Basel 2005

Basel is one of our favourite Swiss cities.  At the north western corner of Switzerland it lies astride the river Rhine where Germany and France meet.  Emma used to work in the city, so we have visited the place a few times and have always enjoyed wandering around the city.  It is reputed to be the sunniest part of Switzerland and certainly it has always been warm and sunny when we have been there.  It is a very old city, the origins dating back to Roman times, and many of the streets still preserve buildings from medieval times.  One of the first things that stood out for us in Basel was the wonderful façades of the older buildings, both grand and ordinary.  In particular we were amazed at the variety of lovingly preserved wooden doors and windows.  The photos below all date from a visit in 2005 and most are of the fronts of buildings to show some of these doors and windows.  They come in all shapes and sizes.

    

Basel has some beautiful and unusual public buildings and one that really stands out is bright red Town Hall with its rich ornamentation.  Below are three snaps of this gorgeous 16th century delight.

        

Ornamental sculpture is a feature of Basel and examples can be found all over the city.  The first of the three photos below shows one of the carnival fountains created by Swiss artist Jean Tinguely.  You can see the fountain in action in this video clip.  The other two photos show St George slaying the dragon from the walls of the Munster and one of the statues which adorn the many public fountains in the city.

  

Basel has a lovely old botanical garden linked to the university.  This is where we first came across an unusual plant with giant leaves.  The photos was taken in one of the hot houses.  This post ends with a couple of snaps of the river Rhine.  the first shows the passenger ferry boats which transfer people across the river by means of a pulley.  Very strange.  The final photo is taken from high above the river by the Munster and shows Kleinbasel (Little Basel) across the river and in the middle, one of the thousands of industrial barges which ply their trade along the river.

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