Infobox German Location
name = Kehl
name_local =
image_coa = Wappen Kehl.png
state = Baden-Württemberg
regbzk = Freiburg
district = Ortenaukreis
population = 34303
population_as_of = 2005-01-01
population_ref =
area = 75.06
elevation = 139
lat_deg = 48 | lat_min = 34 | lat_hem = N
lon_deg = 7 | lon_min = 49 | lon_hem = E
postal_code = 77671-77694
area_code = 07851
licence = OG
mayor = Günther Petry (SPD)
website = []

Kehl is a town in southwestern Germany in the Ortenaukreis, Baden-Württemberg. It is located at the river Rhine, directly opposite Strasbourg.


The village of Kehl was first mentioned 1038. In 1338 the first permanent bridge between Kehl and Strasbourg was completed. In 1678 the city was taken over by France and being considered as a part of the defence system of Strasbourg. Hence the village was transformed into a fortress in 1683 by the French architect Vauban. On May 7, 1770, Marie Antoinette was officially handed over by Austria to France on an island on the Rhine near Kehl. In 1774 - again ruled by the House of Baden - Kehl received town ordinances and privileges by the margrave Karl Friedrich von Baden. After several changes of the sovereigns (France, Baden and Austria) the city was finally returned to Baden in 1815 and the fortress was dismantled.

In 1861 the first railway bridge was built and the first direct connection from Paris to Vienna was established. Required changes of trains were performed in Kehl.

After the First World War, according to the Treaty of Versailles ("ex" art. 65) the harbour of Kehl was placed under French administration for seven years, in order to prevent possible German attacks on the opposite newly French town of Strasbourg.

During the Second World War, after the Battle of France Kehl was turned into a suburb of Strasbourg. After the war a number of Germans were expelled from Kehl. This state continued until 1953 when the city was returned to the Federal Republic of Germany and the refugees returned.

Gateway to Strasbourg

The French city of Strasbourg lies next to Kehl over the river. Kehl train station is located near the bridge of the river which can be crossed on foot to enter Strasbourg.

External links

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