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Mulhouse is a charismatic confection of colourful houses and internationally renowned museums. The stunning city has undergone a radical transformation from industrial impetus to cultural centre by converting its prosperous past into a thriving cultural scene. Majestic monuments decorate the Old Town like jewellery while immersive museums encourage visitors to lose themselves like a needle in informative displays and inspiring artistic examples. The town was recently awarded the ‘town of art and history’ label, an award that recognises a place’s assimilation of the classic and the contemporary.
Mulhouse is a multi-faceted metropolis whose appeal stems from its delightful diversity; begin your cultural odyssey with a visit to the Temple Saint-Etienne, a pristine protestant church whose awe-inspiring façade rivals that of Notre Dame. The 19th century structure exudes an air of Gothic grandeur, and its stained glass windows are considered to be some of the region’s most beautiful.
Immerse yourself in the bright and bustling market for a true taste of French life; kaleidoscopic stalls burst with local specialities and fresh fruit that demands visitors to sample it.
Although Mulhouse is home to an impeccable array of museums, one that should rank highly on your itinerary is the Museum of Printed Fabrics. Boasting the world’s largest collection of painstakingly preserved textile patterns, the museum invites visitors to discover over 50,000 textile examples from around the world; scarves, shawls and bedcovers all contribute to the museum’s compelling cultural tapestry.
As its name would suggest, the fine French fare of Le Rustique honours the time old traditions of classic cookery. Unanimously hailed as one of the city’s most refined restaurants, Le Rustique specialises in gourmet delicacies such as steak, scallops and exquisite tarts. Complete your delightful dining experience with a glass of fine wine from the extensive and enriching wine list. (116 rue de Bale, 68100 Mulhouse; France)