Once part of Switzerland and then incorporated into France, Mulhouse has been an industrial city since its early days, producing leather, textiles, and later playing an important role in the development of modern cars. Although badly damaged during WWII, traditional houses from the 19th and 20th centuries are still common, and the city also has a great array of museums and galleries for visitors to choose from. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Mulhouse is both easy and economical.
One of Mulhouse's most popular attractions is the National Automobile Museum, which attracts many visitors from France and around the world each year. Drive your rental car a short distance north of the town centre to visit the museum, which houses over 450 rare motorcars, from the late 1800s through to the 1970s. Regarded as one of the most prestigious automobile collections of the world, the museum houses many rare and exotic cars, some of which are unique one-offs and prototype models.
A short drive further north with your hire car near the town of Ungersheim, you can visit one of the largest outdoor museums in Europe, known as The Ecomusée d'Alsace, or the Alsace Open Air Museum. Here you will find a large village which was built with authentic rural homes and barns from the 19th century which were saved from demolition and moved here from their original locations. The museum offers a great insight into the rural way of life that the locals lived in the past, with working examples of blacksmiths, potters and farms, as well as fields and forests ready to be explored.
Back in Mulhouse, there are a number of museums and galleries which are also well worth a visit. The Cite du Train is an excellent railway museum, and there is also a highly regarded fine arts museum. After seeing the sights, you can also take your pick from green outdoor spaces in which to relax and unwind. Mulhouse Botanic Gardens are popular with many visitors, and for a great day trip, drive your rental car out into the Hardt Sud Forest, where you can enjoy many hiking trails, or perhaps just stop for a picnic.
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