The bright lights of Basel's main railway station. (BLT.ch) swissinfo.ch
Passing the city’s zoo, you arrive at the moated Castle of Bottmingen. We’ve left canton Basel City and are now in Basel Country. (imagepoint.ch) swissinfo.ch
Pilgrims and tourists alike often leave the tram at Flüh and make the short journey on foot or by bus to the Benedictine Monastery of Mariastein. After Einsiedeln, it is the second most important place of pilgrimage in Switzerland. (wikimedia commons) swissinfo.ch
The tram has now entered French territory and this is the village of Leymen, where the city seems far away. (Keystone/Martin Ruetschi) Keystone
A walk down the hill from the Leymen tram stop and you find the restaurant, La Couronne d’Or. (swissinfo.ch/Rob Brookes) swissinfo.ch
The patron in the Couronne d’Or is Swiss Urs Rusterholz, who is pictured here with a silent partner.(swissinfo/Rob Brookes) swissinfo.ch
The terminus tram stop in the village of Rodersdorf. Let’s go in the opposite direction of the line now from the city of Basel again. (swissinfo.ch/Rob Brookes) Keystone
Famed local and international Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron stamped their imprint on what’s known as the “Copper Tower”, which houses the control operations of the Swiss Federal Railways in the region. (swiss-image) swissinfo.ch
We travel on to Münchenstein, where Herzog and de Meuron also designed the Schaulager, an art museum, storage facility and research centre all in one. (Keystone/Markus Stuecklin) Keystone
Our next stop is Arlesheim, where you can visit the Ermitage – the largest English landscape garden in Switzerland. (commons wikimedia) swissinfo.ch
On to our final stop in the village of Dornach. Just a short walk away is the impressive Goetheanum, centre of the worldwide Anthroposophical Society. There’s a lot to take in on an hour’s tram ride. (wikipedia) swissinfo.ch
It's a daily routine for Basel commuters but visitors are in for a surprise.
This content was published on December 11, 2009 - 17:23
The distinctive red and yellow tram takes us on a journey over 25.9 kilometre through the city of Basel and the surrounding countryside, crossing into France, on a one-hour trip that starts and ends in canton Solothurn.
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