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        About Mulhouse

        Mulhouse is located near the borders of Switzerland and Germany and is a sub-prefecture of the Haut-Rhin department in the Grand Est region of eastern France. It is part of the Alsace region and its second-largest city after Strasbourg. The Ill River flows through the city and it is surrounded by the Vosges Mountains and the Jura Mountains. The Swiss city of Basel is only 35 kilometres away from Mulhouse, which makes the city's location even more interesting as it is connected to the other countries and major cities there.

        This interesting industrial city is best known for its amazing museums and rich industrial past, which you can discover in one of the many museums in the city. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations for all lovers of different means of transport. Two museums deserve special mention: the Automobile Museum and the Railway Museum. In these large and high-quality museums, you will learn everything you need to know about the evolution of vehicles throughout history, as well as everything you need to know about the railway, the train and the transport system in France and beyond.

        The city has a very strong tradition in the textile industry, in addition to the well-developed car industry. Nowadays, Mulhouse is developing in many fields, becoming a very important university town, a centre of plastics and electronics industries...

        But of course, Mulhouse is not only about the industry. Besides factories and industrial museums, there are many other things to see. There is a lot of street art to admire all over the city. You can also admire the great architecture and enjoy delicious food that will not disappoint you.

        The influence of Swiss and German culture can be felt throughout the city, but of course, French culture is prevalent here and you will notice this in the many French restaurants in the city and also in your interactions with the locals, who are proudly French and will generously welcome you into their city.

        So if you are taking a road trip through France and you are a car enthusiast, then you should stop off in Mulhouse. Also, if you are travelling by car through Germany or Switzerland and want to visit one of the French cities, Mulhouse is the perfect place for you. Here you can park your car and enjoy this charming French city.

        Basic info and car hire in Mulhouse

        • Location: Grand Est Region, France
        • Population: 108,942
        • Official language: French
        • Currency: Euro
        • Weather:   Mulhouse has a temperate oceanic climate
        • Holidays in Mulhouse:   For public holidays in Mulhouse follow this link
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions:  Most roads in Mulhouse are in good condition.
        • Car hire in Mulhouse:  The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Mulhouse is at Mulhouse Basel airport and Mulhouse Railway Station. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Mulhouse!

         Driving in Mulhouse

        Driving in Mulhouse has a special charm. Mainly because everything in this city has to do with cars and driving. So if you are taking a road trip through France and you like the car industry, then you should stop here. The roads here are in perfect condition and the traffic is not as heavy as in some bigger cities in France. These are the main reasons why you will enjoy driving on the roads of this unique city. It is good to know that there are many things to see outside of the city center that is also accessible by car. So, when you are in Mulhouse, make a good plan of what you want to see outside the city, because there are many interesting sights around Mulhouse, and you need to adjust your schedule to the time you have available for this stop.

        One very important thing for driving enthusiasts here in Mulhouse is the driving courses for Ferrari owners. There are some great courses where you can learn a lot about how your car reacts to different surfaces, traffic situations, and most importantly how to react in tricky situations while driving. For the more experienced, there is also the option of racing Ferraris, but for that, you should check out the websites of the local Ferrari dealers here in France.

        • Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in France is 18 years.
        • International Driving Permit:  Yes, if you are a non-EU license holder.
        • Additional papers:   Identification(passports for all people in the car), the car's registration certificate, and your M.O.T. certificate (for cars over three years old, proving the vehicle meets environmental and road safety standards), a valid driving license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in France)
        • Additional requirements:  High-visibility, reflective vest for every person in the car, Warning triangle, Full set of replacement bulbs for head and taillights, Spare pair of glasses, Headlight converters (required if driving from, "Crit'Air" badge (required in central Paris), Breathalyzer.
        • Children in the car:  Children under 13 must be in car seats or wearing seat belts appropriate for their age and height. Babies and infants about a year old or under should always be positioned in rear-facing car seats.
        • Driving side of the road: Right
        • Lights:  Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
        • General speed limits: There is a variable maximum speed on French roads, depending on weather conditions. In dry weather, 2- or 3-lane rural roads are limited to 80 km/h, 4-lane expressways (in rural areas) are limited to 110 km/h, and motorways (in rural areas if classified as highways) are limited to 130 km/h. In rainy conditions, the limits are lowered to 80, 100, and 110 km/h respectively. The 50 km/h speed limit in cities is independent of weather conditions. The general speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h on all roads in fog or other poor visibility conditions when visibility is less than 50 meters.
        • Parking suggestions: In the city area, you must pay for all street parking from Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am-8:00 pm, and you pay per hour. Parking is free on Sundays and holidays. Generally, you can park for up to 6 hours at a time if you do not have a resident's permit, and up to a week at a time with a permit.

        Car Hire in Mulhouse

        Most popular car hire at Mulhouse

        The most selected hire car in Mulhouse is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Mulhouse are mini, economy, and compact.

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from Mulhouse

        Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Mulhouse. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the France.

        • Mulhouse-Colmar (43km with approximately 40 minutes of drive)

        • Mulhouse-Strasbourg (114km with approximately 1-1,5 hours of drive)

        • Mulhouse-Freiburg (60km with approximately 1 hour of drive)

        • Mulhouse-Basel (36km with approximately 30 minutes of drive)

        What to see in Mulhouse

        Cité de l'Automobile

        This is the largest automobile museum in the world. There are more than 400 cars on display in this museum and you can learn all about the evolution of the automobile from its beginnings to today. The museum is divided into different sections, each dedicated to a specific area of the car industry. A large section is dedicated to racing cars, there is also an area for classic cars, safety cars, etc. So for every car lover, this museum is a must-visit once in a lifetime.

        Cité du Train

        Not far from the Cité de l'Automobile is another museum dedicated to transportation. The Cité du Train is the largest railway museum in the world. For all enthusiasts who admire trains and the evolution of trains and railways, this is the perfect place to visit. There are different sections of the museum dedicated to different areas of the railway industry. You can learn all about the evolution of trains from the beginning until today, then there is a part dedicated to the golden era of railway transport and finally, a part that is the railway panorama.

        L'entrepot

        This unique theatre is a popular destination for locals and tourists who love art. The building of this theatre is covered with ivy, which gives it a very special look that you will love. Inside the building, there is a special atmosphere and ambiance for artists and spectators. The theatre is designed in such a way that the audience interacts closely with the artists on stage. There is also a very popular bar and restaurant in this theatre where the audience can sit with the artists and talk about shows, art, etc.

        Musée de l'Impression sur Etoffes de Mulhouse

        Another museum that tells about the rich industrial history of Mulhouse. The museum is dedicated to the printing industry. You can explore the printing machines, techniques, and materials from the early days to the present day. You can observe the different printing processes on different materials throughout history here, so you can understand the evolution of this industry throughout history.

        Historical Museum of Mulhouse

        This museum is located in one of Mulhouse's most popular historic buildings. This 16th century Renaissance building, which used to serve as the town hall, now houses an impressive collection of objects and artwork from prehistoric times to the present day. There are some great pieces from the past on display here, giving you further insight into the past of this interesting city. It is worth a visit!

        • Visit Mulhouse

          Explore France 

          Drive your rental car beyond Mulhouse

          If you are taking a road trip through France and want to learn more about the Industrial Revolution and specific industries such as the automobile or railroad industries, then you need to head to Mulhouse. This rich industrial city has an exciting history that you can experience in many museums in the city.

          The location of this city is also great. It is located near the border of Germany and Switzerland, which gives you many options for your trip. You can enjoy the diversity of cultures in this area and this diversity is reflected in different aspects of life. One of them is undoubtedly the architecture, but also the gastronomy, the art, the character of the locals and much more...

          The roads in this part of France are in very good condition, so you will enjoy driving through and exploring this beautiful part of Europe. Alsace is a great place to explore. You have beautiful nature here and a very rich wine culture, which is undoubtedly one of the favorite reasons for many tourists to come here.

          Besides nature, there are also many beautiful cities here that are worth visiting. One of these cities is Strasbourg. Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region, but it is also the capital of Europe. You can explore this city by car, by boat, by bike or on foot. The choice is yours, but one thing is for sure: you will love this wonderful city! Just over the border from Germany is the city of Freiburg, which is also worth a visit. There you can explore and enjoy the German culture, which is heavily influenced by France and Switzerland. Speaking of Switzerland, you can also visit Basel, which is not far from Mulhouse. Another city you should visit is Colmar, nicknamed Freedom City. With the Statue of Liberty there and many other sights, Colmar is a place that will delight you.

          So, there are many options around Mulhouse for any traveler or tourist who wants to explore more than just Mulhouse. It is up to you to make a good plan according to your preferences, buckle up and drive safely!

        • Explore Mulhouse

          Enjoy the culture in Mulhouse

          Where to eat, drink, and party in Mulhouse

          Gastronomy is one of the points of pride of the French and an important part of the life of the French. They have developed culinary art to perfection. And it is no different here in Mulhouse, or fact in the whole Alsace region. One of the most famous gastronomic products from here are wines and cheeses, but of course, many other dishes are traditional for this part of France, and there is a big influence from Germany and Switzerland here as well. There are many dishes based on sauerkraut, which by the way is traditionally part of German cuisine.

          There are also many restaurants with a great selection of snacks and small dishes that are perfectly prepared. One of the most famous dishes from here is of course the gingerbread. But we should also mention the tapas-like snacks that are offered in some of the local restaurants and are delicious.

          If you are looking for a party in Mulhouse, you will not have as much choice as in bigger cities like Paris, Lyon, or Marseille, but you can find some great clubs here in Mulhouse. Besides the clubs, there are also many concerts and operas in this city and you should attend one of them. The artists are really good and influenced by the atmosphere of this city, this will be a great experience.

        Best restaurants in Mulhouse:

        Petit Marcel La Rotisserie

        Chez Auguste

        Mealtin Potes

        Le Bistrot a Huitres

        Le Rustique

        FAQ

        What you need to know about renting a car

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        What do I need to rent a car in France?

        credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.

        How old do I need to be to rent a car in France?

        The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old but drivers with this age can rent only Mini and Economy Car Categories. Renters aged 25 and older may rent all Car Categories. With some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age.

        Do I need car insurance in France?

        Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in France with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.

        Do I need a credit card to rent a car in France?

        In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.

        Do I need an international driving license in France?

        Drivers license issued in France or within the European Union does not have to provide an international drivers license. For drivers with a license issued outside of the EU will need to have an international driving license as well as your standard driving license. You must have both licenses with you at all times while driving a car in France.

        How do I find the cheapest car hire in France?

        You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period. 

        What is the cheapest rental car in France?

        You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Renault Twingo and Citroen C3 often provide the best prices. 

        What is the best car rental company in France?

        You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise Rent a Car, Keddy by Europcar, Alamo Rent a Car, and GoldCar. 

        What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in France?

        You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Citroen C3, Renault Twingo, Peugeot 308, Toyota Yaris. 

        Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for France?

        Most car rentals in France offer unlimited mileage in their offers. 

        How to hire a car in France?

        You can hire a car in France with Orbit Car Hire in simple steps. First, you define where you would like to pick up and return the car, enter dates and times and you can search for your cheap France car hire. 

        How much is it to rent a car in France?

        It will depend on where in France you would like to rent a car and at what period. The summer months can be more expensive than during the winter. You can find prices down to 12 GBP per day. 

        Can you rent an automatic car in France?

        Yes, you can find a wide range of automatic rental cars in France. The best way to find your automatic car hire in France is to filter the "Automatic" transmission when searching for your vehicle. 

        Can I rent a car in France?

        Yes, you can rent a car in France in simple steps with Orbit Car Hire. You just need to be over 21 years of age and have held the driving license for a minimum of one year (This can depend on the car hire companies)

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        Find The Best Car Hire Companies In Mulhouse

        • Alamo Car Hire
        • Car Hire with Keddy by Europcar
        • Enterprise Rent a Car
        • Europcar
        • GoldCar Rental
        • National

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