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Colmar

The capital of the Haut-Rhin, 70km (43 miles) south of Strasbourg, Colmar is known for its exceptionally picturesque and quaint Old Town and its dry wines (celebrated in the annual wine festival, Foire aux Vins). It is also home to the Retable d'Issenheim (Issenheim Altarpiece), painted by Mathias Grünewald, between 1512 and 1516, for St Anthony's monastery and displayed at the Musee d'Unterlinden, 1 rue d'Unterlinden (www.musee-unterlinden.com). Colmar is a 40-minute train journey from Strasbourg.

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Colmar
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Musee De Loeuvre

The original pair of statues of Eglise (a symbol of the victorious Church) and the blindfolded, defeated Synagogue (representing Judaism), are the main treasures of this museum. Other highlights include the Tête du Christ (Head of Christ), part of a stained-glass window from the mid-11th century, the sculptures of Nicolas Gerhaert de Leyde and the still-life paintings by Sebastien Stoskopff. This rich collection of Romanesque, gothic and Renaissance sculptures, furniture and tapestries extends over three floors of 14th- and 16th-century buildings.

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Musee De Loeuvre
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Notre Dame Cathedral

The world's tallest building from 1647 to 1874, and still the fourth tallest church today, this richly decorated gothic masterpiece of pink-tinted Vosges sandstone stands proud with its steeple reaching 142m (466ft). Highlights include the intricate west facade with its three portals; the Eglise and Synagogue statues (the originals are located at the Musee de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame); and the remarkable Renaissance Horloge Astronomique (Astronomical Clock), one of the world's largest clocks, which chimes at 1230 daily, as the Apostles parade before Jesus. The climb to the top platform, from which there is an outstanding view over the city, takes 330 arduous steps.

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Notre Dame Cathedral
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Parc De Lorangerie

Situated just opposite the Palais de l'Europe, this is the largest and oldest park in the city. The beautifully proportioned pavilion, with its creamy white walls and central fountain, was constructed in honour of Empress Josephine in 1804. However, the oldest paths were designed by Andre Le Nôtre two centuries earlier. The park has boating on the lake in summer, as well as a zoo, a mini-farm and a stork enclosure.

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Parc De Lorangerie
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