For this article, I have invited Tiphanya from the blog Avenue Reine Mathilde. Tiphanya is specialized in family travel, has been living in Mulhouse for a while and is always on the lookout for good kid-friendly addresses. I’ll let her present her favorite addresses…

Because of its industrial past, Mulhouse is often forgotten by tourists. No pretty enough, too grey, not enough this, too much this… It’s a shame, because it’s a pleasant city, with a good tram network and a few museums for the whole family. Here is my top 5 addresses to try with your family, tested and approved by Nine, 4 years old.

The botanical and zoological garden of Mulhouse

le zoo - la ferme

This is our favorite outing in Mulhouse and at all seasons: the zoo of Mulhouse. It’s a beautiful park where every one can see all the animals. There is no need to pick up the little ones so they can see something. Don’t miss the polar bears meal (and the huge glass pool), the hatching house (to see nestlings of all sizes and colors) and the suricates (just because we like them).

You’ll find quizzes in front of some pens: they are always the same four questions, to be able to compare throughout your visit zebras to snakes, turtles, etc.

I liked

  • Discounted price in winter
  • Great playground
  • Games to be printed from Internet before coming
  • Picnic areas throughout the zoo

I liked a little less

  • The food services are not open every day
  • No entrance for pedestrians at the bottom of the zoo

Practical information

For kids

There are baby-changing tables in all toilets, big playgrounds divided in two depending on the age, some stairs, but there are always another way for strollers.

Games to be printed (for children who know how to read) are available on their website.

Opening times and prices

You will find here the opening times and prices of the du Zoo de Mulhouse.

Activities

Many activities are organized throughout the year: photo exhibition, plant fair, climate change awareness, etc.

Getting here

By car

The address is as follows: 111 avenue de la 1ère Division Blindée – 68100 Mulhouse
Parking is free.

By public transport

Bus stop « zoo » (ligne 30) about 150 m from the entrance.
Bicycle parking at the entrance. Beware, the zoo is located high up and it’s a 40 minutes bike ride one way from the two center. It is only 10 minutes to come back.

Café Mozart

le mozart the chocolat

In summer, le café Mozart settles outside, on the forecourt of the temple. However, it is in winter that we discovered it and it really is a kid-friendly place: when we arrived, there were at least 3 strollers scattered here and there. The atmosphere is quiet, there are delicious pastries and waiters don’t raise their eyebrows when they see children coming in.

On the menu, you’ll find Damman teas, flavored hot chocolates (although a bit light) (Nine tried the Venezuela) and pastries from the pâtisserie Jacques next door. Someone recommended me to try the chocolate tart, but it wasn’t available, so we went for the Crottin and the Prince.

Nine’s conclusion : « It’s so good that I wanna go back there ».

I liked

  • Not to be scowled at when I came in
  • The finesse of the pastries
  • The view of the temple
  • Service efficiency

I liked a little less

  • The hot chocolate is not creamy enough
  • Not knowing where is the entrance

Practical information

For kids

There are high chairs, one baby-changing table is available in the toilets of the mall (about 10 m from the coffee shop entrance). There is space to keep the stroller next to you.

Opening times and prices

Everyday from 8.45 am to 6.30 pm.

My check:

  • 7,90€ for a tea and a slice of cake.
  • 7,70€ for a hot chocolate and a slice of cake that a 4 year-old child can gobble entirely.

Getting here

The entrance is on the first floor of a small commercial center, from the door that seems to open on the right to the shop Hansi.

By car

The address is as follows: 25 place de la Réunion 68200 Mulhouse
Located at the heart of the pedestrian zone of Mulhouse, parking your car might be tricky.

By public transport

Big bicycle parking just in front.

Alsace ecomuseum

ecomusee-cochons

The Alsace ecomuseum was chosen by Nine as her favorite address in Mulhouse. I tried to explain to her that the Ecomuseum is not in Mulhouse, but next to it. However, as it’s possible to go in 15 minutes by train + 15 minutes by bike, for her, the Ecomuseum is in Mulhouse.

In this Alsatian village, you can prepare cakes (during Advent), see pigs, take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage: all children will love it. According to Nine…

I could also add that the pastries are delicious, that it is quite cool in the houses in summer, that the boat ride is quite exotic and that I learn something new each time I visit. We went three times already this year and Nine has also sculpted a beetroot to make a candlestick, has made a candle with wax and a snake in clay.

I liked

  • Regular activities everyday
  • Seasonal activities
  • Friendly employees and volunteers
  • The bakery

I liked a little less

  • Toilets always seem to be far
  • The price for the whole family

Practical information

For kids

Strollers can go around everywhere in the village, but it will be difficult to visit most of the houses. It’s also possible to warm up a bottle of baby food. There are picnic tables scattered in the park. Children can run freely if you just monitor the tractor and the carriage.

Opening times and prices

You’ll find here the opening times and prices of the Ecomuseum.

Activities

Many activities are organized every day. You can have a look at the schedule on website of the Ecomuseum.

Getting here

By car

The address is as follows: Chemin du Grosswald, 68190 Ungersheim
It’s about 20 minutes from Mulhouse. Parking is free.

By public transport

For more information, you can have a look at the website of the Ecomuseum. You can also directly look up your itinerary on Vialsace.

From Bollwiller train station, it will be about 15 minutes. Follow the direction « parc du petit prince », because the Ecomuseum is not very well marked. There are no bike lanes along this road.

 

Cité du Train

la cite du train

All children love trains and many parents and grand-parents associate trains with fond travel memories. The Cité du train (Train city) is made up of two huge rooms that show the historical and technical sides of these engines.

Children will enjoy the first room, because they can learn by playing, but the second one will only interest them for the ride in a small train. I’d recommend finishing with a coloring session in the children’s play room: one adult can sit down and rest while the others can keep on going with the visit and still their curiosity.

Plan at least 2 hours for the visit.

I liked

  • A very playful first room
  • Sitting in an old Paris metro
  • Looking at many videos
  • The children’s play room

I liked a little less

  • A more austere second room
  • The price

Practical information

For kids

A place to change babies in the toilets. Strollers can get in anywhere.

Opening times and prices

You’ll find here the opening times and prices of the Cité du Train.

Getting here

By car

The address is as follows: 2, rue Alfred de Glehn, 68200 Mulhouse
Parking just in front of the museum.

By public transport

Tram stop « musées » (line 3) and a 10 minutes walk.
Plan 30 minutes by bicycle from Mulhouse train station. Bicycle parking just in front of the museum.

Mulhouse’s skating rink

la patinoire

Mulhouse has a beautiful Olympic ice skating rink, that I recommand for a Sunday morning outing. At this time, the skating rink is organized in two different sections, including one only for children. They’ll be able to use chairs and others tools to help them and they’ll be able to skate as they want/can.

I liked

  • Having space to skate
  • Being able to come with your own skates
  • Children’s accessories

I liked a little less

  • Nothing

Practical information

For kids

Don’t come on others days than Sunday mornings for beginners. There will be no space for them.

Opening times

You’ll find here the opening times and prices of Mulhouse’s skating rink.

Getting here

By car

The address is as follows: 47 Boulevard Charles Stoessel, 68100 Mulhouse
Parking in front of the skating rink.

By public transport

Tram stop « Palais des Sports » (tram 2) about 100 meters from the entrance. Bicycle parking at the entrance. Plan about 15 minutes from the town center.