Mulhouse: A Ghost Town

STILL ON DAY 2 OF 19

After Colmar, we drove another half-hour to Mulhouse. What can I say about Mulhouse? Not much. I actually took a total of 4 photos because there really wasn’t much to see or do there. I don’t know if it’s because we had just been spoiled by the picturesque-ness of Strasbourg and Colmar, but it was not at all what I expected.


First off, it was deadsville. Apparently it’s university town, so it’s like the ENTIRE town packed up and left for summer. I mean, seriously, it was a ghost-town, tumbleweeds and everything (not really, but you get the drift). We could walk easily for 15 minutes and not see another soul. It did have a few good points...



YOU'VE GOTTA SEE...

OLD TOWN, PLACE DE LA RÉUNION

I guess this square would be the heart of the city. Located in the middle of the Old Town, this square is where all of the action is (very little action in the summer). Shops and restaurants line the north and west sides, the Old Town Hall on the south side of square, and the Temple Saint-Étienne, also called the Cathédrale de Mulhouse sits on the east end. Cute square except for the old mom & pop with their electric piano, singing (not ver well) super cheesy 70s French music.


Old Town Hall, Place de la Réunion


Temple Saint-Étienne, also called the Cathédrale de Mulhouse and a little bit of pop art


NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE MUSEULM - THE SCHLUMPF COLLECTION

The main attraction here is the car museum, however, we didn't end up going, due to the fact that my hubby did not want to see any classic or new European cars, he wanted to see pure American muscle cars. Still, if you're not as particular as my hubby, it seems to be a must see in Mulhouse (there's really nothing else to do). The Schlumpf Collection is the one of the most prestigious car collections in world, with 520 vehicles, 400 of which are displayed in the museum, and something like 122 of them are Bugattis.


YOU'VE GOTTA EAT AT...

RESTAURANT MAYFLOWER MULHOUSE

In the Old Town, this place caught our eye because the Harley on display in front, and the "Americanized" menu. Supposed to be Tex-Mex theme, but I don't think they quite grasp what Tex-Mex is. It was all good though. Here's what we had:

  • Assiette de Tapas: grilled chicken, mozzarella sticks, beignets de crevettes (shrimp), merlu (hake) and fried calamari. Lots of fried stuff, but oh-so-tasty.

  • Classic Tex-Mex Chesseburger: pretty much a classic cheeseburger and fries.

  • Wings: again, classic wings with a sweet sauce, for me, this was heaven.

  • The Service: the staff and service here was exceptional. Super friendly folks that chatted with us about the area and pretty much confirmed that there's not much to see in Mulhouse in August. They gave us suggestions for the next day, Chateau Haut-Koenigsburg, Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé (which will be the next post!).