The Port du Rhin district, with its 2 000 or so inhabitants, has recently been re-connected to the centre of Strasbourg thanks to arrival of the tram. Since 2012 the wind of change has been sweeping through the district, in particular with the developments around the Place de l’Hippodrome and with the new Rhéna Clinc, the largest private health clinic in the Strasbourg conurbation.
The project is in keeping with the existing landscape, extending the blocks already built in the direction of the Rhine. In terms of the neighbourhood, the new builds blend in with the old apartment blocks and provide new facilities and local services. The tree-lined avenues are also extended, with occasional views opening up towards Germany. With its new projects and green open spaces, the district and its community life are coupled with a new metropolitan dynamic.
The new walkway along the Rhine is like a 60 m wide green ribbon separating the housing developments from the riverbank. It extends the Jardin des Deux-Rives and the historic district, engaging with its twin park along the banks of the Rhine on the German side. Its grassy beaches are alive with walkers, a plethora of sports and leisure activites, and places to stop for refreshments.
Access and getting around
The Rives & Port du Rhin district is directly connected to the central railway stations in Strasbourg et Kehl-am-Rhein via the French-German tram line opened in 2017.
The Port du Rhin tramstop is the link with the centres of Kehl and Strasbourg. The vast network of cycle paths ensures the district is fully covered.
The Port du Rhin is a historic district with an existing network of streets and local public squares. The urban development project builds on these existing streets.
Some of them, like the Route de l’ile-des-épis, which will connect the district to the future Rhine Walkway, are extended towards the Rhine. Others, like the Rue Jean Monnet, soon the site of new builds, facilities, and public services, connect the northern parts of the district to the south.
The Place de l’Hippodrome, with its local shops, will continue to be the district’s nerve centre.
The Rhine walkway and local squares will ensure the district a good supply of green spaces, sports facilities, and play areas.
The walkway will ensure an unbroken link between the northern part of the district (the former Cour des Douanes) and the Jardin des Deux-Rives.