Nature reserve Autal

Riehen, Switzerland

The nature and pond reserve Autal is located east of the settlement core of Riehen. Extensive and small-scale farming has been preserved until today and the area is characterized by allotments and orchards. In the middle flows the Aubach, whose sources are located in the neighboring village of Inzlingen (D). At the bottom of the valley there are other springs, which supply water to the public fountains in the historic center of the rural community. The nature and pond reserve Autal belongs to the amphibian spawning areas of national importance. Various species of water frogs and dragonflies can be found here, as well as mallards, gray herons and grass snakes. Strikingly beautiful flowers such as swan flowers, yellow irises, water lilies and yellow pond lilies can also be spotted. Riparian trails and a boardwalk provide glimpses of various areas of endangered habitats.


A picnic is possible on one of the numerous benches in the Autal, but without barbecue/ fireplace. Several restaurants can be found in Riehen.

Other greenbelt places nearby

St. Chrischona Rustelgraben
Ottilien Church

Further information

Here you will find further information from our partner on the topic 'Water sources' and the municipality of Riehen.


  • By the water, Excursion with animals, Excursion with children, Walk

  • Bicycle, Car, Public transport

  • Food must be brought along, Picnic area

  • Amphibians, Birds, Cultural landscape / meadows, Fishes, Insects, Reptiles, Specific fauna, Waters, Wetland

  • Buggies, Families, Groups (< 10 persons), Groups (> 10 persons), Pets, School classes, Walkers, Wheelchair


The journey is possible by car as well as by public transport or bicycle. A bicycle path leads from Basel or Lörrach along the railroad line to Riehen station. For those arriving by car, there are various parking options in the settlement area.

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