Fun at the Money Exchange
My fondest memory from my first trip here was at the currency counter in the railway station in February 1997. We had a good idea we were in Switzerland but didnt know for sure. My friend Mike goes to get some money. The teller asks what currency he would like and he says 'ah????, Local.' She replies 'oh then you want Swiss francs?'
The only Protestant carnival in the world
The carnival is the largest spectacle of Basel since 1376 according to the earliest records. The procession is beginning on the Monday following the Ash Wednesday and last until three day every year. It begins with the traditional Morgenstraich parade. For three days, the city is in turmoil, living to the sound of thousands of piccolos, drums and an atmosphere like no other. On the carnival also the "Kingdom of Lepmuria" probably takes part, which of course is no real place just a carnival group.
the 3 municipalities
in the "canton" Basel-Stadt , there are in fact 3 towns : Basel the very big one , Riehen 20 000 people and Bettingen , about 1300
I went by foot through Basel , then Riehen , and Lörrach(germany)
After wandering around the...
After wandering around the Munster, taking in it's architecture, peace and serenity, walk round the back of the building to the Pfalz. This is a shady area at the top of the cliff over looking the Rhine and there are beautiful views over the city and to Germany's Black Forrest. The view from here is particularly special at night.
SBB train station
The Bahnhof Basel SBB or Zentralbahnhof (Central station) is switzerlands second largest train station (the biggest one would be Zurich Main Station) and has another speciality: it has like the airport two parts: one swiss, one french. That french part is also called Basel SNCF. To get there, you have to pass through customs.
Trains that go to French destinations start in the french part of the train station. Trains for destinations in Switzerland from the swiss part. If you go to german destinations, you will also start here, but some more regional trains to Germany go from Basels other train station, the Badischer Bahnhof (I will add a tip later)
The facade that you can see in the picture is neo baroque and was built between 1905 and 1907.
Behind said facade a lot of things have changed, though. A lot was renovated and modernised. The complex can be found under the name "rail city Basel" in the net. It offers 24 hours shopping, a pharmacy, toilets, showers, luggage storage, bike rental etc etc
The train station has a big car park, a parking special for bicycles (better use them, wrong parked bicycles will be taken away by the police, locked or not). The following trams and buses go through the huge tram station in the front: 1,2,3,8,10,11, also the buses 30 and 50.
Bus 50 is the one that brings you to/from the airport.