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Rhinau is located in France
Coordinates: 48°19′13″N 7°42′12″E / 48.3203°N 7.7033°E / 48.3203; 7.7033Coordinates: 48°19′13″N 7°42′12″E / 48.3203°N 7.7033°E / 48.3203; 7.7033
Country France
Region Alsace
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Sélestat-Erstein
Canton Benfeld
Intercommunality Rhin
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Danièle Meyer
Area1 17.35 km2 (6.70 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 2,602
 • Density 150/km2 (390/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 67397 / 67860
Elevation 155–166 m (509–545 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Rhinau (German: Rheinau) is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department of Alsace in north-eastern France.

Until 1398, the village was located on the bank of the Rhine. The present village dates from the sixteenth century.

After a flood in 1541, an uninhabited 58% of its territory (10 km²) happened to end up on the right bank of the Rhine, in Germany. The German part of Rhinau is a natural reserve, the Taubergiessen (de). A ferry crosses the river, linking the two banks in France and Germany.

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