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3 Day Trip to Strassbourg and Colmar from Frankfurt

Last week, boarded the ICE from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof at 06:50 and 2 hours later was in Strassbourg. Had booked a bed with booking dot com in a 4 woman room at a hostel named Ciarus. They had said to take the #10 bus from the train station 3 stops. Speaking no French, was grateful that the ticket machines switched to English. Finding one that took coins or bills was tougher. Finally found one and got a 1 way ticket for 1.70€ and found my bus. Not sure of which direction, it turned out to be a nice long ride as had picked a bus going the opposite way. Having only been to Strassbourg once for a few hours at their Xmas market, it was actuallly ok to ride around the city.
Found the hostel, checked in and set out to explore. You could see the Cathedral so headed that direction. Spent about an hour inside, the place is huge, then wandered around some more. On my way to find Petite France, stopped for lunch at an Indian restaurant. Found Petite France, wandered around, took a ton of photos, and finally went back to the hostel to rest my feet. Grabbed a pastry from a cute shop on my way to tide me over til dinner. Tasty cinnamon cake. Had the room to myself so far which was nice. Went back out for dinner and had Indian again at a cosy little place around the corner. The guys were so nice, that I went back the next night too. They were impressed that I wanted my dinner spicy. They laughed when I asked did the French not like spicy food. Bed time at 20:30, and slept with the windows open as the day had turned warm.

Next day, bought the breakfast at the hostel for 8€, then walked to the train station as wanted to see more of the neighborhoods. It was only 3km away and it was sunny, but cold. got round trip tickets for Colmar for 14.50€ each way. Train only took 30 min. and had comfy, velour couch seats. Yes, I took photos. The historic part of Colmar is an easy 15min. walk from the station. You pass by a park that has a beautiful, antique carousel which was running later that day, so got photos and video of that. Wandered all around Colmar, including the TI, the Cathedral, Petite Venice, and the Bertholdi Museum. Lunch was 2 fabulous Pain au Chocolat, cappucino and fresh OJ. Walked some more and then caught my train at 17:00. Rode the correct bus this time, after figuring out how to top up my ticket. Dinner at the Indian place again, then off to bed. Two days in a row, walking 16km did me in.

Thought I had the room to myself again, but another woman came in at 22:30 and then she stayed up almost an hour. The downside of staying in a hostel. But at 34€ for a comfy bed, with blankets, etc. and a bathroom just for our room, it was still ok.

Breakfast again at the hostel, stored my bag, and went back out to explore the city, take more photos and more videos. Came back for lunch at the hostel, sat around the lobby for a bit, got my back pack and rode the bus to the station for my ICE train back to Frankfurt. Garnered another 15km.

The ICE train tickets were 29€ each, but probably could have gotten them cheaper with an earlier purchase. This was a last minute trip and I no longer have my 50% bahn card. Total amount for the 3 days - 87 for trains, 70€ for a bed, about 100€ for food.
Had a great time and will definetly go back. Everyone was really nice, they all accepted my almost total lack of French, and had a few that spoke German to me, which was funny.

Yes, there are videos on YouTube if you are following me. Colmar is posted, Strassbourg wil be up in a couple of days.

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Wonderful TR, Ms. Jo! And yes, I'm off to check out your videos!

I'm heading to Colmar for 3 nights in a few weeks and will do Strasbourg as a day trip so it will be fun to look at your videos.

Thanks for posting!

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Colmar is so charming. It may be my favorite town, it is so pretty. Do ride the carousel, which opens in the afternoon. At 2€ per ride, it is a bargain as the guy gives a really long ride. Thought about the train ride, but 7€ for a 35 min. ride around the town seemed a bit steep. They have those low, flat bottomed skiffs that looked like more fun. Also 7€, but each skiff only holds 6-8 px.

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Charming video walking through Colmar! And very helpful tips in your trip report. It's great to know how easy it would be to fly into Frankfurt, spend time there, and then travel to Strasbourg and Colmar.

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Almost forgot. They checked my vaccine pass at EVERY restaurant and at the museum in Colmar too. No check on the trains though. Masks indoors, at the churches, train station, trains, stores, etc. Outside on the streets, it seemed to be about 50-50, depending on if the street was crowded or not.

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So glad you had a good time, and what a nice trip report !

For anyone reading, yes, last week vaccine passes and masks were still required. As of Monday, March 14, they are not.

(Except you still have to wear masks on public transportation and in hospitals and nursing homes.)

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Storks!! I want to see them!

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Hi Ms. Jo,

Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

What’s the name of the Indian Restaurant?

I couldn’t find your videos, would you please send me the link via PM, thanks!

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Your Colmar video is great.

I'm glad this little excursion worked out well for you.

It sound like you get on well with French pastry! 34€ is pretty good, even when it is 42€ after breakfast. That's a really good price.

Thanks for posting.

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Loved the Colmar video and I’m looking forward to your Strasbourg video as well. We are spending one night in Strasbourg and 4 nights in Colmar (with a car for 2 days) in a couple of weeks and we can’t wait!

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Strasbourg is posted now. Hope you like it, even though this one doesn't have any flying storks in it. It does have the cool clock in the Cathedral.

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Hi there, thanks for all this information! 2 quick questions.

If you could do it again and had 3 (maybe 4) nights would you stay in Strasbourg, Colmar or split your time between the two?

Also, what is the link to you video?

Thanks,
Cindy

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Cindy, I can't answer that question for Ms Jo, but the link for her video is at https://youtu.be/Q1YVVW7CR0g

After you see that you can wander all over with her on her channel Frankfurt on Foot.

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Thanks Nigel for posting the link.

Strasbourg is a lot bigger than Colmar, so there is more to see and do there. They have a lot of museums to visit and a lot of churches. Maybe 2 nights each? I felt I had seen most of Colmar in a day, though I only went to one museum there. It is prettier and more charming. Wish I would have taken one of the skiff boat rides, but will plan that for the next visit.