Switzerland: Basel and Surroundings I
The town of Basel lies in northwestern part of Switzerland along the borders with France and Germany. I have visited it twice.
I would like to mention my second visit more in detail. It was more unusual - we came here to support our favorite hockey club competing in „Basel Summer Ice Hockey 2010“. Our team played three matches in four days. Obviously, we wanted to spent free time between matches by exploring Basel and around.
Our group of about 15 fans arrived at place and accommodated ourselves in two hostel rooms in the center of the city. The hostel had been newly renovated, everything was clean and modern. Staying there meant that we didn’t have any privacy. You stumble over all kinds of things (in our case these were our fan gear and beer). But you soon forget lack of comfort. Being with a group of friends, sharing a kitchen and dinning room with various people had one great advantage – we had a free public transportation ticket that was valid during stay. So we could travel without problems not only between hostel and hockey stadium but also around all the city.
St Jakob Arena is home arena of EHC Basel club and place where the tournament took place was right next to St. Jakob Park, the largest soccer stadium in Switzerland. It is a home stadium of FC Basel that plays in the highest football competitions. We had a chance to visit both stadiums and also near fanshop.
One of main tourist sights in the city is Basel Minster. If you take a guided tour you can get to one of towers. There is a really beautiful view of the city center and the Rhine and on both banks. The city lies on the. Inside the cathedral there is also a memorial of Desiderius Erasmus , Dutch theologian.
Near Market Square there is a town-hall built in the 16th century. It is decorated with frescos inside and outside. During our visit there was a renovation of outside façade, so we couldn’t see it whole.
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Text/photo: Pavlína Rouhová
Swiss Zurich is not only a very cosmopolitan city where everyone feels really like at home, but also an area that the history can touch you very intensively. This is true despite the fact that most sites you can see not in one day, but few hours. Despite this the people remains on their memory, which are hardly deletes from the head.
Today, we take a look at Zurich from bird's eye for we make a hike onto Üetliberg hill which belongs to the Albis mountains. The main train station in the town will be our point of start. Here we get on a train and take ride to the hill.
Several kilometers southwest of Zurich (ca 30) there is the sixth largest Swiss city of Winterhur. Heavily based on service and technology economy, the city inspired us to visit it.
Switzerland's largest city – Zurich – offers many beautiful places to make walks to and to spend free tim at. ZOO Zurich is one of such places. It houses over 375 animals species.
Last time, we made a brief note on the fact that Geneva is home to many international organizations and that there is the Palace of the Nations, the UN headquarters.
We remain in Europe this time. Our goal is Geneva which is nicknamed the capital of peace. Geneva is the second largest city after Zurich. It is known as the home of many international organizations (WHO, CERN, OSN etc.). One of its major landmarks is the famous Palace of the Nations (Palais des Nations). We will talk about it next time.
In the heart of Switzerland, in Bernese Oberland is a beautiful valley of Haslital, the colors of which are completed with multifaceted environment of mountains. Together, in the following lines we set out exploring this sought after tourist valley.
Basel is also a town of many museums. The most known is the Kunstmuseum (the Museum of Art). I love to remember walks on riverbank of the Rhine. Especially, after sundown we watched bridges, Minster monastery and other buildings in the city-center.
Today we make a beautiful family trip to enjoy some fantastic hiking. We will visit the amazing alpine resort of Stoos rising above Lake Lucerne.
The capital of the Canton of Lucerne, a city that already in the middle-ages used to be called a city of bridges. Today it has the same nickname. Everything stayed same. During your first walk through the city it will come to your mind that the citizens have sufficient amount of bridges. Maybe you will think that this is the most beautiful city you have ever seen.
We arrived in a great style – in a carriage - at a Benedictine monastery, in Titlis Valley, that stands there since 1120 stands there since. On a carriage there was a young Czech woman that tries to earn some money in Switzerland.
Engelberg, Angel’s Peak, is a cozy alpine town located right in the center of Switzerland, in the Canton of Obwalden. Switzerland has 25 more cantons, or rather regions, that are autonomous.
Zurich means for tourists primarily city of Limmat River and slightly high, but more beautiful historic centre. But for the Swiss is primarily of financial capital across the country. If Zurich fell down, and would fell the all Swiss economy, almost as famous as their watches.
An equivalent for Swiss Verkerhaus could be perhaps the National Technical Museum in Prague but it is no competition for the larges museum of traffic in Europe that is located in Lucerne.
So here she is, Lady Winter. The temperature is around 0 degrees Celsius, you can find snow even in lower attitudes, and on roads are snowdrifts. These things occur every single year. If you hadn’t thought where to spend your winter vacation yet, maybe toady you will search for some interesting ski vacation in the Alps.
If you decide, visiting Switzerland, to travel to Jungfrau Peak, so, would you take in mind that you need favourable weather conditions and enough time for your trip. Let´s start our journey with Swiss Railways to the highest placed railway station of the Europe!
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