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How many days in Stasbourg and Colmar?

Hi all!

I am visiting Strasbourg and Colmar in the last week of November / early December for the first time for their Christmas markets. I only have a few days and I am wondering about the time I should spend at each place. Please share your advice!

I also read in the forum that travellers highly recommend visiting the wine towns/places in Alsace but unfortunately I may not have time =(

Day 1: Taking train from Brussels to Paris Est to Strasbourg and arrive in Strasbourg at around noon. Overnight Strasbourg. (I am skipping Paris as I have visited it before)

Day 2: Strasbourg (overnight Strasbourg)

Day 3: Colmar (overnight Colmar)

Day 4: Colmar in the morning. Taking the train from Strasbourg to Stuttgart around noon. I am continuing the rest of my trip to Germany and spend some time in Christmasy towns like Nuremberg and catching my flight out from Frankfurt!


Posted by
7007 posts

Your plan looks good!
You might have time for a quick trip to Riquewihr (or other) on day 3, but it's OK if you don't. Colmar and Strasbourg already have a lot to offer.

Posted by
11356 posts

I would drop Colmar and add Riquewehr, Eguisheim or Kayersburg for the date you have saved for Colmar.We did not care for Colmar.

Posted by
336 posts

I'll just say that we may cross paths. We arrive on November 30. We are 3 nights in Strasbourg (daytrip to Colmar), 3 nights in Stuttgart (daytrip to Esslingen). We then head back towards Paris.

Posted by
15651 posts

I hope you plan to visit the Medieval market in Esslingen while you're in Stuttgart Be sure to stay for at least an hour after dark. Magical.

Posted by
2734 posts

I absolutely loved Colmar. I was there in the spring though, so I can’t report on the Christmas markets. I also went to a few of the wine villages. They were cute, but much smaller than Colmar. For a one-night stop, I would choose Colmar.

Posted by
3303 posts

In 2015, we spent two nights in Strasbourg, only giving us one full day to explore. After arriving from Paris, we explored Strasbourg for a few hours, and had a wonderful Alsatian meal at a restaurant suggested by our hotel.

We booked the "Pearls of Alsace" tour with Ophorus for our full day. The small group (5 altogether) tour was excellent, hitting most of the highlights. We had a brief stop for winetasting - a bit sweet for my taste, but a couple of people bought cases.