2 Rhine Route
2 Rhine Route

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Rhine Route

Stage 8, Bad Zurzach–Rheinfelden

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Rhine Route

The stage begins in the wellness oasis of Bad Zurzach and leads to Koblenz, close to the Klingnau Reservoir. Picturesque Laufenburg, the “jewel of the Upper Rhine”, is soon followed by today’s destination: the town of Rheinfelden.
If you happen to be in Bad Zurzach with your kids, there is no way to avoid Papa Moll. The protagonist of a comic strip - a family man with just five hairs - is sure to delight all the children in the local “Papa Moll-Land”.

A number of wooden towers are located at Rietheimer Moos. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Swiss soda works were mining salt here, but the production was shut down in the 1960s. Nowadays it’s all about energy: eleven power plants are taming the Upper Rhine between Schaffhausen and Basel. And yet, the river quietly and powerfully flows along the riverside paths, asparagus fields, half-timbered homes, and Roman ruins. In Koblenz the Rhine meets up with the Aare River. Until the two gigantic waterways merge, the latter carries even more water than the former.

The customs station in Koblenz is another hustling and bustling place. After briefly checking out the Giriz nature conservation area we enjoy a beautiful section of the route heading in the direction of Leibstadt. In Full you will hear the roosters crowing across the farms and watch the steam from the nuclear power plant dimming the sky. The time of rail services in Leibstadt is gone. The town had its own train station for over 100 years. A sign on the side of the road says: “It was a wistful day for the people of Leibstadt when their train station was shut down in 1995”. It is a quiet and pleasant ride through the beautiful wetlands near Schwaderloch and soon Laufenburg is in sight. Surrounded by wooded river banks, located at a river bend, it is certainly one of the loveliest towns on the Upper Rhine. The Laufen Bridge alone, first officially mentioned in 1207, is worth the trip. Between Kaisten and Stein you travel past the Holcim cement factory where the gravel is sparkling in the bright sun.

Near Wallbach you will see a lot of small rubber rafts on the Rhine. The care of the river banks is important here and the Swiss are connected with the people of Wallbach, Germany by means of a ferry. Just before Möhlin you come to the “Chräbis” fisherman’s guildhall. It is also a restaurant on certain days, offering delicious fish, filets and whole pike. Hazelnut and blackberry bushes will delight the bikers as they ride through refreshing forested areas between Wallbach and Möhlin, but not much is left of the Roman watchtower in Möhlin-Untere Wehren, except its southern wall. And finally there is Rheinfelden, the oldest town in Switzerland founded by the Zähringers, with a large municipal park, a charming medieval town centre – and of course, the Feldschlösschen castle whose beer is now considered a Danish Carlsberg brew, as Feldschlösschen was sold in 2000.
The stage begins in the wellness oasis of Bad Zurzach and leads to Koblenz, close to the Klingnau Reservoir. Picturesque Laufenburg, the “jewel of the Upper Rhine”, is soon followed by today’s destination: the town of Rheinfelden.
If you happen to be in Bad Zurzach with your kids, there is no way to avoid Papa Moll. The protagonist of a comic strip - a family man with just five hairs - is sure to delight all the children in the local “Papa Moll-Land”.

A number of wooden towers are located at Rietheimer Moos. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Swiss soda works were mining salt here, but the production was shut down in the 1960s. Nowadays it’s all about energy: eleven power plants are taming the Upper Rhine between Schaffhausen and Basel. And yet, the river quietly and powerfully flows along the riverside paths, asparagus fields, half-timbered homes, and Roman ruins. In Koblenz the Rhine meets up with the Aare River. Until the two gigantic waterways merge, the latter carries even more water than the former.

The customs station in Koblenz is another hustling and bustling place. After briefly checking out the Giriz nature conservation area we enjoy a beautiful section of the route heading in the direction of Leibstadt. In Full you will hear the roosters crowing across the farms and watch the steam from the nuclear power plant dimming the sky. The time of rail services in Leibstadt is gone. The town had its own train station for over 100 years. A sign on the side of the road says: “It was a wistful day for the people of Leibstadt when their train station was shut down in 1995”. It is a quiet and pleasant ride through the beautiful wetlands near Schwaderloch and soon Laufenburg is in sight. Surrounded by wooded river banks, located at a river bend, it is certainly one of the loveliest towns on the Upper Rhine. The Laufen Bridge alone, first officially mentioned in 1207, is worth the trip. Between Kaisten and Stein you travel past the Holcim cement factory where the gravel is sparkling in the bright sun.

Near Wallbach you will see a lot of small rubber rafts on the Rhine. The care of the river banks is important here and the Swiss are connected with the people of Wallbach, Germany by means of a ferry. Just before Möhlin you come to the “Chräbis” fisherman’s guildhall. It is also a restaurant on certain days, offering delicious fish, filets and whole pike. Hazelnut and blackberry bushes will delight the bikers as they ride through refreshing forested areas between Wallbach and Möhlin, but not much is left of the Roman watchtower in Möhlin-Untere Wehren, except its southern wall. And finally there is Rheinfelden, the oldest town in Switzerland founded by the Zähringers, with a large municipal park, a charming medieval town centre – and of course, the Feldschlösschen castle whose beer is now considered a Danish Carlsberg brew, as Feldschlösschen was sold in 2000.
54 km
Asphalted: 40 km
Natural surface: 14 km
300 m | 380 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Bad Zurzach
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Cycling tours near the water
The section between Laufenburg and Rheinfelden (29 km) is particularly attractive.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Rheinfelden
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Services

Accommodation

Gasthof zur Waag
Gasthof zur Waag
Bad Zurzach
Hotel zur Post
Hotel zur Post
Bad Zurzach
Fäsackerhof
Fäsackerhof
Rietheim
Farmers Place
Farmers Place
Kleindöttingen
Ponyhof Reitferien auf dem Bauernhof
Ponyhof Reitferien auf dem Bauernhof
Reuenthal
Hotel Bahnhof-Garni
Hotel Bahnhof-Garni
Laufenburg
Bed und Beggeli Marianne
Bed und Beggeli Marianne
Kaisten
Hotel Restaurant Adler
Hotel Restaurant Adler
Frick
Hotel Restaurant Platanenhof
Hotel Restaurant Platanenhof
Frick
Sportcenter Bustelbach
Sportcenter Bustelbach
Stein AG
BnB am Rhein
BnB am Rhein
Wallbach
Hotel Eden im Park
Hotel Eden im Park
Rheinfelden
Hostel Tabakhüsli
Hostel Tabakhüsli
Rheinfelden
Park-Hotel am Rhein
Park-Hotel am Rhein
Rheinfelden
Hotel Garni Oberrhein
Hotel Garni Oberrhein
Rheinfelden - Baden (D)
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Bookable offers

2 Rhine Route Andermatt - Rorschach
2 Rhine Route Andermatt - Rorschach
2 Rhine Route Highlights
2 Rhine Route Highlights
2 Rhein-Route: Wellness am Hochrhein
2 Rhein-Route: Wellness am Hochrhein
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Places

Bad Zurzach
Bad Zurzach
Koblenz
Koblenz
Laufenburg
Laufenburg
Frick
Frick
Stein AG
Stein AG
Rheinfelden
Rheinfelden
Bad Säckingen (D)
Bad Säckingen (D)
Waldshut (D)
Waldshut (D)
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Places of interest

Weinbaumuseum Aargau
Weinbaumuseum Aargau
Verena Minster
Verena Minster
Bikepark Leibstadt
Bikepark Leibstadt
Cheisacherturm
Cheisacherturm
Rhine bridge – Säckingen's lifeline
Rhine bridge – Säckingen's lifeline
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Swimming

Zurzach thermal baths
Zurzach thermal baths
Full swimming pool
Full swimming pool
«sole uno» world of wellness Rheinfelden
«sole uno» world of wellness Rheinfelden
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Signalization

Signalization
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