Basel Journals

A Little Taste of Switzerland, Germany, and Italy

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A May 2011 trip to Basel by Wildcat Dianne

Basel Rathaus-Town Hall Photo, Basel, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: My final day in Europe in 2011 found me taking a little day trip to the city of Basel, Switzerland, a city not lacking in culture or chocolate!

The Tale of the Columbi

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Columbo di Verona Photo, Biella, Piedmont
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When I stayed with my friend Monica near Biella, Italy, I got to sample some great Northern Italian food including the staples of pizza and pastas. But the funniest and most interesting part of this traveler's first time trip to Italy was sampling an Easter treat called the Columbi.The first time I had the Columbi, it was at Ristorante Ioris on Easter Sunday. After a gazillion courses of great food, I was ready to surrender to the food gods but I remembered my late beloved Nana always saying, "I always leave room for dessert!" Knowing I would need to be taken out of the restaurant in a wheel barrow I anyway put any ideas of diet to death and indulged. The Columbi is an Easter one-la...Read More

A Quick Pit Stop in Breisach, Germany

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Breisach, Germany Photo, Breisach, Germany
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On the way to Colmar and Strasbourg by train, we had to stop in Breisach, Germany to take the bus into France. Why do you ask, "how come you didn't take the train all the way into France instead of having to take the train then the bus to France?" History is responsible for the reason why one has to travel from Freiburg, Germany to France this way, and it will be explained later on in this journal entry.Breisach is a small town of about 16,500 people in the Baden-Wurtemburg region of Germany. In the old days it was known as Altbreisach, but now it is formally known as Breisach-an-der-Rhine since it is located on the Rhine River. Breisach dates from Celtic times when it was run by Ce...Read More

Basel, Switzerland: Ancient and Current

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Photo of Basel, Switzerland
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My last day in Europe in 2011 culminated with a day trip to Basel, Switzerland, the third largest city in that little mountain country and is located at the French, German and Swiss borders. It was the only place I visited during my short visit to Switzerland, but I can say "I've been there, done that!" and got my Swiss flag for my collection to prove it.Basel is a city that dates from Ancient Roman times, but archeologists have discovered evidence that the Celtics had lived there at one time before the Romans arrived in the area. When the Romans came to the Basel area around 374 AD, they named their newest settlement Augusta Raurica and they had built a castle where the Basel Munster...Read More

Basel Munster

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Attraction | "Another Cathedral Visited. Why Not!?"

Basel Munster Photo, Basel, Switzerland
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You would think I would have been churched out by the end of my trip to Europe after seeing all of those churches along the way. I saw the Sankt Jakobkirche in Dachau, then the Santauro di Oropa in Italy followed by a few tiny churches while I was there. Then there was the Grotekerk in Vianen, the Netherlands followed by the Munster in Freiburg and then the back breakingly beautiful Notre Dame de Strasbourg. But by the end of the trip, one more church visit wasn't going to hurt me. I could remember my Uncle Dave joking about how the churches I visited the last churches I visited the last time I was in Europe in 2002 are still standing after I visited them since we are a family who doesn't go to ch...Read More

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Basel Munster
Münsterplatz
Basel, Switzerland

Basel Rathaus-Town Hall

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Attraction | "A Sight with Colors that Inspire"

Basel Rathaus-Town Hall Photo, Basel, Switzerland
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My day trip to Basel, Switzerland was a short one but I managed to see many sights along the way. One of the sights that intrigued me was the Rathaus or Town Hall of Basel. This originally 14th Century place was and still is a place where the city government of Basel met and still conducts the business of this quaint city on the German border.As I mentioned above, the Rathaus of Basel was originally constructed in the 14th Century away from where the Prince Bishop of Basel ruled from on Cathedral Hill. Basel Rathaus was built in the Marktplatz or Market Square. The Prince Bishop still tried to rule Basel and the Guilds Craftsmen who did business in the Rathaus for about 100 more yea...Read More

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Basel Rathaus-Town Hall
Market Square
Basel, Switzerland