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Mulhouse is a town where the quality of life is very much appreciated. The town constantly strives to improve the quality of every day life for its 112,002 inhabitants. With a wealth of cultural events, numerous sports facilities and a quality environment, Mulhouse has many sites for strolling around and relaxing. A pioneering city at the time of the industrial revolution in France, Mulhouse has flourished thanks to the Textile, Chemical and Mechanical industry. From its past, Mulhouse has preserved an impressive heritage: the historic town that is shown off to advantage, impressive private mansions and the largest technical museum pole in Europe.

Not having much of an old town, Mullhouse is no city for strollers, but there are four or five outstanding - and rather unusual - museums in the town and its vicinity that delve into the region's manufacturing past: wallpaper, firemen, railway, automobiles and fabrics are all given their platform. There's also a jazz festival in August, which is a good time to be out partying in this town, with concerts in the museums, the schools and the streets, as well as in the cafés and bars.

Close to the gare SNCF, just along the canal to the right, is the excellent Musée de l'Impression sur Étoffes, 14 rue Jean-Jacques Henner. It contains a vast collection of the most beautiful fabrics imaginable: eighteenth-century Indian and Persian imports that revolutionized the European ready-to-wear market in their time; silks from Turkestan; batiks from Java; Senegalese materials; some superb kimonos from Japan; and a unique display of scarves from France, Britain and the USA. Also in the centre, the Hôtel de Ville on place de la Réunion contains a beautifully presented history of Mulhouse and its region in the Musée Historique, which exhibits seventeenth- and eighteenth-century furnishings. A section devoted to local archeological finds is closed until further notice.

Not having much of an old town, it is no city for strollers, but there are four or five outstanding - and rather unusual - museums in the town and its vicinity that delve into the region's manufacturing past: wallpaper, firemen, railway, automobiles and fabrics are all given their platform. There's also a jazz festival in August, which is a good time to be out partying in this town, with concerts in the museums, the schools and the streets, as well as in the cafés and bars. Close to the gare SNCF , just along the canal to the right, is the excellent Musée de l'Impression sur Étoffes, 14 rue Jean-Jacques Henner (daily 10am-6pm; printing demonstration on Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun at 3pm; €5.50). It contains a vast collection of the most beautiful fabrics imaginable: eighteenth-century Indian and Persian imports that revolutionized the European ready-to-wear market in their time; silks from Turkestan; batiks from Java; Senegalese materials; some superb kimonos from Japan; and a unique display of scarves from France, Britain and the USA. Also in the centre, the Hôtel de Ville on place de la Réunion contains a beautifully presented history of Mulhouse and its region in the Musée Historique (daily except Tues: July & Aug 10am-noon & 2-7pm; Sept-June 10am-noon & 2-5pm; free until renovation work is complete) which exhibits seventeenth- and eighteenth-century furnishings. A section devoted to local archeological finds is closed until further notice.

Mulhouse Tourist Attractions

Ecomusée

The Ecomusée adventure began in 1980 when a group of volunteers decided to rebuild and conserve some farmers' houses in their original village. Over the years the Ecomusée of Alsace has become the largest in Europe. The themes of the museum are life and work in the villages and factories of the 19th and 20th centuries: agriculture, livestock breeding, wine production, mining and crafts. Highlights of the museum's collections include the beautiful carrousels from village funfairs. The Ecomusée offers fascinating insights into the Alsace of bygone days and is also a great way to discover the rich and varied countryside.

EDF Electropolis Museum

EDF is France 's national electricity board, and Electropolis is its museum. In May 2003 a new 1,000 m² exhibition space opened charting the marvels of electricity throughout the 20th century with a combination of exhibition pieces, demonstrations, special effects and interactive displays. The EDF Electropolis Museum's collections feature some 10,000 pieces ranging from batteries to hydraulic turbines and through 18th-century electrostatic machine, 20th-century electronic games and electrical appliances.

National Automobile Museum

Bugatti, Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Panhard Car enthusiasts can admire some 400 models made by over one hundred European manufacturers in 17,000 m² of exhibition space. With its fabulous collections and fascinating history, this is one of the finest automobile museums in the world. The collections chart the history of the car right from its invention. Up until the mid-20th century it was a luxury item reserved for the elite but became more popular and widespread in Europe from the 1960's. What makes the museum's collections is exceptional is: - the quality of the cars: there are over 100 Bugattis, Peugeots, Renaults and Citroëns as well as more prestigious models by Rolls-Royce, Hispano-Suiza, Maserati, Ferrari etc - the number of vehicles on display: over 600, 400 of which are part of the museum's permanent collections.

Zoological and Botanical Garden

With some 1200 animals and 190 species, most of which are on the verge of extinction due to hunting or the disappearance of their natural habitat, Mulhouse"s Zoo is not only a great place for a day out but also aims to protect and conserve rare animal and plant species. The Zoo breeds animals and plants and carries out scientific research.

In addition to the varied fauna, there is also an exceptional collection of flora in the botanical gardens. Admire the different local and exotic plants that change with the seasons: you can see irises, dahlias, ferns, peonies, hemerocallis, hydrangea and many more.

Mulhouse International Carnival

The Carnival is a time-honoured tradition in Mulhouse, making it the «liveliest town in France between 1920 and 1935. The Carnival became somewhat lackluster in the wake of World War Two until 1953 when a group of leaders of local associations decided to liven it up and update it. The colourful, humorous floats made by over a hundred local associations illustrate aspects of local and national life. Every year visitors from all over Europe come to this lively, popular event which features festivals, shows and parades.

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