Just by Basel, at the start of the navigable Rhine, lies the charming little "Zähringer" town of Rheinfelden.
The historic town centre with its typical wide market street and delightful side lanes is an inviting area in which to wander, explore and do some shopping.
Rheinfelden (Swiss German: Rhyfälde) is a municipality in the canton of Aargau in Switzerland, seat of the district of Rheinfelden. It is located 15 kilometres east of Basel. The name means the fields of the Rhine, as the town is located on the Hochrhein. It is home to Feldschlösschen, the most popular beer in Switzerland.
The city is across the river from Rheinfelden in Baden-Württemberg; the two cities were joined until Napoleon Bonaparte fixed the German–Swiss border on the Rhine in 1802 and are still socially and economically tied.
The old town of Rheinfelden lies on the left bank of the Rhine, where the river is divided into two arms by the "Inseli", a roughly 150-metre-long island. This is on the verge of a tectonic plate, the Rhine rift.
A huge vortex, "St-Anna-Loch" tears at this point, with water up to fifty metres in depth. Nearly 400 metres east is the Magdenerbach. The Rhine is navigable by ship from Rheinfelden all the way to the North Sea.
Around the city center stretches a large gravel plain. While this stretches just one kilometre wide to the West, it extends to the east to the moraine of Möhlin with a width of around three kilometres; in the south, the plain is limited through the wooded, gently-rising foothills of the Tafeljura. These are the Steppberg (373 m above sea level) and the "Berg" (419 m), both in the south-east. Between these two hills lie the deeply incised valleys of the Magdenerbach.
Hotels in Basel
From Motel One and Schiff am Rhein there will be transportation to and from the meeting place.
Hotel Motel One ***, Barfüssergasse 16, 4001 Basel, Switzerland is 10 km away from EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. It is located in Basel, 100 m from Architectural Museum, 200 m from Basel Cathedral, 200 m from Pfalz Basel. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Each room at this hotel is air-conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.
Availability: 23-28 Oct.
Pre-booking: 20 rooms until 31 Aug.
Booking code: OpenTox2016
Tel.: +41 61 22622-00
(Approximate average price per night, single room: 110 euro)
Hotel Merian am Rhein ****, Rheingasse 2, 4005 Basel, Switzerland. The Merian am Rhein hotel is situated right on the river Rhine, in the heart of Basel, offering you charming rooms with a Nespresso coffee machine. A number of the rooms overlook the Rhine, providing you with marvelous views of one of Europe’s largest and most important rivers. The mobility ticket for free public transport in Basel is included in the rates. On the day of arrival, your booking confirmation guarantees free public transport from the train station or the airport to the hotel. After a day in the city you can enjoy the tasty food served in the hotel’s restaurant, which is considered one of the best fish restaurants in the city. It boasts a terrace with superb views of the cathedral.
Availability: 23-29 Oct., 2016
Pre-booking: 10 rooms until 31 Aug.
(Approximate average price per night, single room: 160 euro)
Public transportation to meeting place
From Zurich Airport:
Train (1hrs 43min, 32€ - 77€/ $35 - $84): The fastest way to arrive at 11 Schloss Beuggen is choosing the train. From Zurich Airport, travel by the train to Rheinfelden Bahnhof SBB (CH) (1hrs 05min). Then, take the bus and after 2 stops, get down at Rheinfelden (Baden) (4min). From there, take the train to Beuggen (approx. 3min). From Beuggen, you should walk approx. 500m (3-4min) more to arrive to your destination- 11 Schloss Beuggen.
Bus (3hrs 14min, 14€ - 28€/ $17 - $32): From Zurich Airport you can take the train to Zurich central station (10min) and from there, travel by bus to Kinderspielplatz, Lorrach (1hrs 11min). From Kinderspielplatz, take the bus to Rheinfelden, Baden (28min). From Rheinfelden take the train to Beuggen (3 min). From Beuggen, you should walk approx. 500m (3-4min) more to arrive to your destination- 11 Schloss Beuggen.
Taxi (55 min, one way 310€ - 370€/ $340 - $410 USD): From Departs of Zurich Airport (ZRH) you can take a taxi giving the directions: 11 Schloss Beuggen, Rheinfelden (79.6 km). Taxi providers:
TAXI 7x7 (+41 44 777 77 77 taxi7x7.ch), Taxi 444 AG (+41 44 444 44 44 taxi444.ch), Taxi Frei (+41 44 363 22 66 taxi-frei.ch).
Drive (Approximate fuel cost: 10€ - 15€, $11 - $16 USD, 79.6 km): From Zurich Airport (ZRH) you can drive to 11 Schloss Beuggen, Rheinfelden.
From Basel Airport:
Bus (59 min, 8€ - 22€/ $9 - $25): Take the bus 50 to Basel SBB (approx. 18min) and from there, travel by the train to Basel Bad Bf. (approx. 5min). In Basel Bad Bf, you change the train, and take the one to Beuggen (approx. 17 min). From Beuggen, you should walk approx. 500m (3-4min) more to arrive to your destination- 11 Schloss Beuggen.
Taxi (24 min, one way: 70€ - 90€/ $80 - $95 USD) From Departs of Basel Airport (BSL) you can take a taxi giving the directions: 11 Schloss Beuggen, Rheinfelden (33.2 km). Taxi providers: Mini Cab AG (+41 61 777 77 77 mini-cab.ch), Taxi-Zentrale AG Basel (+41 61 222 22 22 taxi-zentrale.ch),
33er Taxi AG +41 61 333 33 3333 ertaxi.ch).
Drive (Approximate fuel cost: 4€ - 7€/ $5 - $8 USD, 33.2 km): From Basel Airport (BSL) you can drive to 11 Schloss Beuggen, Rheinfelden.