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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Europe - Switzerland - Basel -A Day Trip to Basel, Switzerland

From Interlaken, we used our Swiss Rail Pass for a day trip to Basel. The Express Train was 1 hour 45 minutes, there was so much to see along the way – time flew by.

Basel is located on the Rhine River near the borders of France and Germany, it is Switzerland's second-largest city. At the train station, we went to the Visitor's Information Desk – requested a walking map of Basel's main highlights.

Our first stop was The Bank of International Settlements.  Frank read a book called "The Tower of Basel" by Adam Lebor. He was interested in seeing the building.

We walked over the Middle Bridge to the Rheinufer Basel and walked along the waters of the Rhein. There were many towers, buildings, museums, and restaurants to see.

There are many spots where one can sit, have lunch or a snack, and watch all the happenings on the water's edge.

We crossed the Rhein River on the cable ferry from underneath the Basler Pfalz.  It was inexpensive and fun.

Basel Munster Cathedral, made of red sandstone with a multi-covered tile roof dating back to the 13th century.

Rathaus, Marktplatz Square 
This unique City Hall building stands out among the row of buildings at Marktplatz square. The brick-red walls with colorful facades are striking, the decorations were done in the style of Art Nouveau.

The Basel old town is lovely as there are so many small streets where you can turn a corner and see more and more impressive buildings.

The Kunstmuseum Basel is home to one of the largest and oldest public museum collections in Europe.  Admission to the museum is included in your Swiss Pass, free museums. 

A collection of impressionists, from Monet to Van Gogh and Cezanne. The works thereof Picasso, Manet, Chagall, Klee, are seldom seen works. A delightful museum with an outstanding collection and an extensive and pleasant display. Also, the last hour is a "happy hour," so free.

Auguste Rodin's Les Bourgeois de Calais

Walked passed the very unusual Tinguely Museum which had many sculpture's that rattle, shake, or twirl, we did not know what to think about it  –  we only took one picture.
Walking back to the Basel Main Station, there were so many sights to see!

We stopped at a CafĂ© to rest our feet.  2 coffees, 1 pastry = $13.00, Switzerland is pricey.

Near the Basel Main Station, we passed the Union Bank of Switzerland.

We took the 4:30pm train back to Interlaken.  We had an enjoyable and exciting visit to Basel!
I have not been everywhere, but I believe Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world!
March 2014

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