Boasting an extraordinary collection of artwork, including the priceless Isenheim Altarpiece, this ancient 13th century convent, recently renovated by Herzog & de Meuron architects, is the second most-visited Fine Art museum in France, after Paris. But visiting Colmar is also to visit Petite Venice: the city owes its nickname to the Lauch, the river that crosses the southeastern part of the city, and is perfect for romantic outings on the water!
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Nature lies at the heart of this fine dining restaurant a 20-minute drive from Colmar. An ambassador for Alsatian cuisine, the Michelin-starred Olivier Nasti draws inspiration from the Kaysersberg Valley. The menu features sometimes surprising combinations that delight the taste buds with refined cuisine.
John Howe, the artistic director of the Lord of the Rings, studied in Strasbourg. It is therefore no coincidence that the cinematic Tolkien universe features interiors and furniture inspired by Haut-Koenigsbourg Chateau, a half-hour drive north of Colmar.
Feel in the mood for nature and thrill-seeking? Head for La Bresse in the Hautes-Vosges! Paragliding, bungee jumping, virtual reality, and shows of light and sound: a unique programme that’s bursting with adrenaline, in the enchanting setting of the Parc Bol d’Air, which borders on river and woodland.
Not without a certain pride, the people of Alsace remember Roger Hassenforder, who won twice at Colmar in 1955 and 1957. Born in Sausheim, this local to the stage with an aggressive racing temperament won no fewer than 8 stages of the Tour de France between 1953 (when he wore the Yellow Jersey for four days) and 1959.
Alsace is also all about wellness. The region is home to a few charming locations for a well-deserved break. You can choose between a spa nestled within a lofty cavern, a suite with a jacuzzi, a colonnade pool, or panoramic sauna... so many ways to enjoy a moment of zen!