Weil am Rhein Travel Guide

  • Burefasnet parade in the long ugly main street
    Burefasnet parade in the long ugly main...
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    Parish church in old Weil
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Weil am Rhein Things to Do

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    Parish church in old Weil

    by Kathrin_E Updated Mar 6, 2009

    If you make the walk along the seemingly endless ugly main street from the train station you spot an old steeple and a half-timbered house far away at the end of the street. There you find the old village centre with the church, some pretty old houses and a few narrow lanes at the foot of the hillside and the vineyards. The old centre is nothing to cross oceans for but if you are in Weil am Rhein anyway, don't miss it.

    The former town hall is now a small historical museum. Then there is the art gallery in Stapflehus and the museum of agriculture, and the parish church.

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    Near the square and the church there are a couple of small hotels and country inns that look quite nice from the outside (disclaimer: I have not entered any of them). In case you have to go to Basel, for example for business, and want to stay in a more rural location on the cheaper German side, this is an option.

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    by aaaarrgh Written Apr 6, 2006

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    Incredible is a big understatement. If you are interested in architecture or design this is a quite AMAZING place! Vitra produce some of the most beautiful, expensive and sought after furniture. They have used their success to invite world famous architects to design buildings on their industrial estate.

    The furniture factory is by British architect Nicholas Grimshaw. The Vitra Museum is a strange, swirling affair by the American 'blob' architect Frank Gehry. There is a Conference centre by the Japanese concrete wizard, Tadao Ando. Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza has designed a new Production Hall. Controversial Iranian architect, Zaha Hadid has produced a typically weird and spikey Fire Station, which is now used to display Vitra's enormous collection of C20th chairs.

    Open Tuesday to Sunday for visitors, you can just look around the museum or join one of the regular organised, multi-lingual tours. Architecture tours available at 12 and 2pm each day. See website.

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  • Weil am Rhein Hotels

    9 Hotels in Weil am Rhein

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Weil am Rhein Hotels

  • Tanne Fischingen Hotel

    31 Dorfstrasse, Weil Am Rhein 79552

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Axion

    Freiburger Str. 46, Weil am Rhein, Baden-Wurttemberg, 79576, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Atlas Hotel Weil Am Rhien

    Alte Strasse 58, Weil Am Rhein 79576

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel-Restaurant Adler

    Hauptstrasse 139, Weil am Rhein, Baden-Wurttemberg, 79576, Germany

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

  • Go2bed

    Pfadlistr. 15, 79576, Weil am Rhein, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Haus 3land

    Laublinstrasse 2, Weil am Rhein, Baden-Wurttemberg, 79576, Germany

    Good for: Couples

  • Hebelhof Weil

    Turmstrasse 19, Weil am Rhein, Baden-Wurttemberg, 79576, Germany

    Good for: Solo

  • Haus Bollinger

    Holzmattenweg 11/1, Weil am Rhein, Baden-Wurttemberg, 79576, Germany

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Business

  • Atlas Hotel

    Atlas Hotel Betriebs Gmbh, Weil Am Rhein, 79576, d

Weil am Rhein Local Customs

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    by Kathrin_E Updated Mar 3, 2009

    Weil, like Basel, celebrates its carnival one week later than the usual carnival date. The Burefasnet ("peasant carnival") date is actually the older Fastnacht date.

    How come? The Lent is officially 40 days. When counting from Ash Wednesday to Easter you end up with 46 days, not 40. At some point in history the catholic church decided that Sundays are holidays and shall not be counted as fasting days, so the duration of the Lent is counted as 40 days plus 6 Sundays. Protestant Basel and other parts of Northwestern Switzerland refused to join and stuck with the old date, 40 days before Easter including the Sundays. This also spread to the right bank of the Rhine, the Markgräflerland on the German side close to Basel.

    Weil's main parade takes place on Invocavit Sunday, six weeks before Easter and one day before Basler Morgestraich, at 2 p.m.

    Many jester guilds from near and far in Baden-Württemberg come to join in the parade. After doing their own activities on the 'main' carnival weekend they are happy to have one more event and one more party weekend before everything is over for good.

    Kids will receive lots of sweets. Adults should be prepared for lots of confetti. I have never had and observed as many nasty confetti attacks anywhere else as in Weil. This involves rubbing a person's face and hair with an handful of confetti and stuffing it into the collar and underneath the clothes. Confetti does not hurt but having a load inside your underwear is not that pleasant...

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