The very beautiful Merian Gärten

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What better way to spend a few hours on a Summer or Autumn day than wandering around the immaculate, beautiful and vast Merian Gärten in Basel.  Villa Merian was gifted to Christoph Merian on his wedding day in 1824 by his father.  The villa was used as Christoph and his wife Margaretha Burckhardt as a summer residence and was gifted to the Christoph Merian Stiftung in 1886.  In 1968 the Christoph Merian Stiftung gave Merian Gärten to Basel City so, we can all say we own a small piece of this amazing house and garden.  

Let’s Celebrate Swiss National Day

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Facebook Instagram Pinterest Twitter Youtube Swiss National Day Swiss National day falls on 1st of August and signifies the formation of the Swiss Confederation of Helvetica in 1891, the dawn of Switzerland as we know it today.  On this national holiday the weather is usually great so, the Swiss tend to celebrate their national day […]

Get lost in the maize labyrinth at Mathis-hof

Mathishof has the most amazing, Enter the labyrinth and wind your way through the maize to find 4 or 5 kids play areas that include slides, swings, trampolines and other fun things to play on. Take the zip line through the maze to cut a corner or wander around until you find the exit. The labyrinth is not so complex that you can get lost but you do need a good 30 mins to 1 hour to enjoy it fully. Be warned, I imagine many children could spend a lot longer than that though!

My guide to swimming in the Rhine

Rhine swimming is on of the best ways to appreciate Basel. To be immersed in the water of the Rhine on a hot summer days is just fabulous, what better way to travel through the heart of Basel!

My four favourite buvettes – the best way to enjoy views of the Rhine

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Enjoy Basel’s warm evenings or sunny afternoons at the numerous buvettes that are spread out along the Rhine. A buvette is a popup, seasonal bar that serves apero nibbles, sandwiches and other fast foods along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.  Perfect for lazy summer afternoons watching the world go by, watching the sunset over the Rhine, resting after a Rhine swim or just hanging out with family and friends.

The Rhine at sunset a sight worth capturing

The Rhine at sunset, Basel

I love walking down to the Rhine at sunset. I really like to end the day stretching my legs, heading down to the Rhine side and watching the sunset over the water. I often take a camera with me on my sunset walks as the light at sunset is just perfect and transitions quickly from blue, to yellow to red then, mauve.