Z’Basel an mym Rhy, Women’s City Tour Basel
“Z’BASEL AN MYM RHY”
FERRY WOMAN, FATHER RHINE AND OTHER STORIES IN THE RIVER
For centuries, the Rhine has awakened romantic associations. However, the Schweizerhalle fire in 1986 also linked the Rhine to a critical chapter in the city’s history, where environmental pollution became visible. Untouched by this turbulence, the old Father Rhine continues to flow through the city. However, why is it actually called Father Rhine and not Mother Rhine? Have the Basel citizens always swum in the Rhine? And how were Basel families involved in the slave trade? Join us on our walk downstream and find out more about ferry women, fishing gangs and shady trade deals.