Swiss Bliss Day 13 (Part 1)

We have finally arrived on our last day in Switzerland. Well, half a day, as we’re catching the train to Frankfurt in the evening. As with all other train stations in Switzerland, Basel Hauptbahnhof is the main station, with a flurry of trams and buses for you to choose from to head into the city.

Basel is a city bordered by France, Germany and Switzerland.

“Where are we?”

“Basel.”

“Why?”

“Because it’s a really unique city which lies on the borders of France, Switzerland and Germany. They even share a same airport located in France, aptly named the Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport.”

From the church tower. (click to enlarge)

From the church tower. (click to enlarge)

We were there early as we wanted to clear Customs, surprisingly (as of 2013, when I made the tour), Customs is located through the ‘France’ exit door. A weird placement for Customs but there you go, we needed the Customs stamp, anything else is just a slight distraction. We were already thinking about home, sort of.

Anyhow, once we had the Customs part settled (which took an hour) as we had no idea where the Customs booth was, who would have expected to go through the ‘exit’ to find the entrance? We boarded the tram towards Mittlere Brücke (Middle Bridge), here we split off, my parents wanted to have a tour of the Marktplatz instead of going off on an adventure, so we left them there with GC and QS.

“What adventure?”

“We’re going to see the Fähri.”

“Faeries?”

“Just wait and see.”

The Rhine river cuts through the city itself and the Fähri is the adventurous way of crossing this river. By boat, which is pulled along by the river currents while dangling on a steel rope.

Tip: Take the CHF1.60 one way trip across the Rhine at the Basel Münster

Riverfront (click to enlarge)

Riverfront (click to enlarge)

There are only four such crossings here in Basel and the best one is near the Müster, or actually, across from the church itself. For that, we had to walk along the Oberer Rhineweg, which gives us a nice view of the old part of Basel from across the river. They even have a replica built in along the banks for us to identify the structures in front of us.

Little Basel

Little Basel

The Fähri.

The Fähri.

“You can even book a special ‘Fahri’ for a dinner cruise along the river.”

“Interesting.”

I just can’t imagine the same thing back home, although we do have a river of a similar size along the town but the water ain’t as clear as it was in Switzerland, and no one is interested in making such a trip across the dirty river back home.

Blue waters of the Rhine

Blue waters of the Rhine

And as per the theme of this Swiss Bliss trip, we had a tower to climb. Our last one in Switzerland, the towers of Basel Münster. This one costs CHF5 per person (2013).

The Exterior

The Exterior

The Interior

The Interior

We met our parents at the Münster as planned and went ahead towards Marktplatz, it seems that they have missed it on the way to the church. I have no idea how but it was a surprise.

Town Hall

Town Hall

(to be continued)

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