Pirates, it's that time of year to start thinking about Christmas Markets. You get to wrap up warm in snuggly sweaters and scarves, eat lots of food and drink wine like it's nobody's business.
We've been hunting high and low for the prettiest Christmas market we could find and we think we've found the winner: Colmar in northeast France, not too far from the border with Germany.
The city has a unique Gothic feel in the old town with stunning fairytale half-timbered houses and during the festive season, it's lit up with all sorts of colors, lights, ornaments, snow-covered trees, and decorations.
The city was allegedly the inspiration for the village in the Disney film The Beauty and the Beast and you can see why,
Scroll down for some info on how to get there.
Colmar Christmas markets run from November 24th – December 29th
The city is in northeast France near the border with Germany
Nearby international airports are Zurich, Switzerland; Frankfurt, Germany; and Stuttgart, Germany
Nearby domestic airports are in Basel, Switzerland and Strasbourg, France
The easiest way to get to Colmar, would be by first flying into Zurich International Airport (ZRH) in Switzerland and then taking a train, or the cheaper option of a bus for under 10 euros from Zurich to Colmar—a roughly two-and-a-half-hour trip. Alternatively, you could fly to Frankfurt or Stuttgart, Germany, and also take a train or bus from the airport, which from both airports takes roughly three hours.
If you want to stay in a hotel or chalet, we recommend you get booking as it is a really popular destination. You can find some hotel options here
There are quite a few apartments on Airbnb to choose from so it's really down to budget and preference. We found this one here that we like with stays starting from $27.50 per person for four nights.
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