This unique area, located along the Lauch River, has been captivating visitors for centuries with its winding canals and colourful buildings.
The history of Little Venice dates back to the late 13th century, when it was established by merchants from Italy who were looking to expand their trade routes into France. The Italian influence is still visible today in the many Venetian-style homes that line the banks of the river, each brightly painted in pastel colours and adorned with flower boxes overflowing with blooms.
Little Venice also offers plenty of opportunities for exploration and relaxation. Stroll along cobblestone streets lined with quaint shops offering everything from handmade jewellery to fresh French delicacies, or take a peaceful boat ride through narrow waterways beneath graceful bridges draped in ivy vines. Visitors will also find several lovely parks where they can picnic under ancient trees while enjoying views of traditional half-timbered houses on either side of them.
One iconic spot not to be missed is Place des Tanneurs which features an impressive fountain surrounded by lush gardens and cafés serving up local specialities such as tarte flambée (a type of flatbread pizza). Nearby stands Maison Pfister, one of Colmar’s oldest buildings dating back to 1537; this building now serves as an art museum showcasing works from renowned artists like Monet and Cézanne.
For those seeking more adventure there are plenty of other activities nearby including hiking trails that lead up into nearby hills or kayaking trips downriver towards Germany’s Black Forest region—all perfect ways to experience nature at its finest.