For me, Basel is a city full of stories.
Helen Liebendörfer, an enthusiastic city tour guide, author of history books and holder of an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel, knows Basel’s stories like few others. “There is so much exciting information to discover here that my love for the city has grown over the years”, she says. She takes us to City Hall, the market women at Marktplatz and the Pfalz terrace, where she particularly likes to evoke days gone by.
Basel can look back on more than 2,000 exciting years of history. Erasmus, Paracelsus and Nietzsche are scholars who visited Basel during their life, lived here and exerted a lasting influence on the city that can still be felt today. Once a centre of humanism and printing, Basel now has an old town that is one of the most intact and most beautiful in Europe and also has the world’s oldest public art collection, which comprises an array of works dating back to the Middle Ages.
Our video shows you the corners and alleys that make the hearts of even dyed-in-the-wool Basel residents beat faster. Off we go: over the Mittlere Brücke, about which Liebendörfer has an anecdote to relate, past the 14th-century Spalentor (city gate) and through the city centre, where tradition and modernity meet – follow the historian through her Basel, in the footsteps of history.