Should I give a day each to the Automobile museum and the train museum? Are they that big?
The rail museum is well constructed and curated. Worth a couple hours to visit, more so if you’re a train fan. I have not been to the automobile museum. MMPARK is a military museum in La Wantzenau with a phenomenal vehicle collection and if such things are of interest it’s well worth a visit.
A few years back I visited the Automobile museum and it took about 3 hours (maybe a bit more, without breaks) to see the collection. At the end I rushed a bit to see everything, so the visit could have easily been longer. With some serious breaks (you really need) I think the collection is big and interesting enough to enjoy it most of the 8 hours the museum is open. To my opinion you have to look more about how much you can absorb instead worrying about the size of the collection. Never visited the train museum, but I wouldn’t visit them both in one day.
Thanks.....I'm thinking three nights in Mulhouse. I'm comimg from Colmar so Day 1 is seeing Mulhouse and the next two days are the museums.
Dont forget to visit the famous modern Ronchamp Cathedral by Le Corbusier - its an architecture masterpiece with "floating" roof!
The Cité du Rail is huge and amazing. Having less interest in cars, I have not been to the automobile museum yet.
I am not sure what else there is to see in Mulhouse besides the museums. You'll have enough time to stroll in the city center before or after a museum day. Therefore, day 1 could be spent going to Ronchamp before heading back to Mulhouse, if you are driving.
I"m going to skip Ronchamp as I am not interested in modern architecture and my interest in modern cathedrals is even less. But thanks for the suggestion.
And anyway, I won't have a car and the its 90 minutes each way by train including a change in each direction. No thanks.
The Auto museum is amazing. I had planned to do both museums in a day, but by the time we had finished at the car museum there wan't enough time to see the trains. My experience may be a little out of the ordinary as the day I was there they were offering free rides in about 20 vehicles. Who could resist?
Do eat at the cafe/restaurant. Decent food, good beer, and inexpensive.
I made a mistake earlier calling it the Cité du Rail because the real name is the Cité du Train.
I don't know if Rick allows this sort of link, but here is the report that I made of my visit there five years ago: https://anyportinastorm.proboards.com/thread/7847/mulhouse-rail-museum-cit-train