La Petite Venise

An ancient island village in the center of Colmar

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This little neighborhood in Colmar’s old city is charming, but it only looks like Venice, Italy if you have a vivid imagination.

No matter. The area is captivating in its own Alsatian style.

A worker’s community in ancient times

During the middle ages, the district was a rural community of farmers, fishermen, and laborers. Its nickname comes from the attractive row of houses and workshops built along the canal that branches off the River Lauch. A major renovation took place along the waterways between 1978 and 1981, and today the area is a trendy tourist site.

Walk along the narrow streets that begin behind Koïfhus, the former customs house at the junction of Grand’Rue and rue des Marchands in the city center. You’ll go through the old fishermen’s neighborhood to the Turenne and Saint-Pierre bridges that cross the canals. Once a marshy gardening spot on the outskirts of town, the canals were used to irrigate crops and transport produce to the covered market at the Quai de la Poissonnerie.

Stand on the Saint Pierre Bridge for a magnificent view, then take a sightseeing ride on the flat bottom boat run by Sweet Narcisse that leaves from below the bridge.

During the month of December, the Children’s Christmas Market takes over the with lights, decorations, and Santa. Children sing carols from boats gliding down the canals.
Before you leave this historic area, enjoy a tarte flambee and a glass of Alsatian Riesling at Wistub de la Petite Venise, 4 rue de la Poissonnerie.

At A Glance

Quai de la Poissonnerie
Colmar Alsace 68000

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