Little Venice (Petite Venise) Tours
Read MoreShow Less
The colorful heart of Colmar earns its nickname from the canal-like Lauch River that divides its two banks, each lined with half-timbered fishermen’s homes that seem plucked straight from a fairytale. Soak up its quintessential Alsatian charm that's an easy day trip from Rhine River cruise ports.
It won't take long to see Little Venice, which stretches only a few blocks. Stroll along the river and across flowery footbridges for views of medieval river houses once belonging to Alcace’s powerful fishing and farming families. In summer, hire a gondola for Venetian-inspired cruising. Head to historic Marche Couvert (covered market) on the north bank for Alsatian wine, cheeses, and other delicacies. Some sightseeing tours and Rhine River shore excursions departing from Strasbourg stop here.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Commentary on boat tours is generally provided in both French and English.
- Make a reservation if you plan to dine at a riverside restaurant in the evening, as tables often fill up, especially in summer and at Christmastime.
- A public restroom is available at Marche Couvert.
- Many of Colmar’s uneven cobblestone streets and footbridges are not wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Little Venice stretches between Pont Saint-Pierre and Rue des Tanneurs in Colmar. If arriving by car, park in the small outdoor parking lot called Parking Marché aux Fruits nearby. The Colmar train station is about a half mile (1 kilometer) away via Avenue de la République and rue Bruat.
When to Get There
Little Venice is especially charming in December, when the half-timbered houses, bridges, and cafes are adorned with Christmas decorations.
Petite France in Strasbourg
If Little Venice leaves you craving more storybook scenery, venture an hour upriver to the town of Strasbourg—a popular stop on Rhine River cruises and the seat of European Parliament. Strasbourg boasts both French and German architectural influences in its picturesque historic center surrounded by the River Ill tributary, known as La Petite France. Keep your camera handy as you stroll down cobblestone lanes and across medieval stone bridges to view the district’s three islands.
Address: Colmar 68000, France
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Little Venice (Petite Venise)
Visit of the most important places of the Alsace Wine Route in Audi A5 Cabriolet. We will start the excursion with Eguisheim, voted the most beautiful village in France in 2013, then we will go to discover the 3 Castles where you can admire a magnificent view of the Alsace plain. Then, we will join Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, elected favorite village of the French in 2017. We will go to Obernai, elected most beautiful flowered village in Alsace. Then discover the Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg. Once the visit of the castle is over, we will resume the wine route to reach Colmar, the wine capital of Alsace, where you can discover the Petite France district with a small tourist train as well as Little Venice. The tour can be easily customized according to your interests. It is also possible to go to the Bruche Valley to serve you a tarte flambée with a white wine from Alsace on a terrace where the view will be magnificent !!
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
This Experience is provided by a private local. Explore the city’s wonderful Christmas market with a local by your side. Profit from the inside knowledge, discover the most picturesque corners and see Colmar through the eyes of a local. Colmar is the one of the cutest towns in Alsace, with its well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks and delicious wines. Come with me to discover this wonderful city and get to know more about its history and traditions! It gets even more beautiful during Christmas time, illuminated by festive lights, decorated with colourful ornaments and infused with the perfumes of aniseed and mulled wine. Join me for a walk through the festive streets and I’ll let you in on Colmar’s best-kept secrets. To top off our Experience we will take our letters to the big mailbox for Santa Claus!
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Little Venice (Petite Venise)?
The best ways to experience Little Venice (Petite Venise) are:
- Alsatian Villages in Audi A5 Cabriolet by the Wine Route
- Discover Colmar's Christmas Market with a Local