Boat trip on the Rhein-Rhone Canal, Spring 2012
Harbour in Basel
Ready for the great adventure
Kembs, the first and only lock we used on the Rhein.
Floating bollards are a great help
Free to exit
Might is right here
Entering the lock at Kembs - Niffer, on the Rhein-Rhone canal. About 230 Metres altitude.
From here we are rising all the time till we reach Valdieu. Total of about 115 Meters
Rhein - Rhone canal between Niffer and Mulhouse
Will it fit?
Approaching the harbour at Mulhouse
Town hall Mulhouse
Entering an empty lock
Date - 1877
From Mulhouse westwards the canals are considerally smaller
Nature flourishes in the quiet surroundings
Note the bicycle track on the left of the photo. These were once the mule paths for pulling barges.
No sesickness on these waters
There were various types of opening bridges
and prolific bird life.
Lock Filling. Note the turbulence.
I think this is Zillisheim
A rather old lock
where the harbourmaster was waiting for us.
A beautifully kept floating holiday home, 92 years old.
A canal bridge crossing a small stream
Details of the bridge etc., in French.
Crossing the canal bridge
Approaching the chain of locks rising from Retzwiller to Valdieu-Lutran
A tight fit!
The chain raises the canal about 40 metres in 12 closely spaced locks.
Looking back down the chain of locks
Stinking company. This fellow always left his old diesel running, in case he couldn't start it.
Looking down from Valdieu
A satellite view of the lock chain from Google Earth, 10 locks shown.
Valdieu, the highest part of the Rhein- Rhone canal, about 345m elevation
A popular spot.
A really beautiful area.
Overnight berth at Montreux-Chateau.
Elisabeth ready for all weather!
Sign on the European cycling route No. 6
Another type of opening brige.
Ready to pass.
This is our lock attendant passing on the way to prepare the next lock, having just closed the bridge again.
An industrial area.
The small canal going straight ahead was to go to Belfort, but it was never finished.
We turned left to cross another bridge. We are now operating the locks ourselves, using a remote control.
Green means we may now enter the lock after crosing the bridge.
Crossing the bridge.
A few spectators on the bike route.
Ready to enter.
The blue rod closes the lock gate and automatically opens the bottom gate when the lock has emptied.
We have been going down hill since Montreux-Chateau
Preparing the next lock
Change of steerman (or woman).
Red and Green means the lock is being prepared for us.
Flying boat taking off!
Elisabeth trying her hand at operating the lock.
Our final harbour, Montbéliard
Our route on the chart plotter. The square is Basel, then the crosses are our stops at Mulhouse,
Dannemarie and Montreux-Chateau and the Boat is at Montbéliard
Castle at Montbéliard
The lion of Belfort
The citadelle at Belfort
Two bells at Belfort
The lion again
Part of the Citadelle. It was unfortunately closed.
Farewell dinner aboard.
Back at Basel to pick up our car.