Colmar is considered the most beautiful city in France's Alsace region. The unique combo of French shuttered and German half-timbered houses situated on geranium-lined streets and canals invite visitors to lazy strolls through this mid-sized town.
In the heart of the town is an area that earned the name of Petit Venice (Little Venice). Adjoined by a small river--the Lauch--the area was once used by gardeners, fishmongers and tanners who passed through in small flat-bottomed boats. Today, gondoliers pay homage to this lost tradition, giving Colmar a Venetian feel.
A slow walk through the town is required to see beyond it's obvious beauty. Peeking through archways and peering down alleys lead the eye to hidden treats that many miss. These small treasures give Colmar that Disney-like atmosphere so many use to describe it.