|The ICE trains provide comfortable, high speed connections across much of Western Europe.|
|We can't afford First Class air travel, but with a "Seniors" Eurail Pass the extra |
convenience of First Class doesn't cost much more than the second class ticket.
|St Jakob's Church|
|New city, new architectural style, although the window shutters have a certain|
"Swiss look" about them. These dwellings have a fine view across the river.
|Our first view of the impressive Basel Munster on a slight rise in the river banks.|
|St George finishes off the dragon beside the main entrance to the Munster|
|The buildings around the Platz ("place" or "square") beside the Munster|
have been largely unchanged for hundreds of years..
|Decorative details above the main door|
|No mistaking what this sign indicates.|
There was no corresponding sign to indicate a women's toilet.
|Another fine red building - the old "Rathaus" (town hall)|
which is still in use and attracting visitors.
|A traditional Basel bakery with many delicious|
products on display in the window (below).
As a bonus you see buildings reflected in the window.
|Buildings in a small courtyard off a lane off a winding street;|
we had a light lunch in a small cafe on the right of the square.
|Several of the old buildings have frescoes, now fading after centuries of exposure.|
|Store window decorated for Christmas|
|Christmas decorations in a store window|
|A public water fountain in a frescoed alcove|
|The "Spalentor", the largest and most impressive of the|
three remaining gates of the old walls of Basel.
|The view of the Spalentor from "outside" the|
no longer existent city walls of Basel.
|We have seen this type of Christmas decoration at several|
cities (mainly in Germany). I guess that they were
originally turned by wind catching the vanes on top.
Our short stop-over en route to La Neuveville in Switzerland was enjoyable but all too short to do this beautiful and interesting town justice.
Next stop - Switzerland.
Paul & Judy