ColmarCity of libertyRead more
The Statue of Liberty makes eyes at General Rapp. They arrange to meet in the Petite Venise quarter, where they love taking a boat trip on the River Lauch before sinking their teeth into a tarte flambée under the reassuring porch of the Koïfhus (Old Customs House). And the elegant belfry of the Collégiale Saint-Martin. Ah, Colmar’s mild microclimate...
StrasbourgAn inspired choiceRead more
The city of Strasbourg is our regional capital. But it’s also a European capital. At the heart of Europe, with its still unfinished cathedral crowned by its single spire, and at the heart of France, with its historic Petite France quarter and its flower-lined canals. So you can also discover Strasbourg by boat. Or by bike. Whichever you choose, all roads lead to the city’s little winstubs with their checked tablecloths...
The Alsace Wine RouteA snake in the vinesRead more
What’s 61 years old, 170 km long, and is sometimes green, sometimes red, but often white? Here’s another clue: the locals cultivate their land like nowhere else. Need another clue? Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner… You’ve got it! It is indeed the Alsace Wine Route, a serpentine route which snakes its way through the valleys of Alsace from north to south (or vice versa). Make sure you empty the boot of your car first...
BaselA city steeped in cultureRead more
The rhine flows beneath its bridges and its heart is turned towards France, Germany and Switzerland. But its heart beats to the rhythm of Herzog and de Meuron, Renzo Piano or Mario Botta, who have created its look, making Basel a city of culture, museums and constant architectural change.
Freiburg-im-BreisgauPast and presentRead more
Fancy sampling a nice sausage in the shadow of the cathedral? Or discovering the good life in a city in Bad-Würtemburg, on the edge of the Black Forest? Freiburg-im-Breisgau, founded in 1091, expresses its history in the future tense, a fine example being the Vauban eco-quarter.
Écomusée d’AlsaceRead more
Could it be magic or just an illusion? In 1994, Soufflenheim moved, as if by magic, to Ungersheim. Similarly, houses in neighbouring Sundgau miraculously started a new life in the shadow of the Alsace potash mines. The Ecomusée d’Alsace is Alsace in miniature.
Onion festivalCheers and onionsRead more
Soup, quiche, preserves, tarts, relish and even fried. They are believed to have diuretic and purifying properties and to act as stimulants. There are also red ones, but it is the golden ones which are feted in Mulhouse. Because the Mulhouse golden onion is famous. It even has its festival at the end of September.
Marché du Canal CouvertA fresh approach to produceRead more
In the words of the renowned Alsatian chef Marc Haeberlin, good living in Alsace is based predominantly on good fresh produce. And the finest example of this is Mulhouse’s Marché du Canal Couvert, with its 400 traders.
Alsatian cuisineA stork’s tale...Read more
First catch your stork, pluck it... oh, sorry, I digress. Open a bottle of kirsch liqueur. Pour yourself a good glassful. Oops, not too much. Keep a bit to marinate your sliced fruit. And hey presto, you’re all set to enjoy a good, traditional beraweka. What’s that? You didn’t understand the recipe?
Christmas in AlsaceRead more
You can’t ignore it. Towards the end of November, the trees are already beginning to glisten. Little log cabins emerge from their storage sheds. Mulled wine and spiced bread warm the cockles of our hearts. Baubles clink together in the breeze. Little children are already dreaming of the rustle of wrapping paper. In Alsace, this all lasts for 40 days. We call it the magic of Christmas and it’s something you’ve got to see at least once during your lifetime!
Incentive travelWork, rest and playRead more
Come on, come on, let’s get motivated: Yes, Mulhouse offers many opportunities for you to work in a relaxing atmosphere. So where do you want to go between two business meetings? Golf or wildlife? Nature or culture? Take your pick, there’s always something going on...
Traditional restaurantsGingham and liver dumplingsRead more
Is there anything more traditional in Alsace than Winstubs? They exude the wonderful aroma of local Alsace produce: hardaepfelkiechla (potato pie) and lawerknaepfla (liver dumplings) which compete with baeckeoffa (mutton, beef and pork casserole) on checked tablecloths. They’re places for eating with friends but strangers are always made welcome there. It’s like a diners’ club, where eating together and conversation go hand in hand...
The great thing about Alsace is that we feel as though we’re at the crossroads of Europe. Next door to the Baden region and the Swiss Alps. Just a stone’s throw from the German vineyards and the Black Forest and the lakes and pastureland of Switzerland.
“Our Alsace is so beautiful / With its cool valley air! / In the summer time / Wheat, vines and hops ripen there!” - Popular song from Alsace
GuebwillerQuite a story...Read more
In this city of Art and History, in the shadow of the Grand Ballon, they really know how to honour their past. A past steeped in pottery and Romanesque architecture. And (wine) culture is very much a part of life in the present. The names Kessler, Kitterlé, Saering and Spiegel are synonymous with Guebwiller, along with its Dominicains cultural centre and the potter Théodore Deck.
SundgauWhere a fish needs a bicycleRead more
In this southern region, carp is eaten fried. With fries. It certainly is. Because here, in this southern region, nature reigns supreme and people are happy to swap their cars for bikes. The Sundgau is best explored by pedal power. And even the fire brigade, with its new museum, has replaced the counts of Ferrette...
Chapelle de RonchampThe gentle Virgin MaryRead more
The Virgin Mary looks down from high on the hill. She has attracted attention and admirers since the Middle Ages. Clothed all in white, elegantly curved and with particularly soft lines (thanks to Le Corbusier’s genius), she has watched over and protected fallen soldiers for 60 years.
Tram-TrainAre you ready to rock?From the Oeil de la sorcière to the Bollwerk tower it’s only a short step. Or rather a track - for the tram-train (the first of its kind in France). You climb aboard in Thann, nod off and wake up in Mulhouse station. With a half-hourly rhythm, it would be a pity to miss the chance to be rocked to sleep.
A walk in the VosgesLeft, right... Left, right...An athletic trek, an organised hike, an outing with the family, a foodie tour or a lazy stroll - whatever kind of walk you prefer, Mulhouse is the perfect starting point for an enjoyable excursion. So why not head out for the Hautes Vosges d’Alsace, returning on the Tram Train?
HelitravauxJust a short hop away...Hello? Look, I’m in Mulhouse and I’d like to give my girlfriend a surprise. I’d like to take her on a flight to propose to her. You can? Yes? Oh, do you have a helicopter? Great, she’ll be in seventh heaven.