In the middle of a dense metropolitan area, yet flooded year in, year out: the Urdenbacher Kämpe lets you experience a piece of the Rhine floodplain without dikes – nowadays something of a rarity! Over the centuries, humans and nature have adapted to the regular flooding.
Old meadow orchards, atmospheric wetlands, rare wet meadows and remnants of enchanted alluvial forests are home to special plants and animals. And at the heart of all this: Haus Bürgel!
A detailed website on the Urdenbacher Kämpe can be found here.
Discovering the Urdenbacher Kämpe on your own works best on one of the color-marked routes. There are eight in total. Information and audio boards offer a number of fascinating insights into what makes the flora and fauna here so special. The trails, which extend for between 2 and 10 km, are lined with plenty of benches for you to stop and take in your surroundings.
Details of the individual routes with downloadable PDFs and GPS data can be found here.
The “AuenErlebnisBegleiter” are knowledgeable ambassadors of this region and will bring you even closer to the uniqueness of this ancient cultural landscape. They offer guided tours and events for kids and adults on a variety of topics, all of which are lovingly designed to open your eyes to the living diversity in the natural floodplains, in the alluvial forest, in the pastures and the orchards, in the hedgerows and around Haus Bürgel.
Information about guided tours for groups is available here.
Click here for the current calendar of events.
Since 2014, the Urdenbacher Altrhein (the “Old Rhine at Urdenbach”) has been able to settle into a new course over 2.5 km. The former summer dike has been opened, meaning that heavy rain and Rhine floods now cause this stream to overflow.
This is gradually transforming the landscape, with individual poplars dying as more willows and reeds take hold. Experience these changes firsthand on a walk along the newly created trails!