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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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FAQ

  • Where is Mulhouse located in France?

    Mulhouse is located in the Alsace region of France that borders Germany, in the Haut-Rhin department in the East of France.
  • How do you get from Paris to Mulhouse?

    The easiest way to get from Paris to Mulhouse is to take the TGV fast train from Paris Gare de Lyon train station to Mulhouse passing by Dijon and Besançon. The approximate timing of the journey is of 3 hours. If you are traveling by car then the A5 highway will take you to Langres follow by A31 and D417 department road towards the town of Belfort. From there you can take the A36 highway until you reach Mulhouse.
  • Is Mulhouse worth visiting?

    For many, Mulhouse is a small town of the Alsace region over shadowed by Strasbourg and Colmar. However, Mulhouse "City of Art & History" is in fact the second largest of the Alsace region and is home to some of the most unique museums of France. One of the most interesting is the Cité de l'Automobile - Schlumpf Collection that is home to 400 prestige cars. There is also a great Murals Art Tour of the city as some murals date back to the 16th century while others can be associated with modern Graffiti.
  • What is there to see & do in Mulhouse?

    Mulhouse was a free city until 1798 and nearly became part of the Swiss cantons. The historical city center is home to medieval streets and buildings and architecture. The city is also linked to its industrial past and especially textile manufacturers of the 19th century. That is why Mulhouse is home to a number of outstanding technical museums including the unique Car Museum - Schlumpf collection. The other most unique Museum is the Train - Railway Museum, the largest in Europe and one of the 10 largest in the world. The exhibition includes steam engines such as the Saint Pierre Buddicon N°33. Visitors can also admire emblematic trains created with the arrival of Diesel and Electricity such as the Capitol or the TGV fast train. Other attractions that are worth seeing in and around Mulhouse include the Museum of printed Textiles, the Alsace Eco-museum with its traditional Alsatian village, the Little Prince Park if you are traveling with children or why not just stroll through the colorful market that takes place 3 times a week, the larges of northeastern France.
  • What is your most popular Alsace day trip from Mulhouse?

    As of today, we only organize private tours out of Mulhouse. Our most popular Alsace region tour from Mulhouse is our private Pearls of Alsace full day trip as it combines the visits of Colmar, local villages, an optional wine tasting session and the visit of the Haut Koenigsbourg castle. As this is a private tour, it can be fully customized to suit your interests.
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