Top French Cities - Mulhouse at a glance

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City region: Alsace / Grand Est

Population & what they are called: 112,127 inhabitants (2014 census), called Mulhousien

Access from Paris:

  • by road: about 5 hours (296 miles) via the A5 autoroute de l'Est

  • by train: about 2 hours 40 by TGV from the Gare de Lyon

Famous native daughters & sons:

  • William Wyler, movie director

  • François Florent, actor, founder of the Cours Florent

  • Vitaa, singer

Most distinctive and/or unique fact or trait (or little known fact):

  • The world’s biggest car collection open to the public is in Mulhouse, hosted in the Cité de l'Automobile, Musée national de l'automobile, Collection Schlumpf.

  • Given its industrial underpinnings, Mulhouse has been nicknamed "the French Manchester" or the "city with a hundred chimneys.”

Notable sites:

  • Parc zoologique et botanique – a “remarkable garden” and zoo specialized in preserving endangered animal species and celebrating its 150 anniversary in 2018 (

  • Temple Saint-Etienne – the only protestant church on a main square in France and the tallest protestant building in France

  • Ancien Hôtel de Ville – the 16th-century town hall which contains a history museum

Top annual events:

  • Scènes de rues – a four-day street theater festival (

  • Etofféeries (Marché de Noël) – every year, the Christmas Market and city center are dressed in a new fabric created by a local designer – this year, blue and gold colors by Acanthus Festis (

  • Carnaval de Mulhouse – a buzzing atmosphere, carnival groups’ “Guggamusik” and good times guaranteed for thousands of carnival-goers (

Most notable museums:

  • Cité du Train / Cité de l'Automobile – respectively the largest railway and automobile museums in Europe (for trains) and the world (for automobiles) ( /

  • Musée de l'impression sur étoffes – a museum of printed textiles that bears witness to the textile heritage (

  • Ecomusée d'Alsace – lively open-air museum of over 70 traditional houses and seasonal programming (

Culinary specialties:

  • sauerkraut – emblematic meal of pickled cabbage, sausages, smoked bacon and potatoes, best eaten in a winstub (local restaurant)

  • fleischschnakas – a salted log cake (pastry and meat) shaped like a snail (“schnaka” in the local language)

  • bredala – without these biscuits Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas in Alsace

Local wines & spirits:

  • Alsace wines – the famous Alsace Wine Route is 25km from Mulhouse and leads through medieval villages where wines are tasted directly at the growers (

  • schnapps – Alsatian brandy made with local wine, flowers, herbs and fruits such as the plum-like damson

  • beer – lots of local craft beers mades by micro-breweries


  • La Vitrine – a temple to local and Alsatian creativity (

  • La Maison Alsacienne de Biscuiterie – special artisanal confections (

Most popular night spots:

  • Le Gambrinus – a beer bar and restaurant with evening programming that usually involves music

  • Noumatrouff – the local alternative scene for the music of today

  • La Quille – a highly esteemed wine bar

Local population’s favorite activities (or hangouts):

  • Quai des Pêcheurs – to enjoy the latest street-artists’ performances along the edge of the river Ill

  • Historic Mulhouse – the medieval lower town, the Rebberg district and around the Place de la Bourse in the Nouveau Quartier

  • Parc Wallach – a “remarkable garden” for a walk in the rose garden or run in the nearby Waldeck Forest

Local industries:

  • automobile – PSA Mulhouse, the Peugeot factory in Mulhouse, is the largest employer in Alsace (

  • textiles – Dollfus-Mieg et Compagnie (DMC), is the world leader in embroidery and crochet yarn with 40,000 retail outlets all over the world

In Pop Culture:

  • Parc du Petit Prince – more than 30 experiences in Little Prince Parc make it the first “aerial park” in the world (


Marion Fourestier
Atout France-The France Tourism Development Agency
New York, 10022
United States