The pastel half-timbered houses and calm canals of Colmar give it a fairy tale-like allure that will make you fall in love. Located in the Grand Est region of northeastern France, Colmar has lovely cobblestone streets and scenic passageways that lend themselves to long, leisurely walks. Come here in winter for the Christmas market, or make it a part of your Alsace Wine Route tour in the summer.
As the capital of Alsace wines, Colmar has plenty of places that offer tastings and samplings. Take a stroll through the completely pedestrianised historic town centre and take your pick from the many bars and Michelin-starred restaurants around.
In terms of museums, Colmar has a variety of offerings ranging from the mainstream to the eclectic. Marvel at the fine arts collection in the Unterlinden Museum, or bring your kids to the delightful Toy Museum.
And simply strolling around the town will give you a feel for its quaint charm. Don't forget to visit Little Venice, a super photogenic neighbourhood filled with boutiques and family-run restaurants.