The National Car Museum or Car City (Cité de l’Automobile) in Mulhouse features more than 500 vehicles, all in working order. The cars are from a collection assembled by Fritz Schlumpf, a Swiss industrialist who spent most of his life in Alsace. He devoted an extraordinary amount of money and energy collecting and repairing antique cars. Some of the most famous models in the world are on display in Car City, including two Bugatti Royales. Other luxury automobiles include Maseratis, Ferraris, and Rolls-Royces.
Exhibits are arranged in the huge display area by themes: racing, adventure, masterpieces. Interactive activities and films add to the enjoyment, and both kids and adults like the simulated races. Allow enough time to stroll slowly through the main showroom and take a quick look at a special collection of figurines that once decorated radiator caps. Children will be especially interested in the collection of toy cars. There are just over 100 miniatures that show a century of motorcar history. Don’t miss the rare little Citroëns and Eurekas.
Outdoors there is a new Autodrome with a three-ring track and seating for spectators. This open-air theater makes Cité de l’Automobile the first museum to take exhibits from static to active. A variety of car-related events, shows, and parades take place on the tracks. On summer weekends 18 fascinating vehicles drive around the exhibition track telling the history of automobiles from 1870 to present day. You might see anything from a Model T Ford T to a Bugatti type 40 to an antique bicycle.