Basel: Dornach Goetheanum + Tinguely Museum
Mark met me at the station and we took a bus back to the flat he and Marion had in Klein Basel, which has a fantastic a view looking out over the Rhine. I'd never seen the Rhine before, but I have a better feel now for why it's one of the world's great rivers, and why it posed such a barrier to armies.
Thursday 12th August
A short walk from the tram stop, in an ordinary Swiss suburb, the Goetheanum is on a peaceful hilltop. It consists of a distinctive central building with other unusually shaped buildings around it.
It is a School of Spiritual Science and the headquarters of the Anthroposophical Society, and it had the feel of a small school or college out of term time: there were only a few people around, who could have been students or visitors, and there were no formalities involved with visiting at all. There was an exhibition on on Goethe and colours — all in German, but my German was good enough to detect mild crackpottery — and signs up for performances of Steiner's mystery plays.