2 Rhine Route
2 Rhine Route

Cycling in Switzerland

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Rhine Route

Stage 10, Basel–Kleinhüningen (Grenze)–Rotterdam

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Rhine Route

The Rhine forms a cultural and economic bridge between the Alpine region and northern Europe. From Basel the international Rhine cycle path continues through Alsace and western Germany to the Netherlands, where the Rhine flows into the North Sea.
With its remarkable location on the Rhine, Basel became an important trade centre early on. As early as 1471 the city received the imperial privilege of holding two trade fairs every year. Approximately 15 percent of Swiss exports are processed via two large train stations and the Rhine harbour in Kleinhüningen. A visit to Basel’s lovely old town with city hall (a symphony in red) and the Minster, also in reddish sandstone, should not be missed. The city is also known for its first-rate cultural events, world famous museums and – of course – the Fasnacht (or carnival).

If you start your bike tour at the train station, you will first cross the Rhine Bridge to Kleinbasel. It used to be dismissively called the “lesser Basel”, but now the area is very popular, not least because of the Mediterranean atmosphere on the banks of the Rhine: lively spots, bars and restaurants are found throughout the neighbourhoods all the way to Kleinhüningen. The ferries, large ships and containers that are opened up in late morning are a curious phenomenon. They contain chairs and tables, which are quickly arranged into a type of bistro. On warm, sunny days, you’ll detect some of the bistro guests amid an army of Rhine swimmers climbing out of the river, dripping wet, and in sight of all the ships, bridges, industry, strollers and bike riders.

What used to be called the Untere Rheinweg earlier is now the Altrheinweg. A panel with the title “Yesterday and Today” (Gestern und Heute) tells the history of the harbour town of Kleinhüningen. The town was established as a fishing village halfway through the 5th century. Whether the name goes back to Attila, the Hun or to Huningue, the French village on the opposite side, is anyone’s guess. The bike route EuroVelo Rheinradweg 15 begins in Andermatt and continues via Kleinhüningen to Rotterdam, where the Rhine flows into the North Sea. Excellent campgrounds are available everywhere along the way.
The Rhine forms a cultural and economic bridge between the Alpine region and northern Europe. From Basel the international Rhine cycle path continues through Alsace and western Germany to the Netherlands, where the Rhine flows into the North Sea.
With its remarkable location on the Rhine, Basel became an important trade centre early on. As early as 1471 the city received the imperial privilege of holding two trade fairs every year. Approximately 15 percent of Swiss exports are processed via two large train stations and the Rhine harbour in Kleinhüningen. A visit to Basel’s lovely old town with city hall (a symphony in red) and the Minster, also in reddish sandstone, should not be missed. The city is also known for its first-rate cultural events, world famous museums and – of course – the Fasnacht (or carnival).

If you start your bike tour at the train station, you will first cross the Rhine Bridge to Kleinbasel. It used to be dismissively called the “lesser Basel”, but now the area is very popular, not least because of the Mediterranean atmosphere on the banks of the Rhine: lively spots, bars and restaurants are found throughout the neighbourhoods all the way to Kleinhüningen. The ferries, large ships and containers that are opened up in late morning are a curious phenomenon. They contain chairs and tables, which are quickly arranged into a type of bistro. On warm, sunny days, you’ll detect some of the bistro guests amid an army of Rhine swimmers climbing out of the river, dripping wet, and in sight of all the ships, bridges, industry, strollers and bike riders.

What used to be called the Untere Rheinweg earlier is now the Altrheinweg. A panel with the title “Yesterday and Today” (Gestern und Heute) tells the history of the harbour town of Kleinhüningen. The town was established as a fishing village halfway through the 5th century. Whether the name goes back to Attila, the Hun or to Huningue, the French village on the opposite side, is anyone’s guess. The bike route EuroVelo Rheinradweg 15 begins in Andermatt and continues via Kleinhüningen to Rotterdam, where the Rhine flows into the North Sea. Excellent campgrounds are available everywhere along the way.
5 km
Asphalted: 5 km
Natural surface: 0 km
20 m | 40 m
easy

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Accommodation

Cydonia Bett & Brot
Cydonia Bett & Brot
Basel
DASBREITEHOTEL
DASBREITEHOTEL
Basel
Hotel Balade Basel
Hotel Balade Basel
Basel
Hotel Bildungszentrum 21 AG
Hotel Bildungszentrum 21 AG
Basel
Hotel Stücki
Hotel Stücki
Basel
Jugendherberge Basel
Jugendherberge Basel
Basel
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Places of interest

Basel Zoo
Basel Zoo
Basel's Old Town
Basel's Old Town
Basler Cathedral
Basler Cathedral
City Hall and Marktplatz
City Hall and Marktplatz
Exhibition Tower
Exhibition Tower
Kunstmuseum Basel
Kunstmuseum Basel
Mittlere Brücke and Schifflände
Mittlere Brücke and Schifflände
Pfalz
Pfalz
Basel's pump track
Basel's pump track
Rhine Port / Three Countries' Corner
Rhine Port / Three Countries' Corner
Spalentor
Spalentor
Tinguely Fountain
Tinguely Fountain
Tinguely Museum
Tinguely Museum
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Swimming

Natural bathing place Riehen
Natural bathing place Riehen
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