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Colmar
Prefecture and commune
The little Venice, Colmar
The little Venice, Colmar
Coat of arms of Colmar
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Haut-Rhin
Arrondissement Colmar-Ribeauvillé
Canton Colmar-1 and 2
Intercommunality Communauté d'agglomération de Colmar
Area1 66.57 km2 (25.70 sq mi)
Population (2013) 67,956
 • Density 1,020.82/km2 (2,643.91/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
INSEE/Postal code 68066 /68000
Dialling codes 0389
Elevation 175–214 m (574–702 ft)
(avg. 197 m or 646 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Colmar is the third-largest commune of the Alsace region in north-eastern France. It is the seat of the prefecture of the Haut-Rhin department and the arrondissement of Colmar-Ribeauvillé.

The town is situated on the Alsatian Wine Route and considers itself to be the "capital of Alsatian wine" (capitale des vins d'Alsace). The city is renowned for its well-preserved old town, its numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums, among which is the Unterlinden Museum, with the Isenheim Altarpiece.

Main sights

Mostly spared from the destructions of the French Revolution and the wars of 1870–1871, 1914–1918 and 1939–1945, the cityscape of old-town Colmar is homogenous and renowned among tourists. An area that is crossed by canals of the river Lauch (which formerly served as the butcher's, tanner's and fishmonger's quarter) is now called "little Venice" (la Petite Venise).

Sister cities

Colmar is twinned with:

  • Germany Schongau, Bavaria, Germany, since 1962
  • Belgium Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, since 1962
  • Italy Lucca, Italy, since 1962
  • United Kingdom Hyde, United Kingdom, from 1962 to 1978

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