Swimming in the Rhine? Yes, you can.
The water is actually quite clean. They test it regularly and give out the results with recommendations.
There are some good places, where you can swim, either at the rim (marked newly with blue swimmers) or you go in at one point, swim down with the current and get out further down.
Just be mindful when swimming in the Rhine, that there are ships and boats on it, too. Always swim looking upstream as well as downstream. Also stay well off the columns of the bridges! Especially behind them you can always find currents that will suck you down. Never use swimming helps. If you can swim only badly, just don´t do it. Best is, if you are two or more who swim together (also much fun).
But swimming in the Rhine is a real experience. A totally different and charming way to see the city skyline.
a map of where to swim you find under
blue are the regions where it is safe to swim, in the red areas you share the Rhine with all the ships and boats...
Good place to get in: start at the Tinguely Museum, get out before the Wettstein bridge. They even have a shower there. Or swim on and get out later, you see more of the city.
There is an official day organised by the SLRG (Swiss life saving groop) where you can swim in the Rhine with lots of people. This year 2005 it will be held at August 12th at 6 p.m. if the weather and water are good. Starting point is the Ferry at the Munster on the side of the smaller Basel. If the weather is bad, they postpone it for a week.
If you can´t swim, have a look at them anyway :-)
This is the place where 3 European countries come together (somewhat like the 4 states point in Amerika).
Here we have France, Germany and Switzerland.
Its one of the reasons why I like to live here.
You can go shopping or to the movies or in restaurants not only in one country, but with one small "hopp" you are over the border....
But back to that "point". It is located on a half island in the Rhine and marked with a silver tower or sail (you can see it in the background of my pic).
I do not think this is a "must see", but on sunny days it makes a good excursion out here.
There is also a Restaurant here (modern as you see) where you can sit inside or outside and have a glace or a cup of tea etc..
See the ship in front of it? It is a cruise ship for excursions on the Rhine. The Lällekönig. There is also a station here for the waterbus.
You can use a boat without any angine except the waves.
Just ring the BELL , the boat will come to you !
Cost = 1.20 CHF
Die vier Basler Fähren:
* «Wilde Maa» zwischen Schwarzwaldbrücke und Wettsteinbrücke
* «Leu» zwischen Wettsteinbrücke und Mittlerer Brücke
* «Vogel Gryff» zwischen Mittlerer Brücke und Johanniterbrücke
* «Ueli» zwischen Johanniterbrücke und Dreirosenbrücke
Montag bis Freitag 7.00 bis 19.00 Uhr
Samstag und Sonntag 9.00 bis 19.00 Uhr
Preise - Einzelfahrt
Erwachsene Fr. 1.20
Kinder Fr. -.60
Kinderwagen Fr. -.60
Velo Fr. -.60
Hunde Fr. -.60
Die Basler Fähren werden finanziell vom Fähri-Verein getragen und erhalten keine staatlichen Subventionen. Der Jahresbeitrag beträgt 20 Franken jährlich oder 200 Franken lebenslänglich.
Kontaktadresse für weitere Unterlagen:
Fähri-Verein Basel, Postfach 1353, 4001 Basel
oder bei jedem Fährimann.
From 60's to the 90's
21 h Monkey's
Kur- und Verkehrsverein
Tel. +41 (0) 81 838 60 00
Picturesque Lake Sils
The lake region of the Upper Engadine is one of the most unforgettable areas of Switzerland. This high plateau is dotted with sparkling lakes and ancient villages that are built in the unmistakable local architecture. Forests of fir trees and hiking trails perched on the mountain side make this a high quality hiking destination. The loop around Lake Sils especially showcases the region's attractiveness and diversity.
The loop around Lake Sils begins in the village of Sils-Maria, once summer home and inspiration to Nietzsche. After 100 meters, the route branches off to Sils -Baselgia. Here, the trail ascends to a mountain trail that leads all the way to Maloja. Be sure to take a look at the azure lake deep down in the valley from both Grevasalvas and Plan dil Zoch. Don't hike all the way to Maloja but just short of it turn to follow the lakeshore down in the valley. Halfway, you will spy Isola, in its rather isolated position on the delta of the nearby mountain stream.
Starting point: Bus station Sils-Maria Post.
Destination: Sils-Maria Post.
The historic center of Sils-Maria is worth a detour.
Walking time: 4 h 50 min
Season: June through October
Altitude difference/Condition: 360 m / Intermediate to difficult
Place to eat: Sils-Maria, Sils-Baselgia, Maloja, Isola
Hiking map SAW Julierpass 1:50'000
Foundation «Cycling in Switzerland»
Rhine Route 2 Section Schaffhausen-Basel
The Hochrhein has carved its course between the Black Forest and the Jura. Sometimes wide and languid, sometimes wild and narrow. Europe's mightiest waterfall is found at Schaffhausen. Eleven power stations claim tribute from the thundering torrent before releasing it northwards to Basle.
Length: 128 km
Unsurfaced: 25 km
Schaffhausen-Basel: 415 m
Basel-Schaffhausen: 535 m
Altitude difference with bike transport by rail, bus or boat:
Schaffhausen-Basel: 415 m
Basel-Schaffhausen: 535 m
Level of difficulty: Low to medium, traffic experience
For: Young people,adults
Helpful hints: Schwaderloch-Etzgen and at Rümikon: main road with heavy traffic.
This is not a Relative but its the name of the Basler for their oldest Tram that is still touring the rails of Basel. A real Oldtimer and everyone knows it.
It was built 1914.
You can't find the old Aunt Schuggi on the rails everyday, but you may be lucky.
The tram is today touring groups around Basel.
Have a seat on the wooden places, watch out the windows (with curtains, of course, we travel in stile) and hold your glas of wine when the old aunt makes a sharper curve (which she still can).
The Dante Shuggi tours on Fridays. The drive includes a Meal. You will have to pay for the Drinks. Costs between 30-40SFr.)
It can be booked at the Restaurant "Storchen" on the Schifflände. Phone Number: 061/261 29 29
The second way to get on Dante Schuggi is to rent it for your wedding or else. Then you can also have an added wagon with the musicians on it (see picture). (Costs from 660.- SFR per hour)
This is something I definitely have to do some day.
This museum found its home in the former Basel paper mill from the 15th century, in the charming St. Alban quarter.
This museum is "interactive" - that means you can check out yourself the process of paper making like in old times. Absolutely fascinating. Displayed is also the development of printing and bookbinding. You can even see the original late Gothic living room of the Gallican family. In the shop you can buy excellent papers, but it is quite expensive.
St. Alban-Tal 37,
Tel. +41 61 272 96 52
The central post office building (Hauptpost, located Freie Strasse, centre of the old town) was built 1853 in Neo-Gothic style by J.J. Stehlin, a popular local architect. In 1880 another complex was added. The public hall is decorated with beautiful frescos (theme: Transportation in past and presence) by Burkhard Mangold (1909/10), restored 1977.
From outside the buildings looks rather dark and massive (sandstone), but I was very surprised when I went in and saw the light hall with tall pillars and the stunning pictures. Really a gem. (See my General Tip "Internet" as well.)
The building of the BIZ (Bank for International Payment Regulations) is located near the Central Railway Station SBB. It was built 1977 by Burckhardt & Partner AG.
The BIZ was founded 1930 at the conference of Den Haag by the Central Banks of Germany, Belgium, France, UK, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the US. After WWII Canada, Australia and South Africa joined the BIZ. It acts as the "Bank of Central Banks (In the US "Federal Reserve Bank"). The Bank plays a major part in regulations of international payments and the balance of financial markets (currently Basel II, if you know what this means.)
The Strasbourg Monument was created by August Bartholdi in 1895 (whose most famous work is the Statue of Liberty in New York). It was a gift from the citizens of Strasbourg to say thanks to Switzerland for the help for the hardly damaged Strasbourg in the war 1870/71.
The figures depict and angel guarding women and children, the reliefs show the help in the damaged city and the legendary boat ride with the millet gruel pot 1476, reminding of the centuries old friendship between Switzerland and Strasbourg.
Basel has a huge number of fountains. One of them, and a very beautiful one, is the Spalen fountain, right next to the Spalentor city gate.
It depicts a man playing the bagpipe. This motif is very popular in Switzerland (see Bern) and goes back to a drawing of Albrecht Dürer.
The relief with dancing folks at the bottom of the column is made after a picture of Hans Holbein.
The Western part of the old town remained its medieval ambience very well. One of the most charming places is the small Andreasplatz square. The surrounding houses were completely restored in the 1980s.
Very funny is the Monkey fountain in the centre of the square. Cafés, a bakery, several little shops and the restaurant Hasenburg attract visitors and make it a lively, but not crowded place.
Great place to have a coffee with pastry for a break.
Right by the Wettstein bridge in Kleinbasel you also find the Wettstein fountain, a work of Alexander Zschokke (1955). It depicts the mayor Johann Rudolf Wettstein (1594 - 1666).
In 1648, after the 30year war, he achieved independence of Basel and Switzerland from the Roman-German Reich in the treaty of Münster and Osnabrück (Westfälischer Frieden).
In the background of the picture you see the orphanage (see Must See Tip).
St. Theodor is an excellent example for a mid-size Gothic church of the Upper Rhine area. The church was rebuilt in 1377 after the earthquake and again 1422.
The walls inside are decorated with beautiful frescos (1420). Very beautiful are the late Gothic font of sandstone, the pulpit (1497), the stained glass windows in the choir (1370).
To get inside you need to make a reservation at the sacristan, claragraben 43, Tel. 691 26 63).
The church is located at the right bank of the Rhine (Kleinbasel), near the Wettstein bridge.
Just below the St. Alban city gate you can find the remains of the city wall. Not more than 150 m long, but picturesque. It stretches from the little creek down to the Rhine, where one of the towers - called "Letziturm" - is preserved.
The scene is very picturesque and again peaceful - like the entire St. Alban quarter. I am glad I found this place. It is literally off the beaten path.