I will get Saturday’s photo an hour post up soon, but first it’s time for another Monday Escape with Packing My Suitcase and My Travel Monkey…
Jan has been determined to go hiking since we arrived in Basel, so a few weekends ago we did just that. I found a route that started in Sissach (about 20 minutes train ride away) and ended in Liestal, the capital of the half canton Basellandschaft (the capital of Basel-Stadt is, of course, Basel itself). Warning: another long, photo-heavy post ahead… the scenery is just too beautiful to resist!
The first part of the route took us from Sissach train station up to the Sissacher Fluh (a Fluh, sometimes spelled Flüh or Flue, is a rock face or cliff). That part was the steepest climb and took us about an hour.
The view from the top was well worth the climb!
You could even see Basel from up there (you can tell it’s Basel by the wedge-shaped building):
There’s a restaurant at the top, also named Sissacher Fluh. We stopped there for a cool drink and some lunch, and decided to share the Fluh platter which looked like this:
It also came with delicious bread.
After lunch, it was time to head back down the other side of the hill. There was a kind of sculpture trail set up on the hillside, which was mostly weird and a bit pointless, but there was on sculpture I really liked:
Those of you who are connected with Confuzzledom on Facebook may have noticed that one of the moles is the new profile picture for the page. The title of the sculpture was something about politicians and looking to the future (obviously a play on the fact that moles are practically blind and can’t see very far).
This part of the route led from the Sissacher Fluh to the village of Hersberg, past another village called Nusshof. Have some more pictures:
In Hersberg, we saw some horses and stopped to refill our water bottle.
Next it was on through the woods and up the hill to Schleifenberg, which meant another hour of hiking.
Finally, we reached the top of the Schleifenberg, where there’s a viewing tower. The tower is 30m high, and after climbing up the first few levels you find yourself coming out of the trees to spectacular views. It costs 50 rappen to get into the tower and no change is given so make sure you have a 1/2 franc piece on you! Trust me, you are not going to want to miss these views! My camera could not do it justice at all – partly because it can’t cope with clouds, but mostly because it just can’t see as far as my eyes can!
Directly below us, at the base of the Schleifenberg, we could see our destination – Liestal. We still had just under an hour of walking to go before we got there though, so we decided to stop for a quick drink. We had a beer each and watched some bug (beetle?) that was crawling around the picnic bench.
On the way back down to Liestal, we came across more wildlife: hornets, a snake and a lizard (who I didn’t manage to get a photo of before he ran away):
Jan took the final hornet picture here – I wasn’t willing to get that close!
Finally, just as we were about to leave the woods and enter Liestal, we spotted a very interesting looking tree…
I don’t know how well you can see, but the roots form a kind of cave under the earth above. I actually had my photo taken inside, but it’s on Jan’s phone so I can’t access it now.
Then, just after seeing the tree, we finally reached the outskirts of Liestal.
With a population of just over 14,000, although it’s the capital of Basellandschaft, Liestal is not exactly large. It’s an industrial town, but it has a very pretty old town centre, which we walked around for a while.
There are three museums in Liestal (the cantonal museum for Basellandschaft, a town museum for Liestal and an organ museum), but being late afternoon on a Saturday in a small town, all of them were closed – as were the shops. By that time we were tired out from our long hike (13 km, in case anyone was wondering) so we left Liestal and took the train back home. My leg muscles hated me the next morning, but it was worth it for the gorgeous we saw along the way. I still can’t believe all of this is literally on my doorstep!
29 thoughts on “Hiking from Sissach to Liestal”
Love the photos Epic landscapes and scenery 🙂 Im not surprised you leg muscles hated you the next morning hehe
Haha, yeah. It was worth it though!
Oh my gosh, how much more idyllic could that hike have been???! Looks like the perfect setting for a fairytale or a romantic novel set in the 1800s or something 😛
I know! How can this kind of scenery exist in real life?
There is so much I love about this post! The gorgeous photos, the landscape, the town center, the Fluh platter, that crazy cave tree, the mole sculpture, horses!!… What a fabulous hike! I can imagine you were achy the next day, but a good and strenuous hike is (usually) so worth it. I also like your new cover picture – very nice.
It was definitely worth it, for all the reasons you mentioned.
That looks like a very rewarding hike.You saw amazing views, wonderful wildlife and quite cute moles too.:)
Very much worth it. The moles are my favourite 🙂
Awesome pics! And what a weird little bug creature ont he picnic table, he’d have fascinated me too!
I’m still wondering what he is. Jan told me the German name but I forgot it.
I can’t get over how beautiful Switzerland is, it just doesn’t seem real! Those views look well worth the hike and that tree is soooo cool!
I know, it’s like the land before time or something.
It really is.
What fabulous scenery – you are so lucky to have this right on your doorstep! Your scenic photos are lovely, and my mouth is watering at the sight of the Fluh platter. 🙂
Definitely! I live where other people go on holiday. And the views are free! (Shame everything else costs a fortune! )
Imagine if they charged for the views too! No one could ever afford to live there. 🙂
Looks amazing! Glad you’re settling in so well! 🙂
It’s gorgeous! Now I just need to find actual people to do stuff with…
Good luck making Swiss friends – not easy by all accounts! Are there many foreigners living there?
Loads supposedly! Actually half the people in our building are foreign, but they keep to themselves as much as the Swiss. I only know they’re not Swiss from the names on the mailbox! We’ve been going for drinks with a meetup group occasionally, which is fun but so far hasn’t led to any opportunity to meet outside the group and we can’t afford to go for drinks in Switzerland every week!
Not even once a week!? Jesus, how expensive is a pint?
Is it ok that my fave thing about this was the mole sculpture?! The view is pretty extraordinary too though! I am sure it was worth the leg ache.
Those views really are something! I’m intrigued by this organ museum though, that sounds like my kind of thing 🙂
Such wonderful photos and love how you had a beer on the way! That’s definitely the way to do it! Those moles are pretty awesome too! This looks like the sort of hike I would like to do – what a beautiful area. Thanks so much for linking up with #MondayEscapes
Switzerland is such a beautiful part of the wordl – have been lucky enough to visit it a few times but haven’t been to this little place. You took some great photos on your long hike!
Love your photos so much! Looked like a big hike but worth it for those views! Loving the mole sculpture as well!
It was definitely worth it! I won’t be hiking again until it cools down a bit though.