Remains of the city wall
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.
St. Alban church and cloisters
In the heart of St. Alban there is an old church of the same name (in need of restoration), reconstructed 1845, the interior renovated 1911.
Adjacent you find the former convent buildings - now apartments - and remains of the oldest (Romanesque style) cloisters of Switzerland. Right by the church and the cloisters chestnut trees on the former cemetery, now a short alley.
As you can see on the picture you can have a glimpse of the Romanesque cloisters - the scene is just picturesque and peaceful.
- Religious Travel
St. Alban city gate
The St. Alban city gate was built in the 13th century. In the 14th century it was enlarged. The wooden ceiling is remained.
In 1871 the gate was restored and at the Eastern side a house for the guards was added. In 1976 it was again restored.
There is a beautiful small park in front of the city gate, the trees were set in the middle of the 19th century.
St. Alban Vorstadt
Very enjoyable and a nice break from the bustling city is a walk through the southern "suburb" St. Alban Vorstadt. It is very picturesque, large parts remained their small town ambience.
The street of the same name starts right at the Wettstein bridge (or the Kunstmuseum). Walk this street and have a look at the many beautiful houses, many of them in Baroque or classical style. A staircase leads down to St. Alban church, the St. Alban city gate marks the end of the street.
See my next tips as well.
A city of contrasts
In 1356 most of the Basel tumbled into dust and ashes in a massive earthquake. With fortitude and faith, Basel's citizens rebuilt what has become the fascinating and lively Old Town we see today.
Base is faithful to this legacy and yet embraces the best of what is new. Buildings by leading international architects stimulate discussion while providing an exciting contrast to medieval buildings.
Basel is also a city where young people have ample scope for development while still preserving traditions in age-old guilds and societies.
- Spa and Resort
The Langes Erlen Park. Get...
The Langes Erlen Park. Get the number 8 tram, direction Kleinhuningen, to the end of the line. Turn right as you get off the tram and walk along the little river (the Wiessen) for about 10 minutes. You will find yourself in a park that runs a long this little river all the way up the German boarder. If you keep going for long enough you will find yourself in Lorrach. This place is perfect for blades and skates, sunbathing in the summer, wandering through the trees on an autumn day, and generally getting peace and quiet. Just by the entrance is a small zoo, with a variety of animals, mainly those related to deers in some way.
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.
If you are in summertime in...
If you are in summertime in Basel, don't miss to do this one thing: Spend a whole evening at the river Rhein. Just sit there and enjoy the most beautiful place in Basel.
On the right bank of the Rhein there's a beautiful promenade along the river, with stairs down to the water to sit. Go there, watch the sun going down over the houses on the other side. Be there early in the evening, take something to drink or eat along and see the night coming over Basel... The illuminated bridges, the dark silhouettes of the city and the river running by is a wonderful experience at night times!
Don't hesitate to go swimming there at night time (or of course any other time). The water is warm - not polluted! - and it's a really nice feeling to go downstream through the town Basel...
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)