Petite Venise

Petite Venise information

rowboats €6 per 30 minutes
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Lonely Planet review

If you see just one thing in Colmar, make it the Little Venice quarter. Canal connection aside, it doesn’t resemble the Italian city in the slightest, but it is truly lovely in its own right. Its winding backstreets are punctuated by impeccably restored half-timbered houses in sugared almond shades, many ablaze with geraniums in summer. Take a medieval mosey around rue des Tanneurs , with its rooftop verandas for drying hides, and quai de la Poissonnerie , the former fishers’ quarter.

Rowboats depart next to rue de Turenne bridge and are a relaxed way see Petite Venise from the water. The bridge is also the best spot to see the canals light up after dark.