "Petite Venise" district. This picturesque area, crossed by the Lauch River, offers an authentic experience through an enchanting landscape. Departures are from Pont Saint-Pierre, boulevard Saint-Pierre. These boat trips are available every day, except on certain dates, and cost €8 per person for a 25-minute guided tour. Children under 4 are free, and those up to 10 pay €4 (rates subject to change).

The Colmar Christmas Market, open from late November to late December, is a major cultural event in the region and one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Alsace. With six markets spread throughout the town, it offers a unique festive atmosphere. Locations include Place des Dominicains, Place de l'Ancienne douane, inside the Koïfhus, Place Jeanne d'Arc, Place des 6 montagnes noires, and the gourmet market at Place de la Cathédrale. The latter offers culinary delights with huts and numerous chefs. Market times vary, but are generally open Monday to Thursday from 11am to 7pm, and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 8pm. Covered pay parking is available nearby, with free park-and-ride at weekends.

And to visit this sublime city, why not try out the new Hotel Esquisse, opening in 2023?

Located in the historic heart ofColmar, close to the winding streets of the old town,Hôtel L'Esquisse inColmar is a contemporary establishment offering a unique experience. Surrounded by the verdant Champ de Mars park, the hotel features 62 rooms and suites paying homage to 20th-century modernism. It features a Clarins-brand spa, including a heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and hammam. Its restaurant, JY's, has been awarded two Michelin stars.

The hotel offers a variety of services and facilities to ensure a comfortable and luxurious stay. These include free Wi-Fi, self-service parking, valet parking, a bar, room service, an indoor swimming pool, a spa, Turkish baths and a sauna. The establishment is entirely non-smoking and accepts pets at an additional cost.

The hotel's rooms are well equipped, offering blackout curtains, soundproofing, air conditioning, desk, coffee/tea maker, cable/satellite TV, extra-long beds, walk-in shower, bathrobes, and private balcony. Rooms also feature a sitting area, sofa, telephone, VIP amenities and minibar.

Hotel guests can choose from a variety of room types, such as those with city views, monument views, bridal suites, non-smoking rooms, suites and family rooms. The hotel is classified as a romantic hotel and is also suitable for business travelers. It offers services in several languages, including French and English.

At L'Esquisse Hôtel & Spa Colmar - Mgallery, we particularly appreciate the location, cleanliness, catering and service. A special mention for the valet service, which takes your luggage directly to your room - a true 5-star experience! Prices are very high for the region (you'll find cheaper elsewhere), but the value for money remains amply justified.

In short, Colmar offers a magical getaway from Paris, with convenient transportation options, unforgettable boat rides in Little Venice, and a magical Christmas market that captures the spirit of the Alsatian festivities. It's the perfect getaway for a weekend with your kids, as Colmar boasts probably one of the most magical Christmas markets in France!

Practical information


2 Avenue de la Marne
68000 Colmar

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