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Laufenburg - Sisseln - (Bad Säckingen) - Stein-Säckingen

Published/updated on 17.02.2016 by GabrielleMerk | 24323 points
 | Date of Tour: 06.02.2016 | Favourite Entries (2) 

The ViaRhenana trail is one of Switzerland’s regional trails, a total of 190 km from Kreuzlingen to Basel along the Rhine River where it demarcates the German-Swiss border. The trail can be walked in a number of stages, and this one... read more >>

The ViaRhenana trail is one of Switzerland’s regional trails, a total of 190 km from Kreuzlingen to Basel along the Rhine River where it demarcates the German-Swiss border. The trail can be walked in a number of stages, and this one (officially Stage 8) from Laufenburg to Bad Säckingen is an idyllic 12 km walk along the river bank, passing by two hydro-electric power plants along the way, between two attractive medieval towns which have both a German side and a Swiss side, connected by bridges. The Rhine River offers a diverse river landscape, home to many birds and even beavers, whose handiwork yiou will come across at several locations along the way. Provided there is no snow in the lowlands (and no high water on the Rhine), this walk can be done at any time of year.

Of particular interest is the “Alte Rheinbrücke” Bridge at Bad Säckingen, the longest covered wooden bridge in Europe. The bridge was first mentioned in the “Annals of Colmar” in 1272, and has since been damaged or destroyed several times by high water and fire. In the 1960’s, with the construction of the new power plant, the Rhine bottom was lowered by 3 meters and the bridge supports reinforced. High waters in 1999 rose to a point just 20 cm below the bottom of the bridge.

A visit to the historic centers of both sides of Laufenburg (especially to enjoy the view from the elevated church on the German side) and the German Bad Säckingen (with its dominating cathedral, the Fridolinsmünster) are a definite must. Enjoy the best homemade Gelato in Bad Säckingen at a super reasonable price!

Additional note: To get from the wooden bridge to the SBB station in Stein AG requires an additional 20 minutes of walking.

Published/updated on 17.02.2016 by GabrielleMerk (24323 points) | Date of Tour: 06.02.2016

Route Infos

Region
North-West Switzerland
Time Required
3 hours
Distance
12 km
Ascent
109 m
Descent
114 m
Max. Altitude
318 m
Min. Altitude
284 m
Season Start / Season End
January - December
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Panorama
Experience
Points of Interest
Old Town Laufenburg (both Swiss and German sides), Power Plants, Wooden Covered Bridge at Stein AG
Starting Point
Train Station Laufenburg (Swiss Side)
Starting Point with Public Transport
Destination
Train Station Stein-Säckingen
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Laufenburg, Bad Säckingen
Things to Note
The river's edge trail cannot be accessed at high water. There is a parallel path through the forest a few meters up as an alternative so this route can be walked year 'round (if no snow).

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