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I remember the name of this town from my early childhood, and yet I don’t remember how I came across this name. It is seen as an ugly duckling by tourists visiting Switzerland, and as the ugly duckling it may finally surprise with its beauty. Spalentor, 600-year-old city gate, presented in this photograph, is one of my favourite sights.
The funny thing which I remember from my numerous visits to Basel is that while having even a short ride on a tram my cell phone was switching a couple of times between three different countries.

Basel (German: Basel, pronounced [ˈbaːzəl]; French: Bâle [bɑl]; Italian: Basilea [baziˈlɛːa]; Romansh: Basilea [baziˈlɛːa]; Polish: Bazylea) is Switzerland's third most populous city (166,209 inhabitants in 2008). With 731,000 inhabitants in the tri-national metropolitan area (as of 2004), Basel is Switzerland's third-largest urban area.
Located in northwest Switzerland on the river Rhine, Basel functions as a major industrial centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. The city borders both Germany and France. The Basel region, culturally extending into German Baden-Württemberg and French Alsace, reflects the heritage of its three states in the modern Latin name: "Regio TriRhena". It has the oldest university of the Swiss Confederation (1460).

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