Colmar has more than 100,000 inhabitants and is the site for
the prefecture of the department of the Haut-Rhin. The Alsatian wine-growing
industry and many important vineyards revolve around Colmar.
Colmar takes its name from the Colombarium tower which
was located in the center of the Carolingien domain. In the 12
century, the area became a fortified market town. In 1226 Frederic 2
the city an imperial title with all the privileges that went with such
a standing. In 1648, the Treaty of Westphalia confirmed the possesion of
Alsace by France. Colmar escaped destruction of the 2
World War miraclously and can today offer one of the most charming city
centers of Alsace.