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Easy hikes from Basel

Hi, I'd like to start a new thread about easy walks/hikes in the Basel area - in Switzerland, Germany or France. I'm interested in sharing with others and finding walks for my children, so basically anything under 7km, but ideally 3-5 km, within about 45 minutes drive of Basel. I'm trying to make walking more fun for them, so it's a bonus if there's a playground or something fun to see/do. I would love to know more about walks in Switzerland.

I thought I'd start by sharing a lovely walk we found recently in Kandern, which is in Germany 30 minutes drive from Basel - from Badischer Bahnhof there is a train that takes just over 50 mins.

The walk is called Walderlebnispfad - http://www.kandern.de/logicio/pmws/i...lang_iso639=de

It is an easy walk of 3.5 km, and has 15 stops for children, with experiences - ie you have signboards, and you match up the trees/leaves with their names. There is also a Kletter (climbing) place on the way. There's also a playground at the start, so it's fun for children.

In Switzerland, there is a similar walk in Olten - http://www.forst-olten.ch/dienstleis...lderlebnispfad

Other ideas for walks- La Petite Camargue in St Louis Neuweg - this can be reached on the 604 bus from Schifflande, and also has a big carpark beside it. It has lots of nice places to walk/discover animals, depending on your luck - bison, squirrels, frogs..http://www.petitecamarguealsacienne.com/web/

If you have a car, Ferrette is beautiful. It's in France - http://www.alsace-balades.bseditions...OTTE+DES+NAINS - the walk is 8km, and there are caves to discover. The little town is also pretty and there are castle ruins and a playground at the beginning of the walk. This website is good for planning other longer walks.

I'm looking forward to hearing from others..

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Re: Easy hikes from Basel

For longer walks/hikes in the Basel region (not suitable for small children) see this thread...
Basel Region: Walking, hiking
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I have always headed up the back of Muttenz, bike or walk in Autumn its lovely!
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Re: Easy hikes from Basel

http://www.fricktaler-hoehenweg.ch/

I did this walk last year - it took 2 and a half days (I went home each night)
You go over all the peaks in between Rheinfelden and Mettau starting at Rheinfelden railway station.
I really recommend it - it goes through places that are hidden from the normal tourists.

You can select the language (English available) - good this time of year.

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I have always headed up the back of Muttenz, bike or walk in Autumn its lovely!
Hi Bilbo, do you know if there is anywhere to park near there? I've never been..Where would be a good place to start walking?

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http://www.fricktaler-hoehenweg.ch/

I did this walk last year - it took 2 and a half days (I went home each night)
You go over all the peaks in between Rheinfelden and it starts at Rheinfelden railway station.
I really recommend it - it goes through places that are hidden from the normal tourists.

You can select the language (English available) - good this time of year.
This sounds lovely, but I suspect it's a bit too much for my children
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It is easy walking - just long.
If you split it up into sections, it is perfect for kids.

Try a bit of it.
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Re: Easy hikes from Basel

Hintere Wasserfallen, Mümliswil, was a splendid hike last weekend, picturesque and easy enough to handle with the very little ones. Berggasthaus there serves tasty pumpkin creme and fresh wine.
That's Jura, ~30 minutes drive.
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Hintere Wasserfallen, Mümliswil, was a splendid hike last weekend, picturesque and easy enough to handle with the very little ones. Berggasthaus there serves tasty pumpkin creme and fresh wine.
That's Jura, ~30 minutes drive.
Sounds great, how long was the walk? Was it an signposted one, or did you just go for a general ramble?
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Re: Easy hikes from Basel

Rheinfelden SBB is a good jumping off point for hikes, they are signposted and mapped at the station, otherwise my favorite lazy hike is up to the castle at Arlesheim
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Re: Easy hikes from Basel

Chälengrabenschlucht is fantastic and easy on the kids. You start at the TCS Parkplatz in Hoftstetten and walk to Blauen. On the way there is a beautiful little gorge that you go through (the nature part), a playground and picnic area at the top of the walk (for when you are ready for a break), and at the top of the hill you encounter Hofstetter Bergmatte that has real camels to look at and ride-on cars for a frank (nature and entertainment) not to mention great food and a gorgeous view. From there is is off to Blauen and if you miss the bus like we did, a short walk straight down to the trainstation in Zwingen.

We used public transport all around so the kids loved all aspects of the day and it was an easy walk with enough diversions for the kids.

http://www.baselland-tourismus.ch/er...zur-spielwiese
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Re: Easy hikes from Basel

This is a nice one, around an hours drive from Basel.
http://www.routeyou.com/location/wal...735000765&z=14
There is also a large parking area at the top and a two walks around the top, one a bit rougher and one easy for children, also on a clear day across the alpine panorama and the Black forest and the Vogese is fantastic.
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Sounds great, how long was the walk? Was it an signposted one, or did you just go for a general ramble?

The two notches on the road are waterfall and a little chapel. We took a 40-minute hike, enough to watch the waterfall from afar, stroll through the forest, and stop by the chapel. Allegedly a wonder-working place

Those in better shape (or without little kids riding them) make it a longer ramble, some 3 hours I gather.
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Which month will be best for all this activities?
Whenever it is not icy or rainy, climbing the hills in either of those conditions is somewhat less fun. April to mid-October I would say.
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