My first impressions of the city are good. I like it. I like the proximity of the water and the river. It is large and wide enough. The locals enjoy it during summer by packing their clothes into water tight bags and then jump into the Rhein river and let the current take them down streams. They get off somewhere further down the river, get dressed and grab a beer. The city has a nice mix of old and new. It is about the size of Gothenburg in Sweden. Not too large but yet not too small. It is the perfect size to explore on fot. I walked all day long yesterday from about 9 am to 6 pm. I slept so well last night. There are quite a few beautiful old churches.
You get a little bit of that San Francisco feeling but without the hills by all the cable cars running everywhere across the city. Buses, cable cars and bikes are the main ways of getting around. Of course you can walk as well. Basel is a walk friendly city just like Stockholm is.
Of course they got Bretzels here. They have them in all kinds of versions as you can see. Besides the regular kind with just salt you can get ones without salt, those with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or sesame seeds. They also have kind of baguette like sandwiches made of bretzel bread. They are sold warm. I bought one with roasted sun flower seeds as an afternoon snack.
From old to modern. Basel is a great mix of just old and modern and that is something that I like. Had a cup of coffee at Starbucks to warm my cold hands. Plenty of coffee shops around the city.
Many beautiful town squares like this one. Open air markets. Many fountains. My first impression of the city is a good one. Yes I can imagine living here.