Wow, my last post got a bit deep, didn’t it? I think it’s about time I counteracted that with another travel post.
In September, Jan’s dad came to visit us for a weekend and we took a day trip to Rheinfelden and Kaiseraugst. I’ve already shared photos of Rheinfelden on the blog once, but our last visit was in December. This time the sky was a lot less grey!
We didn’t cross over into the German Rheinfelden on this visit (it’s really not worth it, except to say you walked across a border), but we did go onto the little island that can be accessed from the bridge. It was a boiling hot day and plenty of people (and dogs!) were bathing in the river.
Once we’d seen enough of the island, it was time to head back to the train station and on to Kaiseraugst, home of the Augusta Raurica Roman site.
We walked for ages through farmland, the sun baking us alive and birds circling overhead.
Eventually we spied some Roman ruins. This is the ruins of a temple:
We had been following signs for the amphitheatre because we thought that was what we wanted to see. Turns out there isn’t much left of the amphitheatre:
What we were actually looking for was just the plain old theatre, so that’s where we headed next.
Aha… that’s more like it!
Augusta Raurica hosts events throughout the summer (including a Roman festival) and on this particular day they were setting up for a concert. Luckily we managed to get in and have a look around before they blocked off the entrances.
There’s also an indoor museum area (with a Roman house), which we did not go into, and a few other Roman bits and bobs dotted around.
After enjoying a nice cold beer, we walked back towards town past the train station and down to the river… instead of taking another train, the plan was to travel back to Basel by boat. We had a bit of time to spare, so we took off our shoes and stood on some steps with our feet in the water. It was lovely and refreshing!
The boat back to Basel passes through two locks, at the Augst and Birsfelden run-of-the-river power plants.
This post is getting rather long, so I’ll only include a few of the photos I took during our boat trip. Also, until we were actually approaching Basel I have no idea where the majority of the photos were taken.
Our boat was the Christoph Merian, for those who are interested.
All in all it was a lovely day out and one I would definitely take again if future visitors showed an interest.
This was my September trip for Take 12 Trips 2016 (I’m slowly catching up!)