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17. I was so wrong…

About Basel

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I thought it was just a boring modern city without much to recommend it…especially when looking out from our hotel at the huge buildings and smoking chimneys . The hotel was excellent but in a rather industrial area so we caught a tram in to the Marktplatz (free travel on public transport for visitors who are given a Basel card by their hotel…great idea). You arrive at the Marktplatz and are confronted by the enormous red brick Rathaus dating back to the 16th century but restored in 1901. It is amazing and very interesting. From there we walked (with roadworks everywhere!) to the bridge over the Rhine. We could see the location on the lovely gothic Minster so headed in the that direction and soon found we were going up a very steep hill bordered with pretty old houses and then bigger buildings which are part of the university. Really lovely and opening out into the huge Minsterplatz with trees and benches and the magnificent Minster itself. The crypt has some early paintings on the ceilings.
On our tram ride, we’d noticed a fascinating fountain in Barfussplatz so we had to go back to investigate…it’s amazing and great fun. It is by Jean Tinguely who was an avant-garde kinetic sculptor/engineer(?) who enjoyed creating Dali style works. I can’t get my video to work here, so here’s one from YouTube.

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Returning to collect our bags to get to the station was not as straightforward as it could have been, as it appeared that there had been problems with the roadworks which caused the cancellation of several trams, including the one we needed. However having decided to walk back to the hotel, we were about halfway back when a tram appeared so we made it in time to get our luggage and head to the station and our train to Strasbourg (where there was a lovely sunset to admire from our hotel).
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Posted by nanny0gg 07:02 Archived in Switzerland

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