STRASBOURG, HAUT-RHIN AND THE ALSACE REGION
From Sofia I flew to Basel-Mulhouse airport with Wizzair. It was September 2020. This would be the beginning of the Roadtrip in Switzerland, which I did with my brother and father. An incredible trip. But in advance, I would stay in Mulhouse for a few days. My brother and dad would then come by car and pick me up. We'd continue to Switzerland. Why Mulhouse? I had never been there. The airport is actually located in France. Taking a bus from the aiport to the station of St. Louis and then a train gets you straight to Mulhouse or Strasbourg. Or the train to Switzerland. Alternatively, taking a bus to Switzerland directly from the airport is possible as well.
In Mulhouse I stayed in the Best Western Hotel de la Bourse. It was okayish. A good bed, relatively clean but small room, and a very basic breakfast. I dislike breakfast in France in general. Basically it's just bread, some cold cuts, butter, nutella, honey, jams, juices, tea and very bad coffee. You pay quite a lot for the breakfast though, and it's never something you couldn't just get straight from a supermarket. I'm always a fan of bacon and scrambled eggs at breakfast, so for an international hotel chain it's quite disappointing. Nonetheless very affordable, three nights for about a 120EUR. So I don't complain, just don't go to this place with high expectations. The same goes for the whole of Mulhouse, nothing much to do or see. So head straight to the surrounding areas instead, because that's where the fun is.
In particular, Strasbourg is worth your time. I'd say a couple of days, to hang out and just relax. It is a laid back city with a business vibe as well. It is formal and informal at the same time. A city with class and a hint of 'joie de vivre'. Not as much as in let's say Toulouse, in the deep south, but certainly more than a city like Paris.
The city is on the left bank of the river Rhine. The center of Strasbourg is at about a kilometer from the Rhine, which forms the natural border with Germany. It has held this strategic position since about 1300 BC. It was named Argentorate, a Celtic town and a center for trade. It became a Roman city, was an army base. The Roman empire fell and then the Alsace region was occupied by the Germanic tribe called Alemanni. Then this tribe became part of the Frankish empire.
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