In between our trips to London and Paris, we decided to do some sightseeing here at home and headed to the Basler Münster. I had technically been there before, when we went to see the lanterns during Fasnacht, but I couldn’t really see and appreciate the building at night.
You guys, it’s gorgeous.
The website for the Münster is only in German and Google Translate isn’t perfect (shout out to Chrome for translating it for me automatically, though!), which makes navigating the site and trying to learn history difficult. It does appear, though, that parts of this building have been in place since before the major earthquake in 1356. So way to go, amazing old building, for surviving that!
We headed inside to look around. You can tour the church for free, but you do have to pay to go up for the view.
There is a lot of gorgeous stained glass.
There are also a lot of sarcophagi.
After touring the church, it was time to head up the stairs. Spoiler alert: There were a lot of stairs. And pro tip: A maxi skirt and sandals weren’t the proper wardrobe choices for this excursion.
There are three levels you can climb to. Andy and G made it to level two and then Andy’s dislike of heights overtook him. He and G headed back down, but I went the rest of the way up. I think that was actually against the rules; I’m pretty sure you are only supposed to climb the towers with a buddy. Luckily I made it up and back down without issue.
While I was finishing climbing up and down the tower, Andy and G were discussing what we should do next and the answer was obvious:
The spelling, however, isn’t obvious:
All in all, we had an awesome time playing tourist in our new home!