Five towers of the town's medieval fortification are preserved. Königsturm in the south is the largest of them. Due to its position on the hillside it overlooks the whole old town.
All those towers are only halves - the inner side towards the town is open so that any enemy who conquered a tower was unable to use it as fortification against the citizens, intruders would have been unprotected.
A funny detail... The Italian restaurant below the tower has put up a little model of it as their sign (photos 3 and 4).
Gugge Band on Stage: "Tschäddärä" from Lörrach
Tschäddärä (name untranslatable) is a band form Lörrach, situated on the German side of the Rhine but very close to Basel. They showed up as devilish gangsters.
Their conductor has angel's wings on his back but otherwise does not look too angelic either...
Drums and percussion are mounted on little two-wheeled carts which are connected with the player's belt so that he pushes the cart when walking and has the hands free for drumming.
During the afternoon of Saturday, the two stages in Marktplatz and Johannisplatz are busy non-stop. The bands march in from the right, play a couple of songs on stage, then leave to the left while the next band is already waiting on the other side.
These bands are N-O-I-S-Y...
I was standing front and center next to the stage, which was great for taking photos and video but hard labour for my eardrums.
After the intro piece conductor and musicians take their heads off. It's easier for them to move and play without, although not as impressive for the spectators.
At the end of the show the heads are put on again.
Wanna hear them? Here is a video with sound. They almost smashed the microphone in my camera, too...