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Switzerland possible? 13 Jul 2018 21:55 #99792

We have just come down from Niffer, and the current in the Grand Canal was very benign. A different story after the last lock north, Iffezheim, but then we are going downhill.

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Switzerland possible? 12 Jul 2018 17:23 #99765

Whilst entrance/exit from the old canal at Rhinau is blocked by a string of red buoys, it is possible to enter /leave the Rhine .
The middle section of the entrance is heavily silted, and the channel is on the southern side of the entrance . The buoys do make it very confusing.
To use the lock you need to contact the VNF control Centre at Krafft.

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Switzerland possible? 11 Jul 2018 20:59 #99753

I don't see what this old closed section has to do with the viability of getting to Switzerland. Once it was possible to avoid the Rhine and travel on the can all the way from Strasbourg to Mulhouse. Now you can travel all the way on the Rhine or part way by canal and then the Rhine.
On reaching the Mulhouse junction of the Rhine if you keep going then you cross over into Switzerland.
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Finally did it, sold the farm, downsized and found a barge. All happens now from 2015.

Switzerland possible? 11 Jul 2018 20:42 #99752

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Have you seen post by Bente from this year would this influence your plans?

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Switzerland possible? 11 Jul 2018 20:40 #99751

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So would be waging our time this year.

Thanks for info

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Switzerland possible? 11 Jul 2018 14:21 #99748

The entrance/exit from the old canal at Rhinau is blocked by a string of red buoys since 09/15 and still was when we passed in 03/18. No depth at all, lock not working.

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Switzerland possible? 11 Jul 2018 10:10 #99741

The old RhIne Rhone Canal Branche Nord is only navigable from Strassburg to PK 102,5. From there you can go back to the Rhine through the 3 km long "canal de raccordement de Rhinau" at Rhine-PK 258.
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Switzerland possible? 10 Jul 2018 23:27 #99738

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Many thanks for this - really appreciate your response.....all the best, Frank

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Switzerland possible? 10 Jul 2018 22:44 #99735

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I think this will be fine if the river flow is light, but hard work if not. I travelled the other way (Niffer to Strasbourg) a couple of years ago and it was straight-forward as the current was manageable. The other way would have been doable, but would take twice as long and burn three times the fuel. I regret not having first visited Bassel, but I plan to do the Rhone au Rhin again, maybe next year so will look at that option then. I would always do the route anti-clockwise to avoid a possible struggle up the Rhine if there's been recent heavy rain. The trouble is, it takes weeks to get t the Rhine during which time conditions could change dramatically.

You could of course reduce exposure to the Rhine by taking the old Rhone au Rhine Branche Nord from Strasbourg and join the Rhine part way to Niffer. I was advised against this canal as it was reported to be very weedy and slow going - but I was going downstream so had no reason to reduce exposure to the Rhine!

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Switzerland possible? 10 Jul 2018 22:20 #99733

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Thank you for this, we really appreciate you taking the time to respond. All the best, Frank

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Switzerland possible? 10 Jul 2018 21:08 #99732

We travelled from Strasbourg as far as Mulhouse last year at about this time, possibly end of July. There was very little flow and could easily have continued for one more day into Switzerland. We met another boat at Mulhouse from Basel who was about to return, he was in a small cruiser.

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Switzerland possible? 09 Jul 2018 22:30 #99719

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Hello. We are heading towards Strasbourg with the intention of going to Basel but have met fellow boaters who have said we won’t be able to do it in our barge (5knts cruising speed). Has anyone done this stretch of water and if so is there a good/bad time to go? Any comments from those that have actually done/attempted it would be very appreciated. Thank you.

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