A place we want to revisit. Rheinfelden was the start of a fairly uninspiring bike ride, the *Rheinfelden-Bad Zurzach Route 2. If you try this ride, do it with the wind, starting upriver in Bad Zurzach. It’s in general a monotonous ride with a lot of freeway time.

Rheinfelden was definitely the highlight. We’ve returned post that initial visit, and it’s quite cute and manageable. There are two main attractions: 

  • The ***Wellness-Welt Sole Uno, a major spa/pool complex. It’s not super fancy, but it’s large and expansive (indoor pool, outdoor pool, underground salt floating pool, a dozen wet and dry saunas, lots of sunbathing areas). It makes for a lovely day. It is quite kid friendly – but to take advantage of saunas it’s adult only and co-ed/nude. Note that they provide towels, but bring your own flip flops for the showers. We stayed at the adjoining *Park-Hotel am Rhein. It’s a fairly ‘medical’ experience – feels like staying in hospital. Rooms are very large. While I didn’t love it, for a two day spa trip it may be economically a good choice (spa is included for free).
  • Brauerei Feldschlösschen (we didn’t tour, closed due to Covid). Do call in advance to get a table in the restaurant – it looks good and books out weeks in advance. They have a huge beer festival the last week in April each year that draws a big crowd.

While you’re in the area, wander the lively and pretty old town. It’s lined with cafes and bistros – we had good cordon bleu at **Gambrinus. is just a short walk across the bridge to Germany and has a lovely patio – would be worth checking out for a meal.

In the vicinity of the Brauerei, **Hotel Eden is an elegant, if perhaps a bit institutional, wellness hotel. We had a decent late afternoon lunch (they have a limited afternoon menu outside of standard meal times).

We tried unsuccessfully to eat in Laufenburg (pretty, but very sleepy, need to cross over to the German side to eat).