Colmar is situated 64 km south-southwest of Strasbourg, on the Lauch River. It is connected to the Rhine River by a canal.
With an average annual rainfall level of just 530 mm/m² per year, Colmar is the dryest town in France. This results from the town's location directly to the east of the Vosges Mountains. The mountains force clouds arriving from the west to rise, and much of their moisture to condense and fall as precipitation over the higher ground, leaving the air warmed and dried by the time it reaches Colmar.
The city centre is beautiful and the houses are a must see.