The Middle Bridge (Mittlere Brucke) has been Grossbasel and Kleinbasel’s only connection for over 650 years. A second bridge across the Rhine was required due to traffic congestion and population growth in the 19th century.
Today, you can easily go from the SBB train station to the Badischer Bahnhof and vice versa via tram, car, or bike, or enjoy a leisurely stroll across the Wettsteinbrücke to the Museum Tinguely. Take your camera with you because the view of Basel Minster from the bridge is stunning.
The bridge used to be sarcastically called the “sloping bridge of Basel” because of the height difference between Gross- and Kleinbasel. The city’s mayor, Johann Rudolf Wettstein, is honored with the bridge’s original name (1594 – 1666).