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This article was the Collaboration of the week between 9 April 2008 and 15 April 2008.

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!!![edit]

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.

JoB  
Hi JoB! Thanks for this. To clarify on the size of Swiss cities: Zurich is by far the largest (pop. ~350'000), followed by the about half-sized Geneva and Basel (~ pop. 170'000), which are of rather equal size - Geneva having outranked Basel and pushed it to third position during the last two decades. Bern and Lausanne are slightly smaller but still major cities (> 100'000), ranking fourth and fifth, while Winterthur, Lucerne, Lugano and others are smaller (=< 100'000). On that note, it is worth mentioning that in Switzerland, the actual city areas are defined much smaller than the metropolitan areas they center (>1 Mio for Zurich, – 700'000 for Basel and Geneva), as Swiss cities never (or only moderately) incorporated surrounding areas and are politically confined to their pre-industrial borders. Hence the discrepancy in perception: Clearly a city like Zurich would be perceived not only more important but also larger than, say, Karlsruhe in Germany, although it has about the same size on paper. -- Cybernoulli 08:44, 17 November 2012 (EST),

Minor edit to tipping section - tipping is not mandatory, but appreciated for good service. -- User: freshi

Hi freshi! Thanks for the work you've been doing on Basil, I really appreciate it personally because I travel to Basil a couple of times a year to go to a museum or on the way to Germany or Alsace.
Anyhow, sorry to but in here, but I'd just like to point out that it's probably a good idea to sign in when making comments on the talk pages, for a couple of reason. Mainly it's so that people will know you're you (signing in requires a password). Also so that you can sign your posts more easily using -- ~~~~, which does this: -- Mark 03:12, 23 March 2006 (EST)

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. 80.238.139.18 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)

Manchester comparison[edit]

"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.

  • Manchester has a reputation as being the wettest city in the UK, Basel has a dry microclimate, and is a lot warmer.
  • Manchester is "dark satanic mills" (I admit that is an out-of-date cliché), Basel is called "Chemiestadt am Rhein", but the "Chemie" is on the outskirts and is mostly pharmaceutical, i.e. clean.
  • Manchester centre is mostly Victorian, Basel is an older city, with a very "central European" feel as you walk around; and, unlike most other central European cities, it escaped destruction in the wars of the 20th century.

If I had to compare it to a British city, it would be a larger version of Durham, because:

  • It has a lovely virtually untouched centre.
  • It has a cathedral overlooking a big bend in a river.
  • It is a working town, not just primarily a tourist centre, but the industry is outside the city centre.
  • It is surrounded by some lovely countryside.

a Basel resident - 27/7/07

Please feel free to plunge forward and change the guide so that it becomes more accurate -- Tim (writeme!) 09:18, 15 August 2007 (EDT)


Map of Basel[edit]

Removed from the article: A very practical interactive map of Basel, including the stops of the tram and bus lines and a search function, can be found here: [1]. Texugo 00:17, 23 April 2008 (EDT)

Suggesting edit to "Get in / By train"[edit]

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)

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