Day Trip to Colmar
After seeing postcard perfect Alsace towns on the internet, we knew we had to visit them. We had 2 days to spend in the Alsace region and there were a number of towns. So, we picked the two most popular ones - Strasbourg and Colmar. We stayed in Strasbourg at the Holiday Inn Express Strasbourg Centre, which was a 15-minute walk away from the centre.
Strasbourg is called "Capitale de Noel" or "Christmas Capital" for a reason. When you walk around centre, you'll almost every building decorated. Some of them in bows, some in presents, etc. The cutest ones were the ones with hanging teddy bears! We've been to a number of places in Europe during Christmas and had never seen anything like it.
Strasbourg is also home to the Strasbourg Cathedral - a large 16th century Gothic cathedral with an impressive façade. We had to wait in line to get into this one. However, it was worth. it.
Make sure you walk along the canal so you can admire all the colours and architecture. Sadly, we didn't see the sun in Strasbourg. However, the cute decor all over the place made up for it.
Strasbourg also has one of the best Christmas markets I've seen so far! This market also happens be the oldest market in France dating back to the 16th century.
Day Trip to Colmar
Colmar is merely half an hour away from Strasbourg (by train). Once we reach the train station, we had to walk for about 10 minutes to reach the city centre. This wasn't a boring walk. On the way, we saw Christmas décor and little Christmas markets.
To be honest, we didn't notice much of a difference between Strasbourg and Colmar. Just like Strasbourg, Colmar is super crowded and equally pretty with the same style of buildings and cute decorations everywhere.
We visited St. Martin's Church - a beautiful Gothic and the main church in Colmar.
Of course, we nibbled our way through the Christmas markets and indulged in a lot of festive food.
You can plan your visit to the Alsace region depending on the towns you want to visit. We felt that one day was good enough to see two major places.
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