Our summer meeting as seen by Maja Vidovic.
We had a hot but very lovely evening out with PWG and our tour guide Jakob Mettler. He named this tour »Women &Walls« and showed us some hidden and ‘never seen before’ parts of Basel.
We started our trip at the Leonhardskirche, the beautiful church on the front yard of our common meeting point the Lohnhof. On the way to Spalentor he showed us the underground remnants of the original inner wall of Basel and introduced us some very important women back in time, their influence and emancipation work they’ve done when fighting for voting rights. We saw houses where they lived, walk of fame on Spalenberg Street and the magnificent Spalentor, the only tower that still has a statue of Maria and baby Jesus.
We continued our journey to University of Basel, the oldest University in Switzerland and the only one in hands of two cantons Basel City and Basel Land. In 1890 Emilie Louise Frey was the first woman admitted to study (medicine) at the University. They actually named one part of the stairs with the names of first women who studied here.
We finished our tour on the Munster Fähri where we were relaxing, chatting and networking while enjoying very tasty snacks and drinks as well as Basel from the Rhein perspective.
Author: Maja Vidovic
Jakob Mettler, is Swiss, German/English bilingual thanks to his English schooldays. He graduated lic.iur and after an interesting marketing career in the pharmaceutical industry, he now runs his one-man communication services company, JAMIX. Jakob’s main clients consist Basel city tours and seminars/presentations on Switzerland. For more information Jacob and his work visit www.jamix.ch.