Mulhouse, the beautiful and calming hidden gem in France, a heaven to locomotive and automobile fans!
Mulhouse is a small beautiful town in France. It is located at the eastern part of France, near Switzerland and Germany. The city is famous with its car exhibition back in 1878, in which the classic cars are now displayed in the Cité de l’Automobile, Musée national de l’automobile, located just about 30 minutes’ walk from the train station.
If you are a fan of locomotive, this city is definitely for you! The Cité du Train, one of the ten largest railway museums in the world, is located just half an hour away by tram from Cité de l’Automobile Mulhouse, France.
If you are into a zoo person, then you will be spoiled by The Mulhouse Zoological and Botanical Park. My partner and I are neither the automobile, locomotive, or a zoo fan, so we didn’t go to any of these places, but instead, we are more interested to explore the city by foot.
Mulhouse was part of our Basel trip, when we visited 3 countries by foot just in 1 day. We went to Mulhouse by train from St. Louise that only took us about 15 minutes ride.
It was an unplanned trip. We were just randomly choosing our next destination by Googling the interesting places near us, and Mulhouse appeared to be the most interesting ones.
The next morning, we were rushing to the train station to buy the train tickets. There were self-service machines that apparently only in French! None of us speak French, so I seek for an assistance to the information counter. Guess what? We were refused because the staff wanted to eat his lunch and asked us to come back in an hour! GREAT! So, we tried our luck by just guessing and google translated the self-service machine, and… we made it!
It was an early world cup season when we visited Mulhouse. Just exactly the day France played. The city was so silent and empty as everyone were staying indoor watching the game. While having our morning coffee in peace, suddenly the silence turned into massive celebration as France won the game that day.
We walked around towards the city hall. It was really lovely. There were some beautiful old buildings near the city hall. One of the most famous building is the Temple Saint-Étienne.
Temple Saint-Étienne is a Calvinist church, which is part of the Protestant Reformed Church of Alsace and Lorraine. Just near the iconic Temple Saint-Étienne, there is a nice looking pink building that appear to the Mulhouse City Hall.
Overall, the city looks very beautiful with many colourful buildings! There was also a small weekend local market nearby the City Hall where we bought a fresh box of transparent berries and rhubarb.
A little bit farther from the city hall, there is a hill with wild flowers where we found another peaceful silence. We walked up and down the hill until we ended up at the other side of the main road and made our way back to the train station.
Our train back to St. Louise was delayed, so we had another 2 hours to spend. So, we walked more to the other side of the train station and found a nice housing area with a small local park where beautiful colourful flowers spoiled our eyes.
As a conclusion, Mulhouse is a very nice beautiful city that is perfect for a short weekend break. It is so peaceful and tranquil there. It is not a village, but also not a big city, so you can get the best of both. If you are a locomotive and/or an automobile fan, then this small city is a must to visit as it has one of the largest railway museums in the world and one of the best automobile museums. If you are a casual explorer like us, this city is also worth to visit as it offers many beautiful scenes and buildings to explore.
I recommend visiting Mulhouse for once at least. Better to add Mulhouse as part of your trip to Basel if you decided to do the same awesome thing I did, visited 3 countries in 1 day by foot! Or if you are planning your Europe trip, it will also a good idea to add Mulhouse into your itinerary!
If you pronounce “Mulhouse” as in English pronunciation, ‘Mul-house’, French people will not understand you. The right pronunciation is ‘Mul-us’. 😀
It is French after all! 😀