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Located near River Rhine, this small city of Basel is beautiful with a rich culture and priceless heritage. An art lover's delight, it boasts of numerous galleries which house works of some of the greatest artists and museums that are a testament to Basel's enchanting history. Adding to the scene, are various fests and events with 'Fasnacht' being the most awaited one. Budget accommodations, quaint dining spots, eclectic clubs, gourmet stores and splendid boutiques add to the interesting picture.
Weisses und Blaues Haus or White and Blue House are one of the most visited tourist spots in Basel. Built way back in the 18th century, these house were decorated in white and blue and so earned their respective names. Two silk merchants Lukas and Jakob Sarasin were the owners when these houses were first built. Today they are home to the Department of Economics, Social and Environment.
Unternehmen Mitte Basel is a cafe and event venue located in an renovated industrial building which used to be a bank. The coffee house not only serves as a trendy venue to meet up with friends after work, but also organizes special courses in the art of coffee-making. Several yoga and meditation events as well as talks on topics pertaining to the corporate sector are organized at Unternehmen Mitte Basel. The place also has a number of rooms which can be rented for events and parties.
The Mittlere Brücke, or the Middle Bridge, has come to be an iconic symbol of the city of Basel. The bridge is one of the oldest to span the river Rhine, and is a splendid example of historic architecture and urban design. Although believed to have been built in 1226, the origins of the bridge have been lost in time and its exact date of construction is unknown. Over time, the Mittlere Brücke grew in prominence as an important crossing point for local trade, and later for international trade. In 1905, a new bridge was constructed to replace the historic Mittlere Brücke, although the old bridge still stands as a symbol of the city. For a time, convicts were executed by drowning at the bridge, and a reconstruction of the original Käppelijoch and bridge chapel can be found here today. Several sculptures and public art work can be found around the bridge including Carl Burckhardt's unfinished Amazone, and Ludwig Stocker's Lagerstätte near the first pillar on the Kleinbasel side.
For years the Leonhardskirche was the church beside the Lohnhof prison. Since the closure of the prison in 1995 and its subsequent conversion into flats and hotel/restaurant, better times seem arrived. The church itself is part of the fortifications. You can get a wonderful view of the upper part of the building from Barfüsserplatz, from where you can also see the best side of medieval Basel. The crypt is from the 11th Century, but the cloistered church was built in the 14th and 15th Centuries, and so is called late gothic.