Boat trip in the Little Venice of Colmar

by | Nov 30, 2018 | Colmar, Open on sundays, With kids | 0 comments


Do you know about the Little Venice of Colmar? It’s the name of a district located in the pretty city of Colmar in Alsace. I know, I know… you are gonna say that it is just one more “Little Venice”: each time there is a canal somewhere, the place is given the name of the Italian city. You are not wrong, but trust me: the Little Venice of Colmar is worth it! It is quite small, but definitely cute. To discover it from a different angle, I have chosen to try out a boat trip in Colmar with  Sweet Narcisse. This excursion takes place on the river Lauch, the river running through Colmar.

I find myself in a flat-bottomed boat, as a tourist just passing through Colmar. It is quite pleasant to be a tourist in your own city sometimes! These boats, with such distinctive shapes were originally used by market gardeners to transport their vegetables to the markets. This boat trip will actually bring you on this route: you will pass through the residential Maraîchers district, before going back to the city center and the Halles, which still houses today a covered market. The boat slowly glides over the water, letting you enjoy the scenery: timbered houses and greenery are awaiting. The atmosphere is peaceful, making it very enjoyable.

Throughout the boat trip, the boatman will provide you with explanations about Colmar’s history. However, they will take a break when passing through the residential area, not to disturb the peacefulness of the neighborhood. 30 minutes later, you will find yourself back at the pier. I really enjoyed the trip!

I liked

  • Discovering the Little Venice of Colmar from another angle. I believe it is even prettier from the water!
  • The peacefulness, with the boat slowly gliding over the water

I liked a little less

  • It is quite short, because it is impossible to go very far on the river Lauch, but there is nothing we can do about it!

My pictures of the boat trip in Colmar

Practical information

Prices and opening times

It is possible to take a boat trip everyday from April to September and on weekends from March to October (depending on weather conditions). You will find here prices and opening times.

During the high season and in good weather, seats are sold out quickly. Remember to book your seat in advance by contacting Sweet Narcisse via their website or by phone.

Good news: it’s free for children under 10!

Guided tours

The boat trip lasts about 30 minutes. The guided tour is led by the boatman.

Good news: the tour can be in French, English or German.

Getting here

Boats are leaving from rue de la Herse, at the foot of the bridge Saint-Pierre.

Be careful not to confuse them with the other boats of Colmar, located at the foot of the restaurant La Krutenau. I have not tried this company, but seats are only free for children under 5. I also found the team of Sweet Narcisse very friendly, so I recommend choosing them!



Laurène est la créatrice du blog Mon week-end en Alsace. Bretonne installée en Alsace depuis 2014, elle est tombée amoureuse de sa région d'adoption au point de lui dédier un blog et d'acheter avec son mari une maison alsacienne dans un village du Kochersberg, près de Strasbourg. A pied, à vélo, sur ses chevaux ou au volant de sa Fiat 500, elle aime partir explorer les moindres recoins de l'Alsace pour dénicher de bonnes adresses à partager sur le blog.


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