The Rheinfelder Gwild is a biotope and a natural shell limestone formation near the new hydropower plant. It was created as part of the new construction of the hydroelectric power plant as a compensatory measure after a large part of the valuable habitat characterised by the fluctuating water level was removed. In the former headrace channel of the old power plant, a generous fish ladder and spawning area was created with rapids, gravel islands and deep water zones, as well as dead wood and willows. With a length of around 900 m and a width of 60 m, the bypass watercourse fulfils the function of a tributary and partially replaces the natural rocky landscape in the river. Goosanders, little ringed plovers and cormorants can be observed from the viewing platforms on the German side. Information boards along the Rhine bank circular path provide information on geology, fish in the Rhine, the beaver and much more.
Because of the steep (natural and gravel) paths leading down to the power station, this place is neither wheelchair accessible nor recommended for prams.
For a relaxed walk of about 7 km, we recommend the Rhine bank circular path. This takes you through the old town in Rheinfelden (Switzerland) upstream to the power station. You reach the German side via a pedestrian passage of the power station. On the German side, a path then leads back to the starting point. Alternatively, the tour can also be started from Rheinfelden railway station (Germany). From there, you can simply follow the signs for the Rhine bank circular trail (Rheinuferrundweg). The circular trail leads directly along the Rhine for the most part and benches are available at regular intervals for resting. Steep trails quickly lead to the gravel beaches along the riverbank.
There is a barbecue area on the German side of the Rhine circular path. Additionally, various restaurants in both Rheinfelden offer a wide range of shopping and catering options.
Other greenbelt sites in the vicinity
Barbecue / fireplace, Bathing opportunity, Bike tour, By the water, Excursion with animals, Excursion with children, Sport, Walk
Bicycle, Car, Public transport
Barbecue / fireplace, Picnic area, Shopping facilities nearby
Amphibians, Birds, Fishes, Forest, Insects, Reptiles, Specific fauna, Waters
Families, Groups (< 10 persons), Groups (> 10 persons), Pets, School classes, Sportspeople, Walkers
The railway stations on the German and Swiss sides are easily accessible by public transport. For those arriving by car, there are parking facilities close to the centre on both the German and Swiss sides.
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