Merry Christmas 2014After a year filled with wonderful travels to destinations near and far, we feel blessed to spend Christmas at home, in the quiet (and with fingers crossed for a snow flurry or two before the holiday is done).

The holiday season in Basel brings several other great traditions as our calendars flip to a new year. The Basler Wunschbuch (Basel Wish Book), in the courtyard of the Town Hall, will be open for wishes and signatures until 6 January. Buglers on the balcony of the Minster will serenade the crowd gathered in Munsterplaz, before fireworks over the Rhine welcome 2015. And on 1 January, in an only-in-Basel event, wine will flow from the fountain at the foot of the Cathedral Hill.

Signing Basel’s Wish Book is a long-standing Christmas tradition.
Basel welcomes the new year with fireworks over the Rhine.
Once a year, on New Year’s Day, Baselers queue at the foot of the cathedral hill in Basel for a cup of wine, dispensed from a city fountain.

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As we count our blessings, we send a big thank-you to our readers. We will see you in the new year. In the meantime, you can find us on Facebook (Tom, Anita) and Instagram (Tom, Anita). Please stop by and say hello!




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