Public transportation is quite amazing here in Switzerland. We understand that it is very important here to have really good transportation for the citizens - worth the extra cost in the federal budget. We wouldn't even need to own a car - it is that good. We have actually decided to start off our stay in Basel without one and see how it goes.
My mom, the kids and I got on the public transportation close to our hotel. Even though the tram system is great - my sense of direction is not, and we got a bit lost trying to find the station. Once we got on, we road into the old town area of Basel and explored the oldest church in the city, put our feet in the Rhine, had a snack, got a little more lost trying to find the right tram back to the hotel, and then spent the rest of the day swimming in the amazing hotel pool. We are going to bed happy and relaxed tonight.
Enjoy the pictures (click on them to make them bigger)
The kids on our very first tram ride. The trams are the cleanest I have ever seen. You could eat off the floor. They are air conditioned and have free wifi. People who ride the trams are very quiet and reserved. You have to push a button to get the doors to open to let you on and off. (but the tram does stop at every scheduled stop).
Oldest Church in Basel