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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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Comments Off   |  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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Comments Off   |  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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