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Occupying a cosmopolitan spot upon the border of Germany and France, the ancient former fishing village of Kehl is a verdant vision of excellent hiking trails and intriguing medieval history. The intriguing and international town bursts with a rich culture inspired by the contrasting countries, the evidence of which exudes from the fantastic museums, fine food and colourful carnivals. Standing on the bridge that straddles the separator river is an enjoyable experience that feels like culture is intermingling beneath your feet.
Travellers appreciative of breath-taking views will delight in the vertiginous vantage point at the top of the 38-meter White Fir Observation Tower. Ascend the spiralling slope of the 210 steps in order to enjoy picturesque panoramas of the glittering River Rhine, the Black Forest and a moored pirate ship that resides nearby.
Return to solid ground in order to observe the 19th century Peace Church, a beautifully baroque structure whose impressive entrance portal leads to an idyllic interior filled with religious relics. In front of the church, a fabulous fountain indicates a period embracing modern design.
Kehl’s City Museum is a fascinating collection of sculpture, artwork and archaeology that depicts the rich historical heritage of the town. Dating back to the medieval period, the assortment of artefacts is guaranteed to capture the imagination and intrigue of those interested in history.
Kehl’s fabulous food has a decidedly cosmopolitan feel due to its prime position between two countries, and a restaurant that maximises this fusion is Grieshaber’s Rebstock Restaurant, an exquisite eatery that serves regional delicacies with a modern twist. Dishes are delicately presented and include tender loin of lamb with rich wine red wine jus. (183 Haupt strasse, 77694 Kehl, Germany)