Colmar has the largest and most interesting old town area. There are several villages in the vicinity of Colmar with interesting old areas but they are only villages, Riquewihr is the largest of these.
It is much more than the distinct size of the old town in Strasbourg in comparison with Colmar. It has much to do with the surrounding environment and adjacent parts of the larger community that adds up to the large scale differences that make up substantial quantities for making such a comparison work for you. Colmar is another ball game packaged in a bundle of Alsatian goodness not to be missed. Limitations are inherent in its smaller size. Bundles of Alsatian goodness can be found in Strasbourg also but they intrude other spaces. Response # 1 has much of value to offer. Do not look at Strasbourg as a single package. More to it than that. Look at Colmar as a single package of Alsatian goodness neatly bundled up to present a coherent entity.
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As far as the size... Strasbourg is “bigger” with larger squares and a more modern area and the old town. We were at both during holiday markets and loved the variety of things in Strasbourg and the options for things to do in the evening.
Colmar is a medium-sized town with a large, coherent old town which is very romantic.
Strasbourg is big city with business districts, industrial zones, railyards etc. The old town is also coherent and extensive but reflects that Strasbourg has been a bigger city already in medieval times, so the cathedral is larger, the bourgeois mansions are bigger, the squares are larger, the streets are wider.
The feel of both cities is a bit different. Since Strasbourg is much bigger, it has, of course, more to offer (hotels, shops, restaurants etc.). Colmar is more intimate. And Colmar is surrounded by picturesque wine villages.
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