In Riquewihr, Alsace, this old winery built in 1580 facing the famous Schoenenbourg vineyard is now converted into outstanding holiday apartments.
In Riquewihr near Colmar, Alsace, this old winery built in 1580 and facing the famous Schoenenbourg vineyard is now converted into outstanding holiday apartments.
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From the small studio to the large luxury apartment, the Remparts de Riquewihr is a collection of 14 charming holiday gites superbly located in one of the most beautiful villages of France.
Jewel on the Alsace wine route, only minutes from Colmar, Riquewihr will be your headquarters to discover all the Alsace, the Vosges and even nearby Germany and Switzerland.
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Spring is back. After 3 months of sleep, the beautiful city of Colmar finds visitors from everywhere. The birds of the Champ de Mars are singing, the storks are back and the half-timbered facades of the old city take on colors under the spring sun. Every year and for a fortnight around Easter, Colmar celebrates the return of the beautiful season with its Spring markets and its music festival.

Giant pots and multicolored flowers chased winter ...
Giant pots and multicolored flowers chased winter …

Flowers, eggs and Easter hares …

Easter and Spring Market around the Dominican Church in Colmar.
Easter and Spring Market around the Dominican Church in Colmar.

It is with a pleasure still intact that we find the place of the Dominicans that we had left to sleep softly a few months ago, at the end of the Christmas markets. It’s the weekend, the sun is at the rendezvous, the crowd too …

The gardeners of the city of Colmar brightened up the place with colourful flowers, giant pots with olive trees, daffodils, crocuses and other primroses … Small characters of the season populate the landscape: straw chicks just out of the egg, geese, rabbits and hares.

A chick of straw just out of the egg wants to enjoy the spring ...
A chick of straw just out of the egg wants to enjoy the spring …

With its long experience of urban animation on the occasion of its famous Christmas markets, the City of Colmar launched the markets of Easter and Spring in 2011. In a few years, the event has become the reference in Alsace and brand now the opening of the new tourist season and the return of visitors. But the Colmarians and the inhabitants of the neighboring villages do not shun their pleasure and are the first to join the crowd. I go back there regularly.

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2 markets, exhibitions and music …

Here is a short summary of the highlights of these two weeks of entertainment. To this must be added shows and street concerts, especially on Saturdays and Sundays.

Easter market of the Dominican Square in Colmar
Easter market of the Dominican Square in Colmar
  • 2 markets of Easter and Spring with 70 exhibitors give the opportunity to enjoy the first rays of sun in the enchanting city center. Dominican Square and Old Customs Square. Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 19:00
  • 3 exhibition / sales are to be seen at the Koiffhus (Old Customs) with the most beautiful achievements of local craftsmen-creators.
  • the “Music and Culture Festival” invites all audiences to 14 concerts of jazz and classical music where virtuosity and good mood will be on the program!
Cafe terrace places Dominicans in Colmar
Cafe terrace at the Dominicans square in Colmar

As soon as the thermometer becomes more indulgent and the sun comes out, the café terraces are stormed. It’s time to taste the Alsatian wine or treat yourself to a freshly brewed March beer (bière de printemps). The stork of Alsace is back from migration and is active in its nest. Stuffed storks, of all sizes and sometimes decked out with funny and varied headdresses, resume their maneuvers of seduction towards passers-by.

Spring stork in ambush in front of Pfister house in Colmar
Spring stork in ambush in front of Pfister house in Colmar

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This former winery was built in 1580 and recently converted into 6 wonderful holiday apartments superbly located in one of the most beautiful villages of France.
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A pirouette at the end of the Dominican Square allows me to reach the picturesque Merchant Street which leads me to the Grand Rue and Koïfhus through the Bartholdi Museum and in front of the famous Pfister House.

Marchand Street and Koïfhus (old customs) in the background.
Marchand Street and Koïfhus (old customs) in the background.
Merchants Street in Colmar, near the Bartholdi Museum.
Merchants Street in Colmar, near the Bartholdi Museum.
Marchand Street and Grand-Rue with Koïfhus. Koïfhus holds the exhibitions related to the Printemps markets.
Marchand Street and Grand-Rue with Koïfhus. Koïfhus holds the exhibitions related to the spring markets.

Under the wonderful Koïfhus building, a passage leads to the site of the second spring market that stretches along the banks of the Lauch river. I still walk with such pleasure in these historic districts free of cars and accessible to pedestrians only. The colourful cottages and maisonettes of the Easter market offer their treats on the former Customs square and along the brook.

Easter market in Colmar, place of the former Customs and along the Lauch ...
Easter market in Colmar, former Customs square and along the Lauch …

Useful links

Official website of Spring in Colmar with the program of animations.

Remparts de Riquewihr is a collection of 14 charming holiday gites in Alsace, France
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From the small studio to the large luxury apartment, the Remparts de Riquewihr is a collection of 14 charming holiday gites superbly located in one of the most beautiful villages of France.
Jewel on the Alsace wine route, near to Colmar, Riquewihr will be your headquarters to discover all the Alsace, the Vosges and even nearby Germany and Switzerland.
Click to visit our holiday apartments