During the bike tour of around 40 km in the middle of the border triangle Germany, France and Switzerland, the Rhine and its surroundings will be presented to you at 11 stations as a living natural space.
As part of the project Nature experiments – without borders, we invite you to experience the nature of the border triangle!
Get on your bike and learn a lot of interesting factsabout the way of life of salmon, beavers & Co. The route is also signposted as the "Kleiner Dreiland-Radweg".
Get to know the Rhine in all its facets! Experience his tributaries Wiese and Kander, the charming cities of Basel, Huningue and Weil as well as several natural reserves like the Rhine Island on your round trip across the “Dreiländereck”. On your way you’ll meet a plethora of fascinating species in diverse habitats. Come along and discover true gems of nature in places you never expected!
A total of eleven stops are set up alongside the route to teach you everything there is to know about the big river and two of his native inhabitants the beaver and the salmon. The extensive floodplains of the Rhine in its original state used to be an ideal home for the busy dam building beaver and the swift swimming salmon. This changed dramatically throughout the 19th Century due to the regulation of the stream and intensive hunting done by humans. For the longest time both beaver and salmon were considered to be extinct in the Upper Rhine region. However recent efforts like the installation of fish passes as well as widespread restauration and reintroduction programs pathed the way for a comeback of our little furry and scaly friends. Witness at first hand the attempts to enable the return of the once vanished beaver and salmon to the Rhine and learn how coexistence of humans and animals can be made possible. An exciting and memorable tour for all lovers of cycling, nature and animals!
The route goes partly on motorways, which is why particular caution is advised here.
Tips and hints
The “beaver and salmon company without borders! “Is a tri-national bike tour supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Swiss Regional Development Fund (NRP) within the framework of the INTERREG Upper Rhine program.
The project is at home here: www.natur-erlebnis.org
Responsible: Trinational environmental center TRUZ / CTE e.V.Cross-border nature conservation department
D-79576 Weil am Rhein
There are two local associations of the Black Forest Association that are members of the TRUZ and we carry out nature conservation campaigns together.
Getting thereThe tour can easily be reached by car and by train. Possible starting points include:
– The parking lot at the dam of “Märkt”:
leave the freeway A5 at the exit “Weil/Hüningen” and follow “Alte Straße” to the parking lot and start your tour from there.
– The parking lot at the lock hosue “Maison éclusière” at “Rue de Canal” on the french side of the border right next to the stop “Petit Camargue Alsacienne”.
Basic Equipment for Bike Riding
- Cycling helmet
- Cycling gloves
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
Technical Equipment for Bike Riding
- Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
- Puncture repair kit
- Replacement inner tube
- Tire levers
- Chain tool
- Hex keys
- Phone / device holder as required
- Bike lock as required
- Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.