. .
Ad Ad
Famous Posts
Last Comments
Recent Posts
Categories
Tag Cloud

Category: Uncategorized RSS feed for this category

Basel’s Rhine: different from what the rowers remembered

Basel’s Rhine: different from what the rowers remembered

At the 9th Basel Head the participating rowers found a slightly different Rhine than previously. The turn just below the hydro-electric power stations make Basel Head so special By Martin Pütter A rarity, that is what the rowers encountered at this year’s Basel Head. Part of the 6.4 km long course is currently a construction site. The last time a sport event took place on a construction site was probably in 1976, the Summer Olympics in Montreal. Since early September, the building authority of Basel had both massive rocks as breakwaters and tons of gravel placed on the right bank

Read More

Leave a Comment   |  18/11/2018 Sports, Uncategorized

A Journey Back in Time

A Journey Back in Time

A simple walk instead of an elaborate time machine is enough to take a journey into the past. Anyone who steps onto the karst nature trail which leads from the deep Kaltbrunnen valley near Grellingen to the wooded Brislachallmet will arrive at the end of the stone age. By Nicole J. Bettlé The “Karstlehrpfad” (karst nature trail) is a 9.5km long signed hiking trail. It offers an interesting glimpse into the history of early mankind that inhabited in our region over more than twenty thousand years ago. The trail, in its entirety, goes from Zwingen via Brislachallmet to the Kaltbrunnen

Read More

Comments Off   |  19/07/2018 Society, Uncategorized

Bloodshed in the name of justice

Bloodshed in the name of justice

At the Executioner’s Museum in Sissach different worlds meet: cold shivers and fascination are just as much intertwined as the dramatic stories of executioners and the delinquents executed by them. One of the executioners’ axes on display at the executioner’s museum in Sissach By Nicole J. Bettlé Right in the centre of Sissach, next to the Bridge over the Diegter brook, is a quaint former customs house. Those who enter it immediately sink into another world. Just like Alice in Wonderland, its visitors will need a great deal of both curiosity and courage. After all, here they will not be

Read More

Comments Off   |  08/03/2018 Culture, Uncategorized

An Ode to Basel

An Ode to Basel

For expats, the notion of home can be complex and controversial. But once away from Basel they might experience, like TBJ author Ella Revitt, that absence from this city makes the heart grow fonder. Minster, Rhine, Ferris wheel during “Herbstmesse “- those who leave Basel might miss them soon (picture: Martin Pütter). By Ella Revitt Basel’s airport has recently undergone a transformation for me. I used to despise it.  Returning from holiday or a family visit and walking through the empty, grey corridors would leave me dejected, all the excitement of travel had dissolved. I was back to normality, back

Read More

Comments Off   |  22/01/2018 Columns, Uncategorized

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

Comments Off   |  16/11/2017 Sports, Uncategorized

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

Comments Off   |  21/10/2017 Events, Uncategorized
Pages:1234567...13»