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Castle romanticism in the Basel area (3): Pfeffingen

Castle romanticism in the Basel area (3): Pfeffingen

Not only are the ruins of Pfeffingen castle the largest of their kind in Basel,but,  towering on the Blauen spur, they are also a feast for the eyes. By Nicole J. Bettlé Coming from the north, just before you reach the ruins of Pfeffingen castle When it became too dangerous for visitors, the ruins of Pfeffingen castle were closed to the public – now they are open for free visits again. Since 2013, with a budget of around CHF 7m, they have been comprehensively renovated. Finally, in the middle of August 2017, the works came to a close. At last

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Leave a Comment   |  29/11/2017 Society, Uncategorized

Thanks to rowers the Rhine was alive with the sound of swearing

Thanks to rowers the Rhine was alive with the sound of swearing

Emotions can run high when rowers race on the Rhine, as they proved during Basel Head last Saturday. By Martin Pütter On Saturday the Rhine was firmly in the hands of the rowers, even during training in the morning Saturday, 18 November 2017, 1:58pm, Wettsteinbrücke, Basel: a cormorant has enough. The catch along the left bank of the Rhine has been insufficient to satisfy its hunger. So the bird decides to switch sides and flies to the right bank, landing just above the pier for the Münster ferry. It is a bad choice, as the cormorant is about to find

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Leave a Comment   |  19/11/2017 Sports, Uncategorized

Yet another record at Basel’s rowing regatta

Yet another record at Basel’s rowing regatta

The organisers of Basel Head once again prove that, when it comes to sport, Basel has more to show with this rowing race than a bunch of mildly successful round ball kickers – especially as Basel Head (again) announced a new record. By Martin Pütter Basel Head 2016: catch us if you can, the boat in the foreground seems to say to the chasing boat Basel Head is quite rightly allowed to use a superlative: “It is the largest VIIIs race in German-speaking countries”, the organiser of this unique against-the-clock race have stated on their website. It is really impressive what

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Castle romanticism in the Basel area (2): Landskron

Castle romanticism in the Basel area (2): Landskron

The history of the ruin of the Landskron castle in the French Leymen valley almost reads like a historical thriller – even a troop of monkeys once roamed these ruins. By Nicole J. Bettlé The Landskron castle Situated along today’s border between France and Switzerland, the Landskron was a disputed object between major ruling powers right from its construction. Even Emperor Maximilian I and Napoleon Bonaparte, two of the most eminent rulers of European history, set their foot on the castle hill between Leymen and Flüh (canton of Solothurn). However, it was not just them and many other aristocratic families

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Comments Off   |  06/11/2017 Society, Uncategorized

Books with Basilisks for the Bairns

Books with Basilisks for the Bairns

Basel is also a city full of stories and characters that children will like – two books that have been published this year are proof of this. And even their parents, whether they are locals or expats, will be able to learn something new about this city. By Martin Pütter Basilisks appear in Basel in many places. They grace fountains, stand on plinths and can be found decorating churches, and even a local radio station has been named after them – Basel and basilisks are inseparable. Now this mythical creature has also appeared in two recently published children’s books: “Basel’s

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Comments Off   |  27/10/2017 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Basel plays host to Swiss craft beer scene

Basel plays host to Swiss craft beer scene

On 28 October 2017 Volta Bräu plays host to members of the Swiss craft beer scene in the “Wortspiele Beer Festival”. Next to two local heroes, small breweries from various parts of Switzerland will be pouring beers brewed exclusively for this event. By Christian Jauslin As is well known, beer takes centre stage during the month of October. Just think about the famous “Oktoberfest” on the Wies’n in Munich, or Cannstatt’s “Volksfest” on the Wasen near Stuttgart. However, the beer festival taking place at Volta Bräu in Basel on 28 October differs fundamentally from these two events. On the Wies’n

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Comments Off   |  21/10/2017 Events, Uncategorized

Integration in Switzerland – a difficult undertaking?

Integration in Switzerland – a difficult undertaking?

Recently the online platform InterNations published the latest survey of the “Ease of Settling In Index” (2017). This time Switzerland finished 61st out of 65, the fourth time in a row the country came very close to winning the wooden spoon. The reason: the Swiss are seen as needing to do better with their social interactions. A comment by Nicole J. Bettlé Surrounded by the Swiss, but mostly amongst themselves: that’s how many expats feel in Switzerland Once again the Expats Index survey has revealed the major social dissatisfaction among expats in Switzerland. But can you make friends by moaning

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Comments Off   |  16/10/2017 Columns, Uncategorized

Wet archive of fortune

Wet archive of fortune

The Museum for History at Barfüsserplatz has come up with a new exhibition that is most certainly worth a visit. On display since the end of September are objects – ancient and modern – that had been hidden in the depths of Basel’s rivers. By Nicole J. Bettlé Among the exhibits of “Resurfaced”: Jewellery that had found its way into the Rhine, often for different reasons For the first time, the Historical Museum is showing a collection of objects found in the waters in and around Basel. Scouring the Rhine, the Birs, the Birsig or the Wiese brought several tons

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Comments Off   |  08/10/2017 Culture, Uncategorized

Culinary treats for a multicultural community

Culinary treats for a multicultural community

Local and international culinary treats beckon when Dreiland News hold a Gourmet Night at the Forum in St-Louis to bring communities across the borders together. By Martin Pütter Some of treats on offer at the Dreiland Night Gourmet Edition: oysters, wines and cheeses Samuel Baumann is adamant. “We have a unique lifestyle here in Dreiland, with the chance of being able to enjoy the best of all three countries”, says the co-founder of Dreiland News, a still young, but unique communications project across borders. Dreiland, that includes Alsace in France, Baden in Germany and the Basel area in Switzerland. Many

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Castle romanticism in the Basel area (1): Wartenberg

Castle romanticism in the Basel area (1): Wartenberg

The Basel area is one of the richest in Europe when it comes to castles. More than a hundred castles and forts sprang up between the 11th and the 14th century. Visiting the Wartenberg is particularly recommended. In total, three castles invite you to look and linger in the area. The Wartenberg castles (from left to right): the towers of the rear and the middle castle – and one of the remaining walls of the front castle. By Nicole J. Bettlé The Wartenberg in Muttenz has always been – and still is – an important viewpoint. Archaeological findings prove that

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