Local History

Schloss Worth und Laufen am Rheinfall. Photo/Foto: TES.

The High Rhine Region

The High Rhine region stretches from Lake Constance to the Upper Rhine and is bordered to the north by the Black Forest and to the south by the Swiss Jura. The High Rhine leaves Lake Constance at Stein am Rhein and becomes the Upper Rhine in Basel. In this area, the Rhine flows for more than 150 km through various landscapes, through narrow gorges and sparsely populated agricultural land, through port facilities and industrial estates in the Basel area. For a long time this region formed a cultural, linguistic, economic and even political unity under Habsburg rule, not to mention the Roman and Carolingian/Frankish period. Several bridge cities, such as Rheinfelden, Kaiserstuhl or Laufenburg, still bear witness to this bond, although the region today has two countries in political terms. The diversity of history, culture, cities, castles, (Celtic and Roman) settlements, agricultural landscapes and border defences that has developed over the course of more than 2000 years is today a successful synthesis of landscape, culture and buildings, which has grown over centuries and has the same cultural-historical roots (source and further information: www. Erlebnisraum-hochrhein.ch).