Finished in 1480, this is the oldest public building in Colmar. It was originally a customs house set in the center of the town’s commercial district. The ground floor was used for storage of imported goods, and the upper level was a meeting room for a regional political group.
Climb to the top of the stone steps for a vivid panorama of the town. From the square, Place de l’Ancienne Douane, have a look at the turret staircase on the back of the building that leads to a wooden gallery festooned with flowers. The fountain standing in the square was designed by Auguste Bartholdi in 1898 and features a statue of Lazare de Schwendi who was born in Alsace in 1522.