In france, Mulhouse has the reputation for being cold. But now with the nearby airport of Basel - Mulhouse, more and more people are choosing this destination for a weekend break. And it is not that cold. I recommend going on holidays before Christmas, when there's a beautiful Christmas market in the Place de la Réunion. Mulhouse was once an independent state, but joined France in the 18th century after the French Revolution. The small beautifully-preserved medieval houses give off a Germanic influence, as does the town hall and the cathedral. To get there, it is best to train and remember that taxis from the airport run for 50 euros, and that there's no public bus at night. The city has a public bicycle service and two tram lines.
The history museum of the city of Mulhouse is inside the town hall, which looks like a beautiful red dollhouse-type of meeting place. There we learned that from the ninth century on there's evidence that the plateau of Mulhouse had inhabitants, but that it was really developed in the twelfth century. The German Emperor Barbarossa put the pressure on to build a large church for the city to give it privileges. Mulhouse became an almost independent state. The rich typically bought their freedom to the king, and the king made this an option so that he could have all the votes of the city council. We visited the council chamber, where decisions were made in the city. Still bears the hallmarks of Mulhausen, its German name. The wealth of the city attracts workers from across the region, and Germany and Switzerland route until it arrives. The city becomes a specialist in fabric production. In 1800, Mulhouse had 7000 inhabitants in 1850, is 32000, while Basel was only 25 000. Another part of the museum is about everyday life, with beautiful antique furniture and children's games.
Place de la Reunion is the main square in Mulhouse and is a beautiful old place where there's a cathedral and town hall built in the sixteenth century. The pedestrian-only area has many houses from the 17th century which are painted in bright colors and very well-preserved. Many people think that eastern France is a gray, sad and tatty region with nothing to see. But in reality, everything is very happy there, like something out of Hansel and Gretel. The squat houses seem straight out of a Disney movie. I can imagine it at Christmas time, with the little huts selling regional treats and hot cinnamon tea. There is a "chocoteca" which sells chocolaty delights, cakes, or just hot cocoa, travel agencies, and tourist office in the large, pink Town Hall building. Here, you can find info about two walking routes through the old center with explanations about the buildings, and a small museum about the history of the city. Reunion square marks the time when Mulhouse rejoined France.
The temple in Saint Etienne would be a cathedral if it were situated anywhere else in France, a Catholic country, but in Mulhouse, home of the Protestant reformers, it is simply a temple. It is situated in the meeting square, the city's main square. The Alsatians have preferred to call it an event rather than an annexation meeting. Is a Reformed church, which was formerly a Catholic church, but it is now a Protestant church, which converted to the Lutheran Reformation in the year 1528. The current building, whose towers look several miles away, was constructed in the year 1866, and replaced the old 13th Century Catholic church. It looks like a cathedral, but it was built with the private funds of wealthy industrialists from the region. The interior is more Protestant, it features a triple nave and stands high overlooking the communion table and a beautiful Walcker organ, which dates back to the 19th Century. The windows of the old Catholic church were preserved and re-installed in the new temple. It is widely thought that they are the most beautiful in the entire region.
Mulhouse's town hall is a beautiful pink house which is on Place de la Réunion, next to the church. The square was renovated and it looks beautiful with its low to the ground medieval houses. The building dates back to 1432. Before the meeting of the Republic of Mulhouse in France, this was the seat of government in the country. In fact, the square is named after this meeting, which happened in 1798. Since 1969, the building houses the city's history museum, and you can also visit the council chamber, where the mayor still meets with representatives. The building has beautiful exterior decorations, and a beautiful outdoor staircase. The paintings depict the vices and virtues, and this location is also famous for the frescoes in the council chamber. Is Revival style, with a Germanic influence.
The Theatre de la Sinne is the main theater in Mulhouse. It is next to the city's medieval center, and a public garden. It is in an Italian style with red bricks and gold painted details. It was built in the 19th century, and now offers a very diverse program, from popular comedies to opera, the ballet group of the region and the national school concerts of music, dance and drama. Sometimes there are performances for children in the afternoon. Reservations are made in the morning and from 4 to 6pm on weekdays except for Wednesdays. You can also buy tickets before the show, but it is normally quite full.
The tram is the fastest method of transport, and it is also the greenest and most beautiful method of transport to be found in the city of Mulhouse. If you take the bus, you have to deal with a lot of traffic, but of course it is nothing like the big cities such as Paris or Barcelona. If the weather is good, there are the Velocités, a free bike service, but the tram, rain or shine, is both quick and convenient. The fare costs 1.20 euros for a ticket, and allows you to change between both bus and tram for an hour indefinitely. There are two tram lines, which were decorated by the residents. The tram is yellow, much happier than in Paris. The first line runs from the main train station and reaches Rattachement, the other goes from Nouveau Bassin up to Coteaux. From these four points there are buses to the suburbs. But once you get where there is a tram, it is better to change in order to take advantage of exclusive tracks and speed.
The Bassin Nouveau area is at Mulhouse exit and is easily reached from the city by tram. It is the last stop on line 2. It is a modern neighborhood where there are more gardens than in the small historic center. Its name comes from a large, tree-lined pond surrounded by green spaces. Nextdoor, there's an entertainment center with shops and a large movie theatre. The summers are quite warm in the city, and many people come here to picnic. Everything was built in the 90s and you notice it in the architecture and garden design. The landscapes are geometric and made up of concrete and trees, but it's a nice place in the end.
The Mulhouse Train Station is being completely renovated, so right now it's not the prettiest its ever been. However, it's still a working station, and is the most convenient station to take to go to Switzerland. To go to Bale for example it only takes 30 minutes. There is a youth card called December 25 and it gives you 50% off on your travels, worth about 50 euros and you may be worthwhile if you're going to move much of France. The direct paths are Bale, Zurich in Switzerland with TGV, but few stop in Mulhouse. IDTGV There is a train that goes to Paris for 19 euros for all if you buy in advance. A Corail reaches Troyes, Belfort or Vesoul, another to Lyon and Port Bou in Spain. There is a station if you need wi fi internet, a restaurant and takeaway shop and a newsstand. The easiest is to go to the station with the tram, or bus.
The rue du Sauvage, or Wild Street, is called in the Alsace dialect Wildemannsgass. The dialect is similar to German, since it is near the border. It's a merchant street and lively. It begins in the Place de la République and reaches the Porte Jeune, surrounding the pedestrianized part of the town. It's animated, but only during the day, at 6 pm everyone goes home! It's the same throughout the region, more so in winter. There are national chain clothing franchises, restaurants, sandwich shops, optical shops, but also small businesses from 50 years ago that are still there and dynamic. They sell fruit, vegetables, bread and typical regional products. The street is partially pedestrianized, but there's a tram that runs in the middle, so you have to watch out. The streets of Mulhouse are from the time of the annexation of the region by Germany and the streets were left with German names. Worse yet, this street had to take the name of Hitler during the Second World War. That was changed.
The Kinepolis is a fairly modern entertainment center in the neighborhood of Nouveau Bassin, Mulhouse. It is found in an area that is located outside the historic center of the city, and can be reached by a tram line, which is ten minutes from downtown. There is also a public bike service.
The normal rate is 8.80 euros, reduced to seven euros and six for children under twelve years of age. There are also 3D movies that you can see, and the tickets cost 10.80 euros and eight for children. The new movie pass allows you to go see five movies for twenty euros, and can be shared among several people; the card is not nominative. Most of the films are in French, so there are few in the original version.
Velocité is a public bike service in Mulhouse, Alsace. They are cute gray and red bikes which are available in 20 areas of the city with free access. Bicycles shine, day or night, and have a padlock to prevent theft and so that they can be seen by cars, there is also a small shopping basket. You can take them for an entire year, in this case you will have to write a check for 150€ as a deposit, and pay 15 euros per year. The first half hour is free, others are paid. For short term, you can take a voucher for a week which costs 1.50 euros. The extra hour is charged one euro, with a limit of 5 euros per day. This concept appealed to me, because you can take the bike for the night, if you're going out with friends and are far from downtown, and return safely the next day. It is not possible in all the cities that have this concept of public bikes. It is also perfect in this city, where buses stop at 7 pm.
The Tower of Europe, with 112 metres and 37 floors, is the highest skyscraper in the region of Alsace. Located in the city of Mulhouse, this high-rise building is distinguished by its glass facade and triangular shape. Its structural profile is reminiscent of Mulhouse's status as a European crossroads, the meeting point of three countries (France, Switzerland, and Germany). It also symbolises a place of exchanges and meetings between the three nations. The Tower of Europe is mostly residential, though it has a revolving restaurant on the top floor. You can enjoy a lovely meal here, while admiring the stunning views.
This is the largest car museum in the world, created by Fritz Schlumpf and recently modernised and expanded. Today it covers more than 25,000 square metres, offering an audio tour of the more than 400 models. A great day for the family.
Mulhouse has a great zoo and botanical garden where you can see more than 1,000 animals, plants, trees; it also has a park specifically dedicated to flowers. It's a real treat to spend three hours or so in this place, falling under the spell of the tigers or polar bears, or taking a stroll through the shaded paths. In short, a great place but it's not free (entry is 10 euros).
The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (Mulhouse) and was finally finished after 40 years. The display of paintings , sculptures and drawings from his private collection is the collection that you can see in the museum. The collection is housed in a small mansion, a property of the poet's family Belfortain: Leon Deubel. The museum has a collection of works by important artists in the history of modern art, such as Cubism, Picasso, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, André Masson, Le Corbusier and Henri Laurens. The collection is housed in a small mansion, a property of the poet's family Belfortain: Leon Deubel. The interior has been completely renovated by architects Robert Perrette Perriand and Rebutato.
Are you wondering what there is to do in Mulhouse? This spot is great for a full family vacation or even just a short weekend visit. Since it is not hard to find cheap flights, Mulhouse, in the Haut-Rhin department, is really worth a visit. There are magical places to visit in Mulhouse, with its chic aesthetic, clean, and well maintained streets, as well as landmark buildings and other Mulhouse attractions with a lot of history behind them.
A list of things to do in Mulhouse will fill a full vacation itinerary, and may even require a follow-up visit. Top spots to see include the Town Hall, a beautiful pink building on the main square, which is called the Place de la Reunion. Here you can see many colorful buildings. You certainly can't miss it, but be sure to find the great Gothic cathedral called Temple Saint-Étienne. Still wondering about other stuff to do in Mulhouse? What about the History Museum? The river? The Nouveau Bassin? You will soon see that there are tons of attractions in Mulhouse!
Things to see in Mulhouse also include attractions in the countryside, where you can visit wineries and take enjoyable bike rides. If you are still wondering about Mulhouse activities, make sure to visit minube.