The Rhine is Life
The Rhine is the true lifeblood of Basel and the city's enduring landmark. As one of the most important trading routes, it has had a huge influence on the development of the city...
The Rhine is the artery carrying the lifeblood of the city, it provides recreation, inspiration and has moulded the history and architecture of the city. In the summer months Basel's inhabitants, students and businessmen flock to the river's banks to sunbathe, promenade and generally let their cares melt away in the sunshine.
Many also indulge in a special leisure activity that brings exceptional enjoyment - a swim in the Rhine. It is often said that the Mediterranean seems very close to the city, and If you mix with Basel's inhabitants you will soon discover why.