Switzerland���s German Island


Although the pretty village of B��singen is part of the Federal Republic of Germany, it sits like an island surrounded by the canton of Schaffhausen. Many special circumstances govern the community���s life. The Exclave Trail offers insights into this unusual case.

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The German exclave (or Swiss enclave) belongs politically to Germany, but economically and socio-politically, B��singen’s inhabitants are oriented towards Switzerland. Two zip codes, the only German soccer club in the Swiss Liga, as well as its own car licence plate, mark the village’s German-Swiss identity.

The Exclave Trail lets hikers explore the scenic landscape on the High Rhine (Hochrhein). This special tour takes about two and a half hours and leads past eleven stations that present information on B��singen’s status and history. On this tour you are passing the Rhine Mill (Rheinm��hle), the Squire’s Mansion (Junkerhaus) and the Romanic Mountain Churche. In Restaurant Waldheim you have the opportunity to sit at a table where the border runs beneath their feet.

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