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Re: Basel or Neuchatel

I've never been to Neuchâtel, but I live in Basel and so far I love it (after 1 year).

I think in Basel you get free German lessons when you arrive? There's a voucher you get for them or something? (I'm not 100% sure since I already spoke German when I arrived and was told I didn't need the integration courses). I assume Neuchâtel will do the same for French?

You definitely can get by in Basel without (much) German - I've met people who've lived here for years but are working at one of the big pharma companies, speak English all day at work and have next to no German.
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Actually, most Baslers refuse to speak French, despite having French lessons at school from the age of 9 onward. In the main, they'd rather speak English than French. The same happens in reverse when you go to Romandie; the locals will speak English in preference to German.

However, there are a lot of French speakers in the service industries in Basel.

if you want anything remotely (and I do mean remotely) resembling a city, it has to be Basel over Neuchâtel.
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What do you mean, how did Basel change compared to the 60s, can you give some examples ?
Basel in 60's

Basel today

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I don't think they refuse, they just don't remember
At least I studied French for 8 years. Never used it and aside from ordering a café au lait and a croissant, I can't speak it at all anymore. Same is true for pretty much all my friends. We simply never needed it again as French basically got steamrolled by English in the past 15, 20 years, around here anyway.
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Plus ça change...
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Re: Basel or Neuchatel

Depends what kind of lifestyle you want. I live in Neuchatel because I work here but it's small and limited. Taxes are very high. Rents slightly lower than most bigger cities but not that cheap in the town itself.


For skiing you can go to the jura (e.g. Metabief in France is less than 1 hour drive) but they are lower slopes.


Also there are the resorts in Vaud - Leysin, les diablerets.


There are plenty of ski resorts near Basel too though
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There are plenty of ski resorts near Basel too though
"Near" is relative. Feldberg is 1..1.5 hours by car, and it's a bit, well, small. Engelberg is about 2.5 hours from home to slope. Chamonix is 3.5 hours to the village if you have no Stau at Montreux and the pass is open. There's more in the 3-4 hour range, sure, but that's barely day trip material, were that how you want to define near.
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"Near" is relative. Feldberg is 1..1.5 hours by car, and it's a bit, well, small. Engelberg is about 2.5 hours from home to slope. Chamonix is 3.5 hours to the village if you have no Stau at Montreux and the pass is open. There's more in the 3-4 hour range, sure, but that's barely day trip material, were that how you want to define near.
Is that by bicycle? Engelberg, Grindelwald, Hoch Ybrig, dozens of resorts are under 2 hours' drive from Basel, many only 1.5 hours.

Here's a map showing how far you can drive in 90 minutes from the centre of Basel. As you can see, plenty of ski resorts within reach -- even more if you drive another 30 minutes.
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Re: Basel or Neuchatel

Thank you all for your responses and comments. We're still undecided but hoping a quick trip to neuchatel might help. More questions to come
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Re: Basel or Neuchatel

Here is a quick overview of Neuchâtel- small but perfectly formed:

https://youtu.be/TrKI1VD7tJo
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Re: Basel or Neuchatel

i was looking the 60s video and i was thinking it was just taken with a BW camera, i even saw the vw T1 pickup the other day, it looks exactly the same.
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