Laufenburg (CH/D)
Bridge over Rhine

Laufenburg is a strange little town on the Rhine River: the left bank is Swiss, the right bank German. The town has been split in two since 1802, following the Treaty of Lunéville, which granted the left bank of the Rhine to the French Republic. At the time, Switzerland had been invaded by Bonaparte's France and had become a short-lived Helvetic Republic under French rule. The bridge connecting the two banks is closed to traffic, but allows pedestrians to go freely from one country to the other.


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