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Alsace

Mulhouse

Mulhouse is a mid-sized town located in the southern part of the Alsace region of France. A former industrial center, the city has transformed itself in the previous years and today offers an attractive historical center, top-rated industrial museums and a fabulous street art scene.

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Mulhouse Travel Guide (Alsace, France) A bit of History Mulhouse became a free imperial city in 1308. Allied to the Swiss in the 16th century, it finally joined the French Republic in 1798. After the Franco-German War of 1870, the town became German and was reunited with France by the end of WWI. The town became prosperous thanks to the Textile industry but other industries also had a significant importance such as the manufacture of armaments and railway rolling stock. Unfortunately, like many other cities of the industrial eastern part of France, Mulhouse suffered a decline of its textile industry followed by the Potash mining that was extracted since the beginning of the 20th century. Mulhouse ...

Mulhouse Travel Guide (Alsace, France)

A bit of History

Mulhouse became a free imperial city in 1308. Allied to the Swiss in the 16th century, it finally joined the French Republic in 1798. After the Franco-German War of 1870, the town became German and was reunited with France by the end of WWI.

The town became prosperous thanks to the Textile industry but other industries also had a significant importance such as the manufacture of armaments and railway rolling stock. Unfortunately, like many other cities of the industrial eastern part of France, Mulhouse suffered a decline of its textile industry followed by the Potash mining that was extracted since the beginning of the 20th century.

Mulhouse today

Visitors come from all over the world to visit its outstanding technical museums, discover its beautiful zoo and admire magnificent architectural achievements from the 17th century. Mulhouse was labeled a City of Art & History in 2008 which recognizes the exceptional Heritage that a town possesses. There are 17 buildings that are classified as historical monuments including the town Hall and Private Mansions that date back to the 18th century.

The Historical Center

One of the most significant monuments of Mulhouse is the Bollwerk tower. Part of the Old Ramparts, it was classified as a historical monument in 1893 even though the town was not French. Built during the 14th century, the building will be transformed throughout the centuries.

Crenelated tower originally, a roof will be added in the 18th century and a bell tower in 1840. The Imperial Eagle that is still visible under the frescoe representing the attack of Mulhouse by Martin Malterer reminds visitors that Mulhouse had gained the privilege of being a Free City of the Empire.

The Town Hall

The Town Hall is also a major landmark that one should not miss. Rebuilt in 1552 after being destroyed by a fire, the building is a fine example of Renan Renaissance architecture with its volute gables and sandstone windows. An interesting element of the façade is the "Klapperstein" aka the "Gossip Stone" that was hung around the neck of women accused of gossiping. 

Mieg Private Mansion

Mieg Private Mansion should also be part of your list of buildings to see while in the historical part of Mulhouse. This beautiful Bourgeois Mansion dates back to the mid 1500's and is a rare example, in Mulhouse, of the architectural style of the time. The façade is decorated with paintings that relate episodes of the History of Switzerland as the owner of the time was against the reunion of Mulhouse to France.

Industrial Heritage

Industrial tourism is everywhere in Mulhouse: visit 19th century technical museums, industrial heritage... and company tours! Today, local businesses open their doors and show you what goes on behind the scenes. The town is also famous for housing fantastic technical museums such as the Schlumpf Collection of Classic Cars or the Train Museum which is the largest railway museum in Europe.

The Schlumpf Classic Car Collection

Started by the Schlumpf brothers during the 1960's, this unique Classic Cars museum is one of the most impressive in the world. Take a leap back in time and admire more than 243 iconic models as you are introduced to the story of the automobile adventure throughout the ages. The Musée de l'Automobile also houses Formula 1 race cars and dream cars including a Bugatti Royale and Bugatti Veyron.

The Railway museum

Created by the passion of one man, Jean-Mathis Horrenberger, the Train - Railway museum of Mulhouse opened its doors in 1971. In 2005, the museum was completely renovated and it presents today thousands of railway objects and 151 materials from the French Railway Heritage collection. Admire steam engines such as 'Saint Pierre' Buddicon N°33, the oldest preserved in Europe. Travel through the centuries as you relive the arrival of diesel and electricity and see how train travel has evolved.

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