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  • 1 Kunstmuseum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    St-Alban-Graben 16

    This prestigious Fine Arts Museum, where major temporary exhibitions are frequently staged, houses within its walls a large number of masterpieces. Pride of place is given to the collection of paintings and drawings from the Upper Rhine and the Nethe..

  • 2 Basel Old Town Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Old Basel, with several interesting monuments to visit including the cathedral, is worth a trip above all for its atmosphere, its very picturesque medieval streets and squares such as Andreasplatz, Spalenberg or Petersgasse. Here you will find severa..

  • 3 Schaulager Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ruchfeldstr. 19

    This huge cube tucked away in the Basel suburbs is worth seeking out for its futuristic architecture by Herzog & de Meuron. Neither museum nor warehouse, it houses the works of the Emmanuel Hoffmann foundation, and only opens for temporary exhibition..

  • 4 Antikenmuseum Basel Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    St-Albangraben 5

    The collections of this museum illustrate the periods of Antiquity from pre-Hellenic times to the end of the Roman epoch. Marble sculptures, bronze and terracotta statuettes, stelae, sarcophagi, vases, amphorae, weapons, Etruscan objects, etc., are e..

  • 5 History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Barfüsserplatz

    This museum, which is housed in an old church, is a showcase for admirable collections tracing the history of Basel. Here is some very attractive furniture, in several reconstituted rooms, and many objects (coins, tapestries, fountains, etc.). Severa..

  • 6 Basel Zoo Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Binningerstr. 40

    In the heart of the city, this huge animal park with an international reputation has become specialised in the reproduction of threatened species. An area is devoted to young animals, another to the vivarium. There are picnic areas, restaurants and g..

  • 7 Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    This huge building, built of red sandstone, partly rebuilt in the 14 and 15C, and restored in the 19C, is topped with two Gothic towers from which there is a lovely view over the city. The main door is decorated with delicate sculptures of angels and..

  • 8 Jean Tinguely Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Paul Sacher-Anlage 2

    This museum designed by the architect Mario Botta, devoted to the Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely (1925-1991), the prolific creator of machine-sculptures and fanciful mobiles, is located in Solitude Park on the banks of the Rhine. The path follows the d..

  • 9 Haus zum Kirschgarten Interesting

    Museums and art

    Elisabethenstr. 27-29

    The old residence of the ribbon manufacturer J.R. Burckhardt acts as a setting for varied collections: clocks and watches from the 16 to the 19C, costumes from the 18 and 19C, earthenware and porcelain from various origins, and old toys. Some rooms (..

  • 10 Museum of Ethnography Interesting

    Museums and art

    Münsterplatz 20

    This museum, which also contains a large natural science section, offers varied collections in ethnography: masks, weapons, fabrics, ceramics from all over the world, and works of art from Oceania (major collections on Melanesia) and pre-Colombian Am..

  • 11 Town Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This attractive building erected in the early 16C in a late Gothic style, and subsequently enlarged and restored, has a façade richly decorated with frescos and flanked with a modern belfry. A statue of Munatius Plancus, founder of the town, stands i..

  • 12 Basler Papiermühle Interesting

    Museums and art

    St-Alban-Tal 37

    This very complete museum, which is located in the heart of the St-Alban district, in the old wheat mill of Klingental monastery, which became a paper mill in 1453, gives over four levels a lively presentation of the history of paper and activities r..

  • 13 The Port

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Klybeckstr.

    Basel port has been active since the Middle Ages in traffic between the Mediterranean and the North Sea, Swabia and Burgundy, and has found a new dynamism since the start of the 20C, after having been eclipsed for a time by the construction of the ma..

  • 14 Apothecary Museum

    Museums and art

    Totengässlein 3

    Apart from the reconstruction of an old pharmacy and old laboratory, you will also see in this museum various instruments and remedies used in bygone days, including a portable 18C Japanese pharmacy, pots from the 16 to the 19C and objects relating t..

  • 15 Jewish Museum

    Museums and art

    Kornhausgasse 8

    Daily life and its traditions, the Jewish year and its festivals, and the history of the Basel community, are all evoked through various objects. Remember that it was in Basel, in 1897, that the first Zionist congress was held on the appeal of Theodo..

  • 16 St-Antonius-Kirche

    Religious buildings

    Kannenfeldstr.

    This church made of reinforced concrete was built between 1925 and 1931 according to the plans of the architect Moser. Multicoloured stained-glass windows by Hans Stocker and Otto Staiger illuminate the huge nave.

  • 17 Carnival Fountain

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The sculptor Jean Tinguely (1925-1991), an ex-pupil of Basel Fine Art School, created this fountain which enlivens the esplanade of the municipal theatre with its water games. The nine jointed metal creations of the huge water feature humorously depi..

  • 18 Oberer Rheinweg

    Nature and gardens

    This walk, which is limited to the east by Wettsteinbrücke (bridge), offers an attractive view over the old districts of Basel, the palaces and artisan houses which are located at the water's edge.

  • 19 St Alban District

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This district owes its name to the oldest monastery in Basel (1083) of which only one wing of the Romanesque cloister remains, now incorporated in a residential house. Several mills bear witness to its specialisation after the creation of a canal by ..

  • 20 Museum of Caricature and Comic Strip

    Museums and art

    St-Alban-Vorstadt 28

    In a very well restored old house, this small, highly original museum will attract all those who are interested in drawing and in comic strips: not only can you leaf through albums and find several works here, but you can also try out your own skills..

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