Place des Six Montagnes Noires (Square of the Six Black Mountains), Colmar

Place des Six Montagnes Noires (Square of the Six Black Mountains), Colmar

The Square of the Six Black Mountains (Place des Six Montagnes Noires) is on the site of the old "Zum Schwarzenberg," a highly popular up-scale 14th-century hostelry that burned down in 1880.

Many legendary personalities stayed there. The guest list included the princes of Wurttemberg, Duke Wellington, Field Marshal Gustav Horn (hero of the Thirty Years' War who strengthened France in Europe), Marshal General Turenne (who deprived Spain of domination in Europe), and even Cardinal Jules Mazarin.

The hotel burned down at the end of the 19th century. After the fire, the city of Colmar erected a fountain on the spot called the Roesselmann Fountain and therein lies a tale. The fountain features a bronze statue of Judge Jean Roesselmann, who died in 1262. He was defending the independence of Colmar against the bishop of Strasbourg.

The sculptor, Auguste Bartholdi, gave Roesselmann the features of Mayor Hercule de Payerimhoff, who was forced out of office by German occupiers in 1871. The fountain, adorned with four bronze fish weirs, was inspired by the multi-lobed form of Gothic-style fountains.

Square of the Six Black Mountains is one of the five Christmas markets in Colmar. It is reserved for the children's market. It has mini houses, a carousel, and Santa's great mailbox.

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Place des Six Montagnes Noires (Square of the Six Black Mountains) on Map

Sight Name: Place des Six Montagnes Noires (Square of the Six Black Mountains)
Sight Location: Colmar, France (See walking tours in Colmar)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Colmar, France

Create Your Own Walk in Colmar

Create Your Own Walk in Colmar

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Bartholdi's Statues in Colmar

Bartholdi's Statues in Colmar

Auguste Bartholdi is one of the most famous artists from Colmar. His works, such as the Lion of Belfort in Belfort, France, and the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, are known around the world. Colmar is decorated with open-air pieces sculpted by the artist.

Many of Bartholdi's statues are found in fountains that occupy spaces in city squares or on significant street corners. Some of...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles
Colmar Introduction Walking Tour

Colmar Introduction Walking Tour

Charlemagne was well acquainted with Colmar in his wars with the Saxons from 772 to 804 AD. Carolingian emperor Charles the Fat held an assembly there in 884. It was a free imperial city under Emperor Frederick II in 1226. Captured and held by Sweden in 1632, it was conquered at last by Louis XIV of France in 1673.

In 1871 it was annexed by the German Empire as a result of the Franco-Prussian...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles