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Operation salmon and beaver without frontiers

Cycling · Basel und Umgebung
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  • Two young beavers
    / Two young beavers
    Photo: Biberfachstelle Baselland
  • / hints of the presence of the beaver on the Island on the Rhine
    Photo: Petite Camargue Alsacienne
  • / EDF: Fish pass
    Photo: TRUZ
  • / A Grey Heron in the Wiese
    Photo: Stefan Leimer
m 350 300 250 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 km Welcome on the Island on the Rhine Passes for salmons and beavers When waters and fishes circulate The Birse, … beavers! a detour to the beaver pass Spotted along … beavers Time for … rest Where to … trichopters In the … farming

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".

moderate
Distance 40.6 km
3:00 h
85 m
89 m

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!

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Otto Imgrund
Update: January 12, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
272 m
Lowest point
235 m
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Safety information

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
Mattrain 1
D-79576 Weil am Rhein

Phone: +49 7621/1614971
eMail: nature@truz.org
Website: www.truz-naturschutz.org

There are two local associations of the Black Forest Association that are members of the TRUZ and we carry out nature conservation campaigns together.

Start

You can start at any point of the tour in both directions (254 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'610'850E 1'268'562N
DD
47.567680, 7.582800
DMS
47°34'03.6"N 7°34'58.1"E
UTM
32T 393403 5269224
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Destination

You are free to choose the order of the stations.

Turn-by-turn directions

You can start at any point of the tour and go in either direction. The tour takes you along the Rhine through the city of Basel. It passes the mouth of the river Birs and crosses the dam of the hydraulic plant of Birsfelden. Continue through the landscape park Wiese and across the border into Weil am Rhein in Germany. After leaving Weil the tour goes alongside the border of the nature reserve Krebsbachtal and through the towns Haltingen and Eimeldingen. After following the small river Kander for a little bit, you’ll once again arrive at the Rhine and the dam of Märkt. Cross the dam to reach the Rhine Island. Here simply follow the cycling tracks until you get to the hydraulic plant of Kembs which allows you to go across the Grand Canal d'Alsace and into France. While continuing alongside the Canal de Huningue, you’ll pass the old Lock House which marks the entrance to the nature reserve Petit Carmague Alsacienne. At the end of the canal the tour reaches the Rhine for its third and last time in Huningue. From here just follow the river for a short while to get back to Basel.

There are plenty of places to take a rest and get something to eat and drink alongside the route. For example at the dam of Märkt and in the cities of Basel, Weil, Huningue and Saint Louis. Besides that you’ll find several spots with benches for breaks during the tour.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

  • The train stations on the German side “Weil am Rhein“ and „Haltingen“ are recommended. 
    From “Weil am Rhein” cross the bridge and turn right into “Lustgartenstraße” to reach the route.
    The station “Haltingen” is directly located on the route
  • The Swiss stations “Basel SBB” and “Basel Badischer Bahnhof” aren’t far from the track either. They also provide access to long-distance trains.
    From “Basel SBB” head north across the station square and through “De-Wette Park” into “Elisabethenstraße”. At the junction take a right into “St Alban-Graben” and continue until you reach the bridge “Wettsteinbrücke” at the Rhine and can start your tour from there.
    On the eastside of the tracks at “Basel Badischer Bahnhof” head towards the junction “Egliseestraße”/”Im Surinam” which is part of the route and start your tour from there.

Getting there

The tour can easily be reached by car and by train. Possible starting points include:

Parking

– 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”.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'610'850E 1'268'562N
DD
47.567680, 7.582800
DMS
47°34'03.6"N 7°34'58.1"E
UTM
32T 393403 5269224
w3w 
///beaker.motivations.spooked
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Distance
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Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
85 m
Descent
89 m
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