Thursday, January 15, 2015

Photowalk: Basel Old Town

Basel is a rather quiet city and maybe that's one of the reasons why the historical city centre blends so well with modern buildings in newer neighbourhoods. The history of Basel dates back to the days of the Roman Empire when a town began to form right where the Münster or Cathedral lies today. Through the upheavals of history the town continued to grow and bloomed during the late Middle Ages. The area between the Spalentor - one of the few surviving gates of the city walls - the Münster was and still is the heart of the city and it still retains most of its historical charm. 

Tuesday was a sunny day, strangely warm for the middle of January, and I decided it was the kind of perfect day to go out with my camera and take some photos of Basel ol' town. Starting at the Spalentor I followed one alley after another admiring the beautiful details on the old houses and fountains. Coloured windows, frescoed facades and cobbled steep streets led me to the Marktplatzt, the most centric square in Basel with a cute tiny market and the stunning town hall. The elegant vermillion building has dominated the Marktplatzt for centuries and if there were a list of the most beautiful town halls in the world, Basel's own town hall would make it in for sure. After a little detour to take some pics of the Rhein from the Mittlere Brücke, I took another picturesque alley to the Münsterplatzt. With the Rhein river to the left and a long string of well kept old houses to the right, the steep street offers some beautiful sights that probably still resemble Basel a few centuries ago, just like the spacious Münsterplatzt. Up there, the Münster crowns the city with its reddish towers that soar up to the sky.

Basel is definitely a beautiful city and one of those hidden gems in Europe. Calm and small, sometimes it feels as if time here had stood still and nothing had changed in the last 400 or 500 years. truth is, many parts of it probably have but the restoration works have been so carefully and precisely done that most buildings in the old town maintain their good ol' looks and flavour. Just take a look yourself!

Spalentor Basel

Spalentor Basel

Basel

Basel

Basel

Rathaus Basel

Rathaus Basel

Rathaus Basel

Basel

Basel

Muenster Cathedral Basel

Muenster Cathedral Basel

Muenster Cathedral Basel

Basel

Have you ever been to Basel? Or any other underrated place with a picture-perfect city centre?

Have a lovely Thursday!

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