France facts and history in brief
Mulhouse, is the industrial capital of Alsace,
on the banks of the Ill River and the Rhône-Rhine Canal, near
the German and Swiss borders, between the Vosges mountains
and the Rhine river, at the southern
end of Alsace near the beginning of the Jura
mountain range and the lesser known Sundgau region.
The name comes from the word mill/Mühle, which
was a solitary mill with several houses
built around eventually.
The township can trace its origin back to 803.
In the 12th century Mulhouse became a free town.
In the 15th century Mulhouse was an imperial town.
Later became a republic and was
allied with the Swiss federation.
In 1798, became part of France.
Mulhouse pioneered the industrial
revolution in France.
Mulhouse was fortunate enough to
take an important place in Alsatian history.
The city has been a major
textile centre since the 18th century and
also have a fertilizer industry based
on nearby potash deposits and metallurgical
The city's past is reflected in the old
town, the Place de la Réunion,
the centre of the city, and the elegant
19th century houses.
Mulhouse has many attractions, including
eight technical museums (Like the
Automobile Museum, the Railroad Museum),
showing the city's
industrial development, Zoological and
Botanical Gardens and many others.
The nearby Sundgau region is well known for its fried
carp and is attracting many tourists for
the tranquility of its agricultural setting.
We've enjoyed our stay at Mulhouse.
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