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Border crossing over the old Rhein

  • Custom Border Widnau 1 Philipp-Krapf-Straße Lustenau, Vorarlberg, 6890 Austria (map)

Dialogue tour by bicycle

The old Rhein was a goal of survival for thousands of Jewish refugees in 1938. Many tried to escape the horrors of the national socialism and dared to escape to Switzerland first legal but soon illegal. The origin and eventful history of this green border will be at the heart of our bicycle tour along the river course. At several stops we will show you the landscape and tell stories of the old of Rhein - stories of successful and unsuccessful escapes, of resistance and collaboration, of escape helpers and deserters.


Meeting point: Lustenau Philipp-Krapf-Straße 1 (Customs transition Widnau) 

Endpoint: Hohenems Recreation Centre Rheinauen 

bringing your own bike and passport for crossing the border is required 

Registration is requested: T + 43 (0) 5576 73989 0,

The Association "Cycle without age" of Lustenau offers a ride in one of their two rickshaws or the wheelchair wheel for people who are not able to ride a bicycle anymore. For more detailed information and registration, please contact please contact: cycle without age Lustenau, T + 43 (0) 650 5759531, This is an event of the Jewish Museum Hohenems in framework of the exhibition „Say Schibbolet!“ in collaboration with the historic archive of the market town Lustenau and biking without age  


Picture: The old Rhine between the Schmitter and the Hohenems border, 1943; Financial Landesdirektion Vorarlberg