City tours can be expensive, especially guided tours. If you have trouble walking or generally can’t be bothered then there is a superb alternative that still allows you to view the town of Colmar in all its glory.
The Little Tourist Train of Colmar is, in fact, two trains. Your choice of either a green or a white tourist train that takes you around the cobbled streets of this incredible place. The price of the tour comes to a modest €6.50 (£5.65) per person. Also included on the train is a set of headphones with an option to select which language you would like the tour in.
The tour sets off from the junction of Rue Kleber and Rue des Clefs. Ideally positioned in the heart of the town for easy access. We climbed aboard the green train and were given a leaflet detailing the various points of interest on the journey.
The ride itself can be a bit of a bumpy one, mainly thanks to the cobbled streets that the train has to battle with. The views, however, cannot be matched. Stunning beauty at every turn greets you in the centre of this wonderful place on a sunny day.
We passed through areas including the covered market, which we would be visiting further into our trip. The Maison des Tetes (house of heads) which we would eat in later that night, one of the many creations by the sculptor Auguste Bartholdi. The man responsible for the creation of The Statue of Liberty.
Trundling past the market, we ended up in Petit Venise (Little Venice). A small canal area aligned with Germanic buildings, a stunning scene. Up and down the river go the flat bottomed boats which cost €6 (£5.21) per person for a tour of the canal. You can grab a boat just under the Quay des Poissonieres.
As the tour came to a close (around 30 minutes in total) we headed back to our original starting point in the town centre. It was a pleasure to glide past Colmar’s famous sights and even just to gaze at the life of the town. People outside bars enjoying their food and drinks, street markets in full swing and boat’s of tourists sailing quietly down the canal.
We would highly recommend The Little Tourist Train of Colmar to anyone wanting an easy introduction to this beautiful town. For €6.50 it’s an absolute bargain when you compare it to a €13 boat tour of Strasbourg a few miles down the road. The trains depart every 30 minutes between 9am and 6.30pm all year round.