Most German cities are happy to say that they are located near the Swiss Alps, or situated on the Rhine, or enclosed by the Black Forest. But the town of Rheinfelden makes many of these other towns jealous. It can claim to touch all three of these German natural wonders within its twenty-four square mile area.
Its close location to Basel, Switzerland’s third largest city, makes this a great spot for a “home base” to travel around the French-Swiss-German border towns. But before you go off to explore, let’s take a look at all that picturesque Rheinfelden has to offer you.
This town is a young one that manages to have quite a rich history. It was founded in 1922 but there have been inhabitants here since the time of the ancient Romans. There are remnants of an old Roman manor as well as a fortress that can be found here.
A medieval gem that remains to this day is the Castle Beuggen. It was inhabited by Teutonic Knights in the 1100s during the Crusades. Their job was to protect pilgrims who were fleeing the Holy Land. This castle has been named one of the two “mythical legends” of Rheinfelden.
The other “mythical legend” is a pre-Christian site in Eichsler that now is the tomb for three virgins named Wibrandis, Kunigundis and Mechtundis. These women were martyred when they died in a Hunnish attack, carrying holy relics for the church. Visitors claim that miracles happen in this mysterious place, Every July there is a festival held to honor them.
Another custom that isn’t quite as old is Rheinfelden market. It has been held since 1951, usually twice a week. Hungry travelers can peruse the offerings of meat, fish, sausages, bread, honey, fruit, vegetables, cheese and olives. There are even some Italian imported delicacies for sale.
With such a variety of food, myths and beautiful views, I’m sure you’ll have a hard time saying goodbye to Rheinfelden.