Living in Basel

Posted on 18 February 2007 by ThomasP

Basel is the third-largest city in Switzerland. It is located on the Rhine just at the intersection of the French and German borders. Basel is the capital of ‘Basel-Stadt.’ and borders the French Vosges, the Swiss Jura Mountains and the Black Forest of Germany. The two parts of Basel are connected by numerous bridges, as well as several ferries. The Mittlere brucke stands on the spot where the first bridge across the Rhine was built in 1225.

view of mittlere brucke basel switzerland

the marktplatz in Basel Switzerland

Basel is home to pharmaceutical fortunes Novartis and Roche which both have their headquarters there; the city has many job opportunities, as well as wide cultural offerings, restaurants and night spots. The job market in Basel pulls a substantial amount of labor from neighboring France and Germany where unemployment is much higher. The photograph below shows the Marktplatz (the 16th century red Rathaus is behind the photographer), one can see the Universal Job recruitment agency in the building on the right, and the famous Schiessel Tea Room and Pastry Shop on the left. Adecco and other well-known agencies also have offices in the city.

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