Mulhouse (France)

Twinned since 1981 Mulhouse Logo
Population: 112,000
Area: 8,5 sq. miles
Website: www.mulhouse.fr

Mulhouse is the capital of Southern Alsace and lies in the border triangle of France, Germany and Switzerland.

As the trailblazer of the Industrial Revolution in France Mulhouse first developed a significant textile industry and later it made its mark in the fields of chemicals and mechanical engineering. Today PSA Peugeot Citroën is the largest employer in Alsace with more than 10,000 employees.

Tram Train / Photo: City of Mulhouse Tram Train
City of Mulhouse

Mulhouse is the location of the Université de Haute-Alsace as well as colleges of chemistry, textiles and applied sciences.
The industrial past steeped in tradition laid the basis the foundations for a whole series of important museums, which have earned the city the title “European Capital of Technological Museums”. Outstanding here is the National Museum of the Automobile (Schlumpf Collection). Every year in July Mulhouse becomes the Mecca of vintage car fans on the occasion of the Automobile Parade.
 

 

The historic city centre has been restored with great care. The Town Hall presents itself in the colourful Rhenish Renaissance style and the Church of St. Stephen is known for its leaded-glass windows from the 14th century.
 

Church of St. Stephen / City of Mulhouse Church of St. Stephen
City of Mulhouse

The 112-metre-high Europe Tower (367 ft.) on Place de l’Europe is widely visible and characterises the cityscape from a distance. With its European neighbours Basel and Freiburg, Mulhouse shares an important international airport, the EuroAirport. The TGV Rhin-Rhône (high-speed train) connects Mulhouse with Paris with a journey time of about 3 hours.

The first amicable contacts between the two cities were made as early as the beginning of the 1960s. In 1981 a friendship agreement “Charte d‘amitié” was signed. In 1990 the mayors of the two cities sealed the twinning arrangement with an agreement.

Meetings of young people and senior citizens, exchange of athletes, joint EU projects and good business relationships characterise the relationship between Chemnitz and Mulhouse today.
 

 

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