Colmar is located in the Alsace territory, in north eastern France, not far from the German border, approximately halfway between Strasbourg and Basel, at the foot of the Vosges. The city boasts some 65,000 inhabitants.
The oldest recording in writing of the city dates back to the 9th century. In the Middle Ages Colmar was a prominent free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire. Originally a German city, from around 1675, Colmar, like the rest of the Alsace, belonged to France. And with exception of the years 1871-1918 and 1940-1945, it remained that way.
Points of interest in addition to the well preserved old city centre, with its renaissance buildings, its many framed houses and shopping areas, are: