Here is a handheld shapshot taken along the river banks of the Rhein during dusk yesterday evening:
When I moved to Basel many years ago, some of my conversations went like this:
Nchenga at Chiperoni.ch: I really like Basel. It’s got a lot of cultural events, museums, cinemas for a city of this size. It’s well-connected, has a great public transport system, just the right size, etc.
Swiss counterpart: Basel doesn’t have a lake.
I heard the same comment several times. Until it occurred to me.
Many Swiss cities are located near a lake. Zürich, Geneva, Lausanne, Luzern, Lugano, Locarno. A sizeable city needs a lake.