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Basel is a city in northwestern Switzerland on the river Rhine. Basel is Switzerland's third-most-populous city with about 180,000 inhabitants. The official language of Basel is German, but the main spoken language is the local Basel German dialect. Basel is commonly considered to be the cultural capital of Switzerland. Wikipedia
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The Beyeler Foundation or Fondation Beyeler with its museum in Riehen, near Basel , owns and oversees the art collection of Hildy and Ernst Beyeler, which features modern and tribal art. The Beyeler Foundation museum includes a space for special exhibitions staged to complement the permanent collection.
Tierpark Lange Erlen is an area of green space in central Basel with a small free zoo that is home to deer, lynx, and other mostly local animals. There are also stables and paddocks with ponies, goats and sheep, and an aviary in which a large variety of birds can be observed. It’s free to visit and a good place to bring kids.
Rathaus Rapperswil is the former Rathaus of the city government of medieval town of Rapperswil, Canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Today, the building houses a café and restaurant, the city archives and a collection of stained glass windows, silverware and paintings. The building and the city archives are listed in the Swiss inventory of cultural property of national and regional significance.
Stories of Basel's Old Townfrom $21.36 USD
Migros and Co-Op are the leading supermarkets in Switzerland, and some sell ready-made meals if you don’t have a kitchen to cook. The Migros grocery store near our hotel had prepared meals to go and we ate a lot of those.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and pastries, flowers are available each working day. Considerably more vendors on Saturday morning.
120 Minute Exclusive Historical Walk of Basel with a Local with a History Expertfrom $684.56 USD
The main branch of the public library offers Internet terminals for a small fee.
Basel Minster is a religious building in the Swiss city of Basel, originally a Catholic cathedral and today a Reformed Protestant church. The original cathedral was built between 1019 and 1500 in Romanesque and Gothic styles. The late Romanesque building, destroyed by the 1356 Basel earthquake, was rebuilt by Johannes Gmünd, who was at the same time employed for building the Freiburg Münster. Ulrich von Ensingen, architect of the towers at the Ulm Minster and the Strasbourg Cathedral, extended the building from 1421.
Kunsthalle Basel is a place for innovative contemporary art exhibitions of an emerging generation of artists. As Switzerland's oldest and still most active institution for contemporary art, Kunsthalle Basel forms a vital part of Basel's cultural centre and is located next to the city's theatre, opposite the concert house Stadtcasino, and in the same building as the famed Restaurant Kunsthalle. Bringing together local and international contemporary art tendencies, Kunsthalle Basel is well known for its presentation of thought-provoking new artworks and display methodologies, as well as for its wide range of public programs that include artist talks, performances, and film screenings. With a long list of esteemed curators and directors who have helmed the institution, including over the last decades, Jean-Christophe Ammann, Peter Pakesch, and Adam Szymczyk, it has, since November 2014, been directed by Los Angeles-born Elena Filipovic.
Basel City Sightseeing Bus Tourfrom $26.51 USD
EXPLORE CONTEMPORARY ART AT KUNSTHALLE: Even if you don’t fancy going in, the Tinguely Brunnen outside is not to be missed. Also called Carnival Fountain, it’s shallow water shows ten mechanical figures that move to create an interesting – and dare we say hilarious – landmark in Basel.
Swiss Knife Valley Bike Tour & Lake Lucerne Cruisefrom $497.03 USD
Basel or Basle is a city in northwestern Switzerland on the river Rhine. Basel is Switzerland's third-most-populous city with about 175,000 inhabitants. The official language of Basel is German, but the main spoken language is the local Basel German dialect. Basel is famous for its many museums, ranging from the Kunstmuseum, the first collection of art accessible to the public in the world and the largest museum of art in Switzerland, to the Fondation Beyeler and the Museum of Contemporary Art , the first public museum of contemporary art in Europe.
Lucerne Walking tour and Cheese Tastingfrom $202.9 USD
Boasts having the world's largest collection of teddy bears as well as fascinating toy shops and doll houses constructed to the scale of 1:12. A great place for kids and adults alike. Fr. 7 adults, free for children up to age 16 (if accompanied).
The Elisabethenkirche, or Offene Kirche Elisabethen, is a 19th-century church building in the centre of Basel, next to the Theater Basel, in Switzerland. It is a well detailed example of Swiss Gothic Revival style churches. It has a 72 metres tall bell tower and spire. The tower has internal stairs.
The Museum Tinguely is an art museum in Basel, Switzerland that contains a permanent exhibition of the works of Swiss painter and sculptor Jean Tinguely. Located in the Solitudepark by the Rhine, the museum was designed by the Ticinese architect Mario Botta and opened on 3 October 1996. A variety of Tinguely's kinetic art sculptures are on permanent display, complemented with illustrations, photographs and other documents related to the artist's life and work. Tinguely's wife, Niki de Saint Phalle has donated 55 sculptures to the museum.
The Kunstmuseum Basel houses the oldest public art collection in the world and is generally considered to be the most important museum of art in Switzerland. It is listed as a heritage site of national significance. Its lineage extends back to the Amerbach Cabinet, which included a collection of works by Hans Holbein purchased by the city of Basel and the University of Basel in 1661, which made it the first municipally owned and therefore open to the public museum in the world. Its collection is distinguished by an impressively wide historic span, from the early 15th century up to the immediate present.
Founded in 1961, the Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig is one of the many museums in the Swiss city of Basel and a heritage site of national significance.The museum is devoted exclusively to the art of ancient civilizations from the 4th millennium BC to the 7th century AD. The only one of its kind in Switzerland, the museum shows works of art from the Mediterranean region, predominantly from the period from 1000 BC to 300 AD. A central position is occupied by the collection of Greek vases and sculptures and the Ancient Egyptian section. Further objects are from the Near East and Cyprus.
Basel's ethnographic museum featuring exhibits from South America, Africa, East Asia and Oceania. The exhibits from the South Seas, Ancient America, Tibet and Bali are world-famous, as are its textiles.
Mittlere Brücke or the Middle Bridge is one of the six bridges connecting Grossbasel and Kleinbasel. Built of granite stone in 1905, on the site of the oldest crossing of the Rhine dating back to 1224, this place has a lot of history.
Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois in Basel, until 1986 usually identified by its German-language name, Hotel drei Könige, is sometimes cited as one of Switzerland's oldest hotels. It is located on the left bank of the Rhine, a few paces downstream of the city's first bridge across the river.
The Schaulager is a museum in Newmünchenstein, a sub-district of Münchenstein in the canton of Basel-Country, Switzerland. Built in 2002/2003 under commission of the Laurenz Foundation, it was designed by the renowned architectural office of Herzog & de Meuron, the Schaulager opened in 2003. The Schaulager was conceived as an open warehouse that provides the optimal spatial and climatic conditions for the preservation of works of art. The institution functions as a mix between public museum, art storage facility and art research institute.
The Kunsthaus features changing exhibitions of contemporary art, particularly the ''Regionale'', an annual platform for young artists from the ''Three Countries' Corner'' (together with the ''Kunsthalle Basel''). It also houses the ''BEWE Collection'' (donated by collectors Bruno and Elisabeth Weiss), which focuses on the oeuvre of two renowned Basel based modernist artist groups: ''Rot-Blau'' and ''Gruppe 33''.
BEWARE: As part of a general Switzerland travel guide, we have to make you aware that Basel – and the rest of Switzerland – has a very organized population who genuinely value their work-life-balance This means, they usually close supermarket/ food stores on Wednesday afternoons, Sunday’s and some might close Saturdays too.