A morning walking tour in Basel was the last stop before leaving our ship the next day. As it was a Sunday, all the shops were closed and it was relatively quiet on the side streets until one arrived at the market square which was alive with a race going on (very 21st century!) This Swiss city is quite lovely with a history of more than 2,000 years reflected in its narrow streets, squares, 180 fountains, and centuries-old buildings. Compare this to the modern headquarters of pharmaceutical companies and tech firms seen across the river when driving on the bridge into the beautifully preserved old town. Clearly, Basel is a city with respect and reverence for its past and an equal respect and reverence for its future.
The cathedral with its red sandstone walls, colorful roof tiles, and twin towers is the most famous landmark of Basel.
A feast for the eyes...
Rathaus (City Hall)
A vibrant red adorned with frescoes and a distinct tower
During the week, fresh vegetables, fruit, and flowers are sold.
Pharmaceutical companies, tech firms, and assorted businesses
make for a contrast to the romance of Old Town.