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Old 22.02.2013, 01:27
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Basel...living on the German side... experiences and opinions

Hi, we are planning a move to Basel but considering living in Germany within a bus/bike of Basel start for work (north of the river at Roche HQ). I'd be really interested in any opinions of the German towns close to basel as we are starting our property search now. The main driver for living this side of the border is childcare costs with 3 small children. We are living in Germany now so german speaking schools/kindergartens are preferred. Not so interested in nightlife and the such but a nice area with decent parks, cafes and leisure facilities wouldn't go amiss!

What's the deal with public transport cross-border? And does anyone regularly have to transfer their Swiss salary to Germany?
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Re: Basel...living on the German side... experiences and opinions

Where should the problem be to live in Germany and work in Switzerland? I did it for 8 years till my husband "forced" me to move to Basel. A lot of Germans (like me) do this. When you find a flat, in Lörrach Stetten you have nice ways for the bike, to drive to the Roche. I took the bike every day to the Klybeck 8km. Also you have the Tram 6 direct at the Riehen border and can Use the Train S6 to Badischer Bahnhof and then take the bus to the Roche. Weil am Rhein would be also ok.

In my opinion, but that is what I am thinking, when you have children it is better to live in Germany. Ok you have higher taxes, but if you compare everything (higher costs for living, insurance, flat etc.) I think at the end it will be the same. My sister quit her job in Switzerland and get back to Germany, because she wants to get children.
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Re: Basel...living on the German side... experiences and opinions

And this year the number 8 tram will be up and running to Weil.
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Re: Basel...living on the German side... experiences and opinions

and looking at the tram layout it will be a total disaster for drivers and cyclists unless they make cycle lanes and add lots of traffic lights but thats another topic
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Re: Basel...living on the German side... experiences and opinions

I know people commuting by train from Freiburg im Breisgau and Rheinfelden, and they have no complaints. Grenzach, Weil and Lörrach are all easy commutes by bike or local public transport.

If you want something nice closer to Basel, personally I'd look at some of the places down the S6 S-Bahn line.
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Re: Basel...living on the German side... experiences and opinions

Thanks for all the replies! This is really helpful information for me.

(this is my 10th post so I'll be able to do this the other way soon as well)
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and looking at the tram layout it will be a total disaster for drivers and cyclists unless they make cycle lanes and add lots of traffic lights but thats another topic
Have you seen what the idiots did around the Marktkauf?
Resurfaced the pavement with flagstones as slippery a bathroom tiles when wet. Thats a lawsuit waiting to happen, and when they did the tram lines, all nice and greeny and modern they forgot that lorries deliver goods to the shops, I think that there is a petition to tar and feather the architects and run them out of town on a rail.
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