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The town of Kehl in Baden-Württemberg is a perfect destination for a trip with a campervan due to its beautiful location and numerous sights. It is located directly on the Rhine opposite Strasbourg and Karlsruhe is also not far away.
Freiburg im Breisgau is also just a stone's throw away. Kehl itself is the cultural centre of the Ortenau district and has been a major town since 1971. Due to its location on the French border, the town has unfortunately often been involved in conflicts and has therefore been destroyed several times over the centuries.
The town centre is 3 km from the mouth of the Kinzig river. In former times, Kehl was therefore also an important harbour town. The citizens achieved a certain prosperity through supra-regional trade.
Johann Jakob Friedrich Weinbrenner, a well-known German master builder of the classicist period, played a decisive role in shaping today's townscape. Weinbrenner was born in Karlsruhe in 1766. His buildings were mainly inspired by antique buildings from Italy.
A striking feature of his buildings are the columns in front of the main entrance. Many of his classicist buildings can still be admired, especially in the city centre. The centre also has a lively shopping street with numerous small cafés and restaurants.
The climate in the region is warm and temperate. The best time for a holiday with a campervan is between June and September. Most campsites open their season in May, when it doesn't get too cold at night.
The average annual temperature in Kehl is 10 Celsius. The warmest month of the year is June with an average of 20 degrees Celsius. Of course, on some days it is much warmer.
During the winter months, you should not necessarily sleep in a campervan. Between December and February, the values fluctuate between 2 and 5 degrees Celsius. Especially in January, there is a lot of snow in the region.
Rain falls quite evenly in Kehl throughout the year. Within a year there is 1112 mm of precipitation. The driest month is February with 80 mm. December has the most rain.
Since you should always expect a downpour even in summer, it is worth packing an umbrella or rain jacket. A waterproof awning for the campervan is also a good idea.
The Bridge of Two Banks, the Silver Fir Tower and the Auen Wilderness Trail are the best-known sights in the town. Strasbourg and Karlsruhe are good destinations for excursions with the campervan.
The Bridge of Two Banks, also known as the Passerelle des Deux Rives, crosses the Rhine and connects Germany with France. It is for pedestrians and cyclists only and was designed as part of a regional garden show. Marc Micram, an architect from Paris, created this work of art as a symbol of the cross-border friendship between the cities.
On 13 April 2004, the bridge was ceremonially inaugurated and opened to the public. In 2009, NATO heads of government met here to celebrate its 60th anniversary. A walk across the bridge is especially worthwhile shortly before sunset.
In 2003, a 44-metre-high observation tower was erected in the garden of the two banks. The tower's scaffolding consists of three enormous silver fir trunks, which come from Nordrach. A steel net stabilises the wooden construction.
A stairway on the outside of the steel net takes visitors to the viewing platforms. The ascent is only recommended for people who are free from giddiness. The effort is rewarded with a great view of Strasbourg and the Rhine.
This 2.5-kilometre trail is fun for adults and children. Countless wooden bridges and footbridges lead across the enchanting floodplain landscape, which is still regularly flooded by the Rhine. Other attractions include a balancing course and a small observation tower.
The hike takes about two hours. Halfway along the route there is a very nice rest area. After a heavy rainfall, it is possible that individual sections may not be passable.
Tip Rent a bike: The paths along the banks of the Rhine are ideal for cycling. You can rent very good bikes at the bicycle rental Velhop Station Automatique in the Walter Benjamin Passage in Strasbourg.
In and around Kehl there are numerous good campsites offering very nice pitches for campervans.
This really great site is located directly on the Rhine. With a bit of luck, you can park your campervan right on the water. The operator is very nice and helpful.
The sanitary facilities are first class. Fresh bread rolls are delivered in the morning and there is also a restaurant on site. The Europabrücke bridge leading to Strasbourg is close to the site and the silver fir tower is also just around the corner.
Due to its location, this site is highly recommended. The Rhine promenade is only a few metres away. The pitches are well screened, so you really feel at home here.
It is surprisingly quiet here at night. The prices for electricity and parking are quite reasonable, you pay at a vending machine. However, you are only allowed to stay for a maximum of 3 days.
This campsite is located in Strasbourg. The site itself is very spacious and well-maintained. The reception staff are very competent and helpful.
In the morning, guests can order croissants. In summer, the pool provides cooling. It takes 5 minutes to get to the centre by camper van.
The sanitary facilities are very clean and modern. There is a small playground for children. The food in the on-site restaurant is delicious.
By car/campervan: Getting here by car or campervan is no problem, as the A5 motorway runs almost directly past the city. Strasbourg can be reached via the B25. The French A30 motorway also leads to Strasbourg.
By plane: The nearest international airport is in Strasbourg. It is located about 11 km outside the city. Only Lufthansa flies to Strasbourg from Germany.
Kehl has a lot to offer visitors. The most famous sights are the numerous bridges, the observation tower and the Auen wilderness trail. Strasbourg is located directly on the opposite bank and is a very good destination for an excursion. The best time for a holiday with a camper van is between June and September. There are many good campsites in and around the city where you can rent a camper van pitch.