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Cultural heritage

Old historical town centres with twisting streets, fortified castles overlooking the river, places steeped in history, port towns, economic centres, the Rhine cycle route has some wonderful surprises in store.

  • Karlsruhe castle.

    Founded on 17th June 1715 by the Margrave Charles-William of Baden-Durlach, in a forest where he rested after a hunting session, the Baroque castle of Karlsruhe was the very first building in the town. Karlsruhe, whose literal meaning is “Charles' rest-place”, has an urban architecture built in a star shape around the castle, from which 32 streets are spread out like a fan. In addition to the Landesmuseum, a universal museum set up in the castle, covering history, art and civilisation in one large cultural historical exhibition, Karlsruhe is also known for one of its inhabitants, Karl Drais, inventor in 1817 of the Velocipede, also known as the Draisine, the bicycle's forerunner.

  • Chur

    Administrative, religious and historical capital of the Grisons district, Chur is considered as Switzerland's oldest town. Built from the 5th century under the name of “Curia Rhaetorum”, this medieval town, of which a large part of the town-centre has been pedestrianised, is an essential stopping-place for visitors travelling along the Rhine. The narrow streets, flowery fountains, lively little squares and the multitude of restaurants and shops encourage visitors to take a stroll. The town is also the departure point for the Rhaetian railway and its lines certified as World Heritage by UNESCO and its famous lines of the Bernina and Glacier Express.

  • Basel

    Basel is where the River Rhine joins Germany, France and Switzerland thus creating the cultural centre of the “three countries corner”. The people of Basel feel very attached to the River Rhine: the district's anthem is titled “Z Basel am mym Rhy” (“Basel on the Rhine”). It is the last port on the River Rhine that can be accessed by barges.

  • Weil am Rhein: Three- Countries Bridge

    Weil am Rhein is located where Germany, France and Switzerland join. 238 metres long, the Three- Countries Bridge is the world's longest bridge solely for pedestrians and cyclists. It joins the towns of Huningue in France and Weil am Rhein in Germany. Switzerland is just a few hundred metres away on the Germans side.

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