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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.

  • Eglisau

    On the North bank of the River Rhine, near the German border, Eglisau is nestled in steep vineyards that go right down to the river. The town is known for its medieval centre and its gothic houses, most of which date back to the 17th century, and its famous wine cellars. A local museum, set up in the Baroque “Weierbachhus” building, dating back to 1670, displays information on the history of shipping, salmon fishing, salt trade and local industry. Orangina, now known throughout the world, was launched in 1935 from the former Eglisau mineral springs.

  • 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.

  • Dyck Castle, Neuss

    Dyck Castle in Jüchen is one of the most important castles in the Rhineland from an historical and cultural point of view. Surrounded by an historic countryside park with an invaluable collection of wooded plants, the imposing castle ringed by water has stood proud for over 900 years. It was the seat of the former count and then Prince of Salm-Reifferscheidt-Dyck, and the residence of a small independent territory for several centuries. The continuity of the succession of owners and the faithful conservation work of the entire building emphasise the exceptional status held by Dyck.

  • River navigation museum in Offendorf

    An exhibition held on a Freycinet-type of barge rescued from scrapping, restored and renamed “CABRO”, retraces the evolution of river navigation in Alsace and in particular in Offendorf, the largest village of boatmen in the East of France in the 20th century.

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