An industrial powerhouse in Alsace, Mulhouse’s manufacturing pedigree now translates to top-notch museums for everyone.
No locomotive museum in the Europe is larger than the Cité du Train here, and the same applies to the EDF electricity museum, while the Museum of Printed Fabrics recounts centuries of textile expertise.
The attractions are cleverly set out so that experts and enthusiasts will come away as fulfilled as casual visitors and kids.
Mulhouse is most famous for its fabrics, a heritage celebrated at Christmas when the historic Place de la Réunion is draped in colourful cloth.
Lets explore the best things to do in Mulhouse:
1. Cité de l’Automobile
There are car museums, and then there’s the Cité de l’Automobile, which is a spectacle that almost defies belief.
Car connoisseurs will travel long distances to see just one Bugatti: Well, there are more Bugattis at this former textile mill than in any other single place in the world.
You have 400 cars to see and more than a quarter of these are Bugattis, while the remainder goes back to the earliest years of the automobile with Léon Bollée’s “tricar” from 1896. These cars were brought together by the Schlumpf brothers, textile factory owners who amassed the vehicles in a disused mill in secret, only for them to be found when striking workers broke in during the 1970s.