67,000 inhabitants make Colmar the third largest city in Alsace behind Strasbourg and Mulhouse. It was first mentioned in a document in 823. Frederick II gave Colmar city rights, in 1226 it became an imperial city, and in the middle of the 14th century it became a member of the Zehnstädtebund , an alliance of 10 free imperial cities in Alsace. Since 1673 Colmar belongs to France.
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The tour through the old town starts at the Museum Unterlinden through the Rue de Tête and past the Maison des Têtes decorated with more than 100 heads to the Dominican Church (Église des Dominicains). Built in 1283, it's now a museum and the most important work of Martin Schongauer. Colmars The most important sacral building is the Martinsmünster (Cathédrale St. Martin) with valuable glass windows. Close to the Martinsmünster you can find the Pfisterhauswohl, which is regarded as the most beautiful half-timbered house.
A walk through the following quarter Little Venice (Petite Venise) is worthwhile. At the little river Lauch there are picturesque half-timbered houses decorated with flowers. For travelling in time back to the Middle Ages the 11 km long «Road of the 5 Castles» is the means of choice starting at Eguisheim.