One of Alsace’s emblematic towns, Mulhouse is a former industrial city that has evolved in step with the times. These days, it’s home to a unique heritage mingling modernity, old-world charm and tradition.
Mulhouse, former industrial city
Mulhouse is like no other town in the Grand Est. Its industrial past shaped its urban landscapes and has given rise to numerous technology museums with some truly unique exhibits on display!
The National Automobile Museum –Schlumpf Collection contains more than 300 classic cars, from the oldest to the most recent models. During your visit, you can also enjoy the museum’s autodrome and try your hand at driving a 1955 Citroën Traction or brand new Lamborghini!
Train City, the SNCF’s Railway Heritage Museum preserves the industrial memory of French railways and is the largest railway museum in Europe!
Mulhouse, master in the art of textiles
A textile city that earned its reputation back in the 18th century, Mulhouse played a leading role in the success of printed cotton fabrics in France. Born of a combination of talent and passion, Mulhouse is the right place to acquaint yourself with the history of Alsace’s textile industry.
Come and celebrate Christmas in Mulhouse and discover the region’s multifaceted knowhow. Every year, its inhabitants deck out the city’s streets, chalets and fir trees with fabrics! The Christmas Market is also an occasion to admire local craftsmanship close up, and fill your bag with delicious bredeles, those traditional Alsatian biscuits!
Mulhouse, an open-air art gallery
Located in the very heart of Alsace, Mulhouse retains traces of German influence, including the Bollwerk Tower, one of the few remains of the fortifications in the east of the city. The highpoint of your visit to the city will certainly be the magnificent Place de la Réunion, home to the Saint Etienne Temple, the tallest Protestant church in France and a remarkable piece of architecture.
There’s street art everywhere you look in Mulhouse, contrasting wonderfully well with the city’s old buildings. All you need do is take a stroll along its picturesque little streets to admire the frescoes and other artworks that adorn them.
Visiting Mulhouse as a family
Mulhouse has a whole range of fun family activities on offer, from the theme park to the Alsace Ecomuseum by way of Mulhouse’s Zoological and Botanical Park; your kids won’t forget their time in the “City of the Bollwerk” either!
Take your children for a day out at the Little Prince Park a theme park 100% dedicated to the poetic world of Saint-Exupéry and his blond-haired hero. In a more traditional register, they’re sure to enjoy the life-size recreation of a village of yesteryear on the Alsace Ecomuseum’s site. As a bonus, the venue is alive with dedicated craftspeople who will be happy to share all the aspects of their profession with you.