IntroductionKehl has had to fight for its township more than most, having been passed back and forth between France and Germany numerous times. The most recent example was during World War II, when it was deemed a suburb of neighbouring French city Strasbourg. It was returned to Germany in 1953, with its town rights restored.
An impressive bridge crosses the river Rhine over to Strasbourg, and on the Kehl side a 38 metre tower provides views of the Black Forest. The town centre has a modern town hall, theatre, and a pedestrianised area with shops, while elsewhere it becomes more rural, with timber-framed houses and meadows.