Rettbergsaue – Biebrich and Schierstein

Please read the notice regarding the timetable and last departure of the “Tamara” ferry. You will not be able to leave the grounds once the ferry has completed its final journey.

Rettbergsaue Biebrich: 0611 – 24551
Rettbergsaue Schierstein: 0611 – 24508

Tamara forms a link between the Rettbergsaue island and the banks of the Rhine. The ferry stops at the Rhine landing in Biebrich and at Schierstein port.

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Accessibility by public transport:
Bus lines 4, 14, 9, 38 & 39 to the Rhine landing in Biebrich, then continue on the Tamara ferry.

An easy-going, idyllic island in the middle of the Rhine…

Even the journey to the Rettbergsaue island on the “Tamara” ferry from the banks of the Rhine in Biebrich or the port in Schierstein makes the summer trip a special experience for people of all ages. And once you arrive, you immediately get that true island feeling.

The Rettbergsaue island has various camping sites and extends over an area that is part of the districts of Biebrich and Schierstein. It measures 68 ha in size, 3 km in length and around 300 m at its widest point.

Rettbergsaue

90% of the Rettbergsaue island is a protected nature reserve due to its rich variety of plants and birds. The remaining areas have been used as non-commercial spaces for leisure and recreation over the past few decades. Visitors are almost whisked away to a seaside holiday. There’s no traffic and dogs aren’t allowed either, which makes the island and its white sandy beaches the perfect location for parents with children. The Rettbergsaue island is also the ideal setting for camping enthusiasts.

The island cannot be accessed via the Schierstein Bridge at the moment; the route from Rettbergsaue Biebrich to Schierstein is also closed. However, the local passenger ferry (“Tamara”) has extended its operating hours to overcome the restricted accessibility of the area.


Regulations

Similar to the rules for public transport, all passengers must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose when travelling on the ferry. Only a limited number of visitors will be allowed on the meadow at the same time (depending on the size of ​​the recreational area) to ensure compliance with social distancing rules. The Inselcafé will remain open at the discretion of the leaseholder.

The outdoor showers and the toilets can be used as normal. The indoor showers and communal facilities will remain closed until further notice. The staff on site will monitor compliance with the current social distancing rules. Overnight stays in tents are not permitted at the moment, because the necessary controls to ensure compliance with the health and safety measures cannot be guaranteed at night.


Treat yourself to a little summer holiday:

  • Basketball courts
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Table tennis
  • XL outdoor chess
  • Outdoor bowling alley
  • Children’s playground
  • Amateur football pitch with goals
  • 6 barbecue areas (disposable barbecues are not allowed!)
  • “Inselcafé” restaurant (Tel.: +49 152 / 09831300)

Changes in 2015

Due to the construction of the Schierstein Bridge on the A643 motorway, the accessibility of the recreational facilities on the Rettbergsaue island will be significantly restricted until 2020:

  • The recreation grounds can only be reached with the “Tamara” passenger ferry.
  • You will not be able to leave the grounds once the ferry has completed its final journey.
  • The stairs from the Schierstein Bridge to the Rettbergsaue island are closed.
  • As the path between the Rettbergsaue Biebrich and Rettbergsaue Schierstein leisure facilities is closed, you should decide which of the two facilities you would like to visit before travelling on the ferry.
  • The passenger ferry has extended its timetable to overcome the restrictions mentioned above.

Campers

  • Camping is currently not possible on the grounds.
  • In April and May and after the summer holidays in Hesse, camping on the meadow is only permitted from Fridays to Sundays (except on public holidays).
  • From June to the start of the summer holidays in Hesse, the maximum length of stay is five days.
  • There are no camping restrictions during the summer holidays in Hesse.
  • All campers must register by phone at least three days in advance.
  • All campers must report to the on-site staff during the main opening hours on the day of arrival – and by 7:30 pm at the latest – presenting a valid passport, ID card or student ID.
  • Young people (including groups) under the age of 16 may only use the camping facilities with an accompanying parent or guardian.
  • Young people aged 16 to 18 must provide a declaration of consent from their parents.
  • Large groups of young people will only be admitted if adequate supervision can be ensured by responsible adults.
  • The grounds are not monitored at night.
  • All campers, especially those supervising groups of young people, are responsible for complying with the house rules.