Tour Guide

Welcome to Basel, Switzerland.  This city is small, but packs a big punch in the way of culture, events, green space, restaurants and much more.  Here is a round – up of photos that capture why we love our city.  Enjoy!

This post is part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide


The Miles Beneath Our Feet

Alpine Trails

Last year, as we gathered around the kitchen table, drafting our goals for the year,  we collectively decided we would track all of our hikes and those kilometers/miles we covered for one full year.  After that year of tracking, here is what we were able to achieve.

Before we dive into the stats, I must fully disclose that I set my goals a bit too high.  I initially wanted to cover 500 kilometers (sigh), however, after all the influences of daily life (work, travel, sick children, ruptured ACL’s, we realized this would not be possible).  I am, nonetheless, proud of my tribe for what they were able to achieve, especially for having small legs!

Number of hikes we participated in as an entire family.  This did not include hikes we took alone (as adults), solo, or with just three of us.  Our rule was simple, to track a hike, we must all four be present.  47 hikes

Number of kilometers covered:  277.7

Method of tracking:  Mapmyride and Robert’s iPhone

Longest single hike:  12.33 kilometers

Locations:  All of our hikes took place in Baselland and the Alps, except for one.

Hiking with Children:

For those interested in learning more about hiking routes, tips and tricks for getting out the door with small children and the best places to hike as a family, keep More2Explore on your radar (or simply follow our blog), as we will be publishing a hiking book/zine in the near future.

Here’s to fresh air, incredible hikes and unforgettable family time!


Emergency Medical Care – Basel


So, here is the scenario.  Christmas morning you wake anxious to greet the the day that has been in the works for months now,  your children are eagerly bouncing off the walls and you find your husband sick, that is, sicker than a dog.

Your family Dr. is obviously not available and the sheer thought of the taking him to the hospital, ripe with germs, and a plethora of crazed people, wraps you in the arms of panic; surely there has to be a better way.

There is, we assure you.  Medix is a walk – in clinic that services all medical problems, including urgent care 365 days of the year from 7:00 – 10:00pm.  The clinic is located just across from the Basel train station, which was clean, and extremely efficient.  We walked in, filled out the necessary forms and within 20 minutes, we were seen by a Dr. on staff.  Note of warning, you will need to pay for your medical services immediately after being seen by the Dr., so be sure to pack your wallet with a way to pay for such services.


Centralbahnstrasse 3 – 4051 Basel – +41 (0) 61 500 11 00 –


Banhof Apotheke Drogerie – 365 Days – 4051 Basel – 061 283 3065


Did You Know?


Today, while purchasing our Christmas tree in the neighborhood I asked the simple question, “Von welche Wald Kommt dieser Weihnachtsbaum?” I was expecting to hear a local forest, or from somewhere in Switzerland, however, that wasn’t the case.

The answer took us all by surprise.  According to our tree salesman, 80% of all Christmas trees in Switzerland (or was that all of Europe too) are imported from Denmark.  What? That is more than 1,200 kilometers from home.  Gulp!

Yes, you read that right.  Apparently, the soil properties and the flat terrain in Denmark make the ultimate Christmas tree location for growing, pruning and ultimately, harvesting perfect Christmas trees.

With that little bit of information on this wet, cold and merry weekend, we wish you and yours a beautiful holiday season!


*Full disclosure, my German is poor at best, so if I performed a grammatical mistake in the piece above, be so kind to let me know.  Thank you!


Trash and Other Logistics

Finding Your Way – There are a great deal of logistics to figure out upon arrival and this can be daunting at first. Take a deep breath and dive in. In time, you will master the intricacies of each system whether it be healthcare, trash disposal, or recycling. Keep in mind that you are not the first person to do this, reach out to others and ask questions.

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The trash situation can, to a new arrival, feel rather complex and those urban legends that seem to follow around the expats residing in the city will haunt you if you do something wrong, so do your best to get the system down.   Once you have the appropriate garbage bag and the right dates for trash pick – up, the process is rather seamless.

The blue Bebbisaggs can be purchased at your local grocery store (Coop or Migro at the cashier, or with the counter that sells alcohol and/or cigarettes), come in the following sizes: 17 liters, 35 liters, and 60 liters. Each size Bebbisagg comes in a roll of 10. The 17 liter bags costs CHF 12.00, the 35 liter bags costs CHF 23.00 and the largest Bebbisaggs 35 liters will cost CHF 33.

Depending upon your area, you will either need to place a sticker on your sac or simply place your trash in the blue Bebbisagg without the sticker on the curb at dusk the night before or the morning of collection. Please note that putting out trash too early (before 19:00 the day before or the latest at 7:00 day of pick – up) or on the incorrect days may result in a fine.

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Recycling – Cardboard and Paper

Cardboard and paper should be collected in your home and bundled up with a string and placed curb – side the evening prior to pick – up or before 7:00 that morning. To determine pick – up dates for your area, consult the Abfuhrplan, which individuals receive by mail and is valid from January – December.

The Abfuhrplan also lists the dates of pick – up for metal, lawn trimmings/greens from your yard, non-flammable items.


 Sperrgut Stickers

Two “sperrgut” stickers come with the Abfuhrplan each year and are to be used on items that do not fit into the regular Bebbisagg and are under 10kilos in weight. Simply adhere the stickers to the item in which you wish to dispose of and place out on the regular days of trash collection.

To purchase additional “sperrgut” stickers, the cost is CHF 4.50 each and stickers are available at Coop and Migros stores.


Glass, Aluminum and Battery Recycling – There are central recycling centers located in each neighborhood of the city, which allow individuals to recycle at their convenience between the hours of 7:00 – 20:00 Monday through Saturday. Recycling on Sunday is not permissible.

Aluminum – Individuals can recycle aluminum such as: cans, aluminum packaging, and aluminum tubes at these centers.

Glass – Clear, brown, and green glass that has been cleaned is also recyclable. It is not permissible to recycle mirrors, drinking glasses or window glass.

Batteries – There are small containers (typically yellow) where batteries can be placed (regular batteries, button batteries and rechargeable batteries). It is not permissible to recycle car batteries at these stations.

There are signs posted in several languages indicating the rules and regulations of recycling, take the time to read such signs and familiarize yourself with the process.

PET Recycling – For all acceptable plastics, your local Coop or Migro will have recycling bins.

Compost – Most neighborhoods have composting areas available for the general public during limited hours.  Please ask or keep an eye out in your neighborhood for the area where composting is permitted.

Parting Words –  It’s not sexy or exciting, but learning how to properly dispose of trash and recycling items in your new neighborhood is essential.  If I have missed something here, or stated something incorrectly, don’t be shy and please let me know.