The Pamina Rhine Park
Situated on the banks of the Rhine, the PAMINA Rhine Park is a cross-border area, which covers the largest stretch of interconnected alluvial plains in Europe. It takes in 34 territorial municipalities and local authorities, including 11 on the French bank, and covers 850 km² from Leimersheim (D) / Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (D) in the north to Drusenheim (F) / Rheinmünster-Greffern (D) in the south. The Rhine, which has shaped the local inhabitants as well as the landscape on either side of the border, is the project's common denominator. Ten museums, two nature and environmental interpretation centres, more than sixty stations along the route, four Rhine ferries and a large network of cycle tracks form the major components of the project.
The ten museums form a veritable network of exhibits, constituting the project's backbone (anchorage points). Ecological realities, historic, social and cultural past, every aspect of life alongside the river is presented in the various museums in the PAMINA Rhine Park.
The Nature and Environmental Interpretation Centres in Munchhausen (F) and Karlsruhe-Rappenwört (D) are the highlights as regards protecting nature, the environment and the natural heritage. The PAMINA Rhine Park is set in a typical alluvial landscape which is home to some quite exceptional flora and fauna. Several Rhineland environments, including the Sauer Delta Nature Reserve, have remained unspoiled and have now become a rarity.
The Rhine Park is an area to explore by bicycle. The various sites in the PAMINA Rhine Park are interconnected by a large network of cycle tracks, which skirt the protected areas of the alluvial plain. The trail is a delight for those scouring the heart of the PAMINA Rhine Park for a haven of peace, but without giving up on exercising. The peaceful atmosphere of the Rhine backwaters is an invitation to dawdle, looking for peace and quiet to observe the natural world without, however, detriment to the inhabitants of the protected environment such as nesting birds, amphibians and insects. Cycling on this trail is a real delight! Total distance of the trail: approximately 130 km.
More than sixty stations alongside the route set up in the vicinity of the cycle track showcase the region's curiosities and the noteworthy sites in the Rhine Park. Interesting explanatory panels punctuate the cycle tracks, inviting cyclists to take an educational break. The themes discussed vary considerably and underline the ecological or historic importance of each site.
A selection of "discovery and interpretation trails" invites ramblers and hikers to explore some extraordinary Rhine landscapes at the heart of the PAMINA Rhine Park cross-border area and discover the diversity and charm of its protected landscapes and unspoilt nature.
Four Rhine ferries linking the towns of Leimersheim and Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Neuburg and Neuburgweier, Seltz and Plittersdorf, Drusenheim and Greffern, enable cyclists and ramblers to cross the Rhine to get to the other bank.
Would you like to explore a specific aspect of the Rhine Park?
…. Then come and get to know our guides, who will share their knowledge of the region and use their understanding of the land to help visitors. The guides at the Rhine Park are qualified assistants who arrange guided tours to suit your needs, tastes and specific interests. Those with an exceptional knowledge of the region are adept at organising hikes, bike trips or bus tours that lift the veil on the secrets of the alluvial landscape. A guided tour is the perfect complement for everyone: whether you come as part of a group or on your own.
Documentation, such as the map of the cycle trails on the Rhine plain and the restaurant and accommodation guide, is provided free of charge in every tourist information office, museum, and nature interpretation centre in the Rhine Park or can be obtained on request from the information office at the PAMINA Rhine Park.
PAMINA Rhine Park Information Office
Tel. +49 (0)7222 255 09
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