Kehl on the Rhine

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Kehl © Uwe Barghaan/cc-by-3.0

Kehl © Uwe Barghaan/cc-by-3.0

Kehl is a town in southwestern Germany in the Ortenaukreis, Baden-Württemberg. It is located on the river Rhine, directly opposite the French city of Strasbourg. In 1338 the first permanent bridge between Kehl and Strasbourg was completed. In 1678 the city was taken over by France, as it was considered to be part of the defence system of Strasbourg. Hence the village was transformed into a fortress in 1683 by the French architect Vauban.

Kehl train station is located near the Pont de l’Europe bridge, which can be crossed on foot to enter Strasbourg. A bus line (21) also connects Kehl to Strasbourg. A tram link to Strasbourg is also planned, as part of the extension Strasbourg’s Tram line D. The latest forecasts (in 2013) foresee this tram link becoming operational in 2016.

Town hall © Arnaud Guerber Water Tower © Uwe Barghaan/cc-by-3.0 Villa Schmidt © Uwe Barghaan/cc-by-3.0 Kehl-Strasbourg-Passerelle des Deux Rives © Traroth/cc-by-sa-3.0 Weinbrennerhaus © Uwe Barghaan/cc-by-3.0 Kehl © Uwe Barghaan/cc-by-3.0
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Kehl-Strasbourg-Passerelle des Deux Rives © Traroth/cc-by-sa-3.0
Until 1519, Kehl was part of the diocese of Strasbourg. Then, the village had to change religion at the order of the margraves and the first Lutheran minister took office. During the French occupation of the 1690s, Kehl became Roman Catholic again, only to revert to Lutheranism after being ceded back to the margrave of Baden. From the early 19th century up to 1914, Lutherans and Catholics shared one church building; then, as the first building on the Kommissionsinsel the Catholic Church of St. Johann Nepomuk was erected.

Between 1842 and 1847, the first port facility was created by the Baden State Railway Administration. In 1861, the first railway bridge was built and the first direct connection from Paris to Vienna was established, with locomotives being changed over in Kehl.

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