Originally published 26 December 2015
The Basel, Switzerland Tram
We reluctantly left our mountain hotel this morning. We bid the owners adieu and boarded the mountain train for the last time. At three days, it was plenty of time to see everything.....but it was such a wonderful place to leave. We loved Murren.
We do the progression of train changes and finally arrive in Basel. Our train trip was pleasant and we chatted with two fellow travelers along the way. One was a woman from Tokyo who married a man from Switzerland, and the other was a woman from Spain who was hopping from place to place house sitting for people. One got off the train in Bern and the other in Basel, as we did.
We put our packs in a train station locker for the day. We went to put the Swiss coins in the locker only to discover that it will not accept them. While we are technically in Switzerland, the terminal is a DB, or Deutsche Bahn terminal. Since DB is a German company, the lockers only accept euro coins. We don't have any of those. A cashier in a nearby bookstore took pity on me and exchanged the Swiss coins I had for euros.
We wound up in a church and paid 5 francs each to climb the steeple! We figured it would be pretty cut and dried and we would get a decent view of the city. It turns out that we were climbing up the steeple of a church built in the 1400's (yes.....the 1400's, not a typo) that hadn't been modernized much at all. Very narrow passages and stairs, old timbers you actually had to climb over, spiral staircases we had to turn sideways in so our shoulders didn't hit both sides......this fill in activity had turned out to be a real adventure! We really enjoyed it!
Train travel is very civilized. We awake tomorrow in Berlin. I didn't get to post as I had no internet....so we'll post this as well as our first day in Berlin tomorrow night. We continue to zip along through the countryside and cities of Germany, cozy in our little compartment.
Tomorrow, our adventures in the big city!
Basel Switzerland Slide Show
I'm Bill. My wife Laurie and I love to travel and share our stories. We especially love it when we have been able to motivate our readers to start traveling on their own, and making their own stories.
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