Lost and Found in Basel

An interesting Swiss practice you may have already noticed is that when someone finds something on the street or sidewalk—a glove, scarf, hat, sweater, or baby toy—they generally pick it up and place it somewhere off the ground (eg, on a fence, park bench, street sign, parking meter) to facilitate its recovery as well as presumably to protect it from being stepped on or run over. If, however, you find an item of greater value (eg, phone, computer, wallet, school bag), you can also hand it in at the nearest police station or you can bring it to an official “Fundbüro” (Lost-and-Found Office).

If you have lost an item and can’t find it near where you might have lost it, you have several possibilities for trying to retrieve it: