Stage 2 From Lake Constance to Basel, via the Rhine Falls
Eurovélo 15 leaves its mountainous section and comes into a flatter, more populous area, but just as attractive. The river has deepened its bed between the Black Forest and the Jura, sometimes wide and slow, other times narrow and rapid, thereby creating varied landscapes sculpted over the passage of time.
Between Lake Constance, a natural jewel flanked by the surrounding gently rolling countryside, and Basel, the cultural centre of the three-border region where Switzerland, France and Germany meet, Eurovélo 15 veers east to west, taking the south bank of the Rhine in Switzerland, and switching to the north bank in the German State of Baden-Württemberg. departing Lake Constance, the cycle route first crosses Schaffhouse and its famous Rhine falls, then carries on through towns and villages spanning the river in Germany and Switzerland. On the German side of the Rhine, we find the town of Waldshut-Tiengen, whose ten quarters marry an urban atmosphere with the charm of the countryside.
BOATS IN SERVICE NAVIGATING
ON THE RIVER RHINE
185 000 KM2
THE RHINE FALLS
The nearest community is Neuhausen am Rheinfall, where tourists can also view the Schloss Wörth castle. Boat trips can be taken up the Rhine to the falls and the Rheinfallfelsen. There are also viewing platforms with a spectacular view of the falls built on both sides of the Rhine. These are reached via steep and narrow stairs (access by fee on the Schloss Laufen side). Guided tours of various lengths start from Schloss Laufen on the Zürich side of the falls – a youth hostel is also located in Schloss Laufen. Various restaurants are located in Schloss Laufen, Schloss Wörth and the Rheinfall park.
It is located at the crossing of two major transport routes. The location along both sides of the Rhine river allowed it to dominate locate ship traffic. It was also the site of a bridge which made the north-south road between the Klettgau and the Zürichgau. This important location made it the home of the Zürich appointed Landvogt and led to it becoming a market town.
Stein am Rhein
Stein am Rhein is a municipality in the canton of Schaffhausen in Switzerland. The town has a well-preserved medieval centre, retaining the ancient street plan. The site of the city wall, and the city gates are preserved, though the former city wall now consists of houses. The medieval part of the town has been pedestrianised and many of the medieval buildings are painted with beautiful frescoes.
Twin towns in the south of the State of Baden-Württemberg, at the foot of the Black Forest, these lies close to the Swiss border. Don’t miss Tiengen’s castle and its famous “Storchenturm” (Stork Tower), which has become the symbol of the city. Take a stroll down the historic alleyways of Waldshut town centre.
The court house (German: Gerichtsgebäude) at Gerichtsgasse 86, Catholic parish church, the power plant of Laufenburg with surrounding village and the ruins of Laufenburg Castle together with the castle hill and ruins of the Roman Rhine fortification are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance. The old town of Laufenburg is designated as part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites.
There are seven sites in Rheinfelden that are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance. Two religious buildings are on the list, the Christian Catholic collegiate church of St. Martin and the Johanniter Chapel at Johannitergasse 70. Three fortifications are on the list; the Heimenholz and the Pferrichgraben which were both part of the old Roman eraRhine fortications and the entire medieval city wall.
In Basel, the River Rhine joins Germany, France and Switzerland together, thus creating a cultural centre of the “three countries corner”. The people of Basel feel very attached to the River Rhine: the district’s anthem is called “Z Basel am mym Rhy” (“Basel on the Rhine”). Last port of the River Rhine that can be accessed by barges.
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