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Mulhouse

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Carte Alsace
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Mulhouse
Administration & Statistics

Administration
Region Alsace
Departement Haut-Rhin
Postal code 68100

Statistics
Elevation 232-338 m
land area 22 km2
Population 111,393 (2007)
Density 5,022 /km2
Mulhouse, in eastern France, is the largest city in the Haut-Rhin department. It is in the southern part of the Alsace region. It is close to the borders of Germany and Switzerland which has influenced its’ history, culture and cuisine. Mulhouse has a long cultural heritage that can be traced to the medieval age. It is an attractive city, with picture-book cobbled streets and well preserved architecture.

The first written records of Mulhouse date from the twelfth century. Mulhouse became a part of France in 1798. Its proximity to Germany led to conflict throughout its’ history.

It was occupied and annexed by Nazi Germany after the Battle of France in 1940, but was returned to France in 1945.

Medieval Mulhouse consists of a lower and upper town. The lower pedestrianised town developed around the Place de la Réunion and was inhabited by merchants and craftsmen. The upper town developed from the eighteenth century. Historically Mulhouse has been home to several monastic orders, including the Franciscans, and Augustinians.

The Nouveau Quartier was developed from 1826. This is an area around the Place de la Republique. It is a triabgular shape comprising a network of streets, and demonstrates early town planning. This area was favoured by by rich families and owners of local industries.

The Rebberg district was originally the town’s vinyard. Later it became the residential area for the affluent and influencial families. It has grand colonnaded houses designed to imitate the residences of Louisiana cotton planters, and streets of terraces inspired by the streets of Manchester, where the town’s industrialists sent their sons.

Mulhouse is famous for its museums, especially the Cite de l’Automobile and the Musee Francais du Chemin du Fer These are the largest automobile and railway museums in France.

With the Alsace region having an excellent reputation for cuisine the city has excellent retaurants where examples of regional food can be sampled along with locally produced wine and beer.

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