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    Dante Schuggi (Aunt Shuggi)

    by Myndo Updated Jun 25, 2004

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    Dante Shuggi

    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.

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    Hauptpost

    by german_eagle Updated Jun 5, 2004

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    Inside the post office building

    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.)

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    St. Alban Vorstadt

    by german_eagle Written Jun 4, 2004

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    St. Alban church

    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.

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    Spalen fountain

    by german_eagle Written Jun 5, 2004

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    Spalen fountain

    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.

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    Strasbourg Monument

    by german_eagle Written Jun 5, 2004

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    Strasbourg Monument

    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.

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    Remains of the city wall

    by german_eagle Written Jun 4, 2004

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    City Wall remains

    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.

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    Andreasplatz

    by german_eagle Written Jun 5, 2004

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    Andreasplatz with Monkey fountain

    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.

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    Wettstein fountain

    by german_eagle Written Jun 5, 2004

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    Wettstein Fountain

    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).

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    Three countries corner: Drei Länder Eck

    by Myndo Updated Sep 10, 2004

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    Dreil��ndereck

    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.

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    Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing

    by german_eagle Written Jun 5, 2004

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    museum buildings

    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

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    St. Alban city gate

    by german_eagle Written Jun 4, 2004

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    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.

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    St. Alban church and cloisters

    by german_eagle Written Jun 4, 2004

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    Romanesque 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.

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    BIZ

    by german_eagle Written Jun 5, 2004

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    BIZ

    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.)

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    St. Theodor church

    by german_eagle Updated Jun 5, 2004

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    St. Theodor

    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.

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    Fountain-Water Tour

    by Myndo Updated Aug 1, 2006

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    Fountain Head on Muensterhill

    Its a guided tour. Takes 1.5 hours
    They only take 25 persons and it may be a little pricey, but interesting.

    You will have a closer look (and explanations) to the fountains in Basel. There are a lot of fountains dating from various periods.

    On the tour from the Fischmarkt to the St. Albantal you also learn about the water supply in old Basel.

    On this site you find information about all the fountains in Basel (only iin German, sorry):
    http://www.brunnenfuehrer.ch/home.htm

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