I've been adding lots of content here, please let me know if you have any comments --User: kenliu
SWISS PRETZELS ARE DELICIOUS AND YOU CAN PROBABLY GET THEM IN BASEL!!!
I THINK BASEL IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CITIES IN THE SWITZERVILLE LAND. I KNOW LUCERNE AND ZURICH AND POSSIBLY BERN ARE ALL LARGER BUT BASEL IS PROBABLY THE 4TH BIGGEST. THE CITY RECEIVES 8.7 (OUT OF 10) GOLDEN STARS IN ACCORDANCE OF THE SWISS CODE OF REGULATIONS OF CITY RATINGS (BASED ON THE "GOLD STAR-AWARDING SYSTEM", IN EFFECT SINCE 1991). AND THEY HAVE SOME OF THE BEST CHOCOLATES IN THE ENTIRE CONTINENT OF EUROPE AS WELL AS THE MIDWEST HEMISPHERE AND EVEN THE WORLD!!!! CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEVING, SWITZERVILLE IS NOT IN THE ALPS. BUT IT IS EXTREMELY CLOSE AND IT IS A COMMON PHRASE TO SAY: "SWITZERVILLE IS IN THE ALPS, LARRY", FOR EXAMPLE. IT WAS RECENTLY DISCOVERED THAT I MIGHT HAVE DONE A GEOGRAPHY PROJECT ON THE SWITZERVILLE IN THE 4TH GRADE, BUT IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN AUSTRIA, WHICH IS BASICALLY THE SAME THING. FACT: THE HERB 'BASIL' IS NAMED AFTER THE CITY. SWITZERVILLE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1974. FIN.
Minor edit to tipping section - tipping is not mandatory, but appreciated for good service. -- User: freshi
Added significant content to the Fasnacht section in Events and Festivals, since this is one of Basel's main events during the year, attracting large numbers of tourists. User: freshi. 04:37, 23 March 2006 (EST). Some help with formatting this section would be appreciated.
The Stay Safe section strikes me as unduly long for a city such as Basel, which, as other editors acknowledge, has so few safety problems. Freshi 15:55, 14 November 2006 (EST)
Great article. Minor linguistic edits, hope nobody objects. I have retranslated "Grossbasel" and "Kleinbasel" as "Great Basel" and "Little Basel". I know many sources user "Greater" and "Smaller" (or "Lesser"), but "Great" and "Little" are common prefixes for pairs of places in England, and sound better to (this) native English speaker and Basel resident. Removed one US-centric reference, but I left other spelling and phraseology US-style. 220.127.116.11 03:04, 13 December 2006 (EST)
The smiley lantern photo is not copyright protected, so please don't remove it. Its source is the same as most other Fasnacht photos, another Wiki user. Freshi 12:00, 9 March 2007 (EST)
"Of late Basel has become known as the Manchester of Switzerland, this is due to several comparisons with the UK City. This includes, amongst others, the weather, the multi-cultural make-up, the wide variety of shopping and eating establishments and the surrounding geography."
This doesn't sound right.
If I had to compare it to a British city, it would be a larger version of Durham, because:
a Basel resident - 27/7/07
Map of Basel
Suggesting edit to "Get in / By train"
Zurich may be the primary city in Switzerland by some aspects, but the capital is Bern. And what concerns 'primary city', even that's questionable; on a truly global level, Geneva may be more recognized and important than Zürich, even if it's smaller. I am sure people from L.A. would not necessarily agree with the claim that NYC is the primary city in the US - or vice versa. I would think it best to leave out any mentioning of "capital", "primary city" etc. here, as it seems insignificant for travel and railroads. -- Cybernoulli 08:59, 17 November 2012 (EST)