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The Colmar heritage

The fabulous architectural heritage of Colmar

Journey through more than 500 years of history

Colmar is a mix of cultures with all of it’s history and it’s architecture is the most visible symbol of Rhenish art. Despite the wars, Colmar remained virtually unscathed and today offers a stroll through the centuries. Many monuments dating from the Middle Ages to Renaissance have been finely restored and are on the historical monuments list.

Collégiale Saint Martin - Colmar

The religious architecture of the mendicant orders holds a special place

Present in Colmar since the 13th century, Dominicans and Franciscans have left us remarkable architectural ensembles. They are vast churches like those of the Dominicans (which houses the masterpiece of Martin Schongauer "The Virgin with the bush of roses") or that of the Franciscans, the Church of St. Matthew where are unfolding nowadays. many events and concerts of classical music, such as the symphonic concerts of the International Festival of Colmar.

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Some civil buildings testify to the architectural splendor of Colmar in the Middle Ages, such as the Adolph House dating from the second half of the 14th century or the house "Huselin zum Swan" Schongauer street.
The Koïfhus (Old Customs) completed in 1480, is the oldest public building in the city. At the time, he played a central role in the economic life of Colmar. Mentioned for the first time in 1370, the building was used to deposit and transit all goods imported to Colmar.

The Renaissance is omnipresent in the old city.

The famous Pfister House (1537), symbol of Colmar and one of the most beautiful bourgeois homes that reached us.
The "House of the Heads" (1609), which owes its name to the 111 grotesque heads and masks that adorn its façade, evokes the "golden age" of merchants and testifies to the ease of this Colmarian merchant bourgeoisie.

Heritage highlights


  • Adolph House

  • Alsace Wine Museum

  • ANDRE MALRAUX Contemporary Art Space

  • Bartholdi College

  • Bartholdi Museum

  • Brewery Sainte Cru

  • Bruat Fountain

  • Court of Appeal

  • Dominicains heritage library and museum

  • Espace Lézard

  • Former Hospital - Mediatheque

  • Former Protestant presbytery (House of arcades)

  • Former St John's commanderie

  • Galerie Audet

  • Galerie Murmure

  • Galerie Myriam Iticsohn

  • House of Heads

  • Koifhus

  • Law Court

  • Little Venice

  • Monument dedicated to Bartholdi

  • Monument dedicated to Hirn

  • Monument dedicated to Pfeffel

  • Monument to General Rapp

  • Musée Gourmand du Chocolat - Choco-Story

  • Museum of the municipal factories

  • Natural history and ethnography Museum

  • Parc du Champ de Mars

  • Parc Méquillet

  • Parc Saint-François-Xavier

  • Permanent terroir market - Market hall

  • Prefecture

  • Saint Martin Church

  • Saint Matthieu Church

  • Schwendi fountain

  • Seat of the Ploughmen's guild

  • Square Adolphe Hirn

  • Square de la Montagne-Verte

  • Statue of liberty

  • St Martin's circle

  • St Peter's Chapel

  • Tanner's district

  • The 'Catherinettes'

  • The Dominican Church

  • The fishmonger's district

  • The former guard house

  • The Hansi Village and its Museum

  • The House of the St. John's Knights

  • The Observatory of the nature - Colmar

  • The Pfister House

  • The Roesselmann Fountain

  • The Synagogue

  • The town Hall

  • Toy Museum

  • Unterlinden Museum