Basel Things to Do

  • City Hall, Basel
    City Hall, Basel
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  • Tinguely Fountain, Basel
    Tinguely Fountain, Basel
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  • View from behind Basel Minster
    View from behind Basel Minster
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Most Viewed Things to Do in Basel

  • 1. Muenster Cathedral

    The Minster was once a Catholic cathedral, but now a protestant church. This fact tells us something about its central role in the Reformation. It was here that the last antipope, Felix V, was elected...

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  • 2. Rathaus

    The Rathaus (city hall) is an outstanding highlight of any visit to Basel. Its rich splendour speaks to the battle between citizens and church for the control of the city. It's a testament to the...

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  • 3. Zoo

    I visited Basel Zoo during a visit to the city in April 2007. It is said that Basel Zoo is one of the most impressive zoos in Europe and, from my limited experience of European zoos, this is quite...

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  • 4. Tinguely Fountain

    Local boy and Dadaist Jean Tinguely built a great pool on the site of the stage from Basel's old theater. Inside the pool intricate sculptural machines, or kinetic art, clatter and flap and spray...

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  • 5. Spalentor City Gate

    Spalentor is the most richly decorated and most impressive of the three remaining city gates (out of formerly seven). It was built in the 15th century and remained in use as part of the defense...

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  • 6. Walking

    One of the best places to view the old city of Basel is from the far bank of the river Rhine. Cross over the historic Mittlere Brücke and walk down the promenade before returning on one of the river...

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  • 7. Fondation Beyeler

    Basel resident and owner of a gallery Ernst Beyeler has collected modern art for more than 50 years. In the 1980s he started thinking about the future of his art collection. In the end he decided on...

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  • 8. Kunstmuseum

    The Kunstmuseum (Art Museum) is home of the largest public art collection in Switzerland. With its highlights of medieval pictures of Upper Rhine region and Dutch painters and works of the 19th/20th...

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  • 9. Dreiländereck

    The Dreiländereck what would mean "three countries corner" if translated, is exactly that. The point where Switzerland, Germany and France come together. The place would actually be in the water in...

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  • 10. Historical Museum

    The collections of the Historical Museum Basel are split up into four parts. The largest and most interesting one is IMO located in the Barfüsserkirche, the former Franciscan church. This church is...

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  • 11. Barfuesserplatz

    Photos: 1. Barfüsserplatz with the number 8 tram 2. Cyclist at Barfüsserplatz 3. Another cyclist at Barfüsserplatz 4. Yet another cyclist at Barfüsserplatz 5. One more cyclist at Barfüsserplatz ...

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  • 12. Swiss Paper Museum

    Photos: 1. Swiss Paper Museum in the Basel Paper Mill 2. Streets by the Swiss Paper Museum in St Alban The Basel Paper Mill is high on my list of places to visit the next time I come to Basel. They...

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  • 13. Augustiner Fountain

    In this street, you will find a collection of Baroque houses as well as the museum complex „Museum an der Augustinergasse“. This museum was once home to several collections in Basel which were...

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  • 14. St Alban Church

    Photos: 1. St Alban 2. Signpost for pedestrian routes in the St Alban Valley St Alban is an attractive and evidently prosperous section of Basel on the left bank of the Rhine River. Traditionally...

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  • 15. Theater

    Photos: 1. Theater Basel 2. Entrance to the theater 3. Flags at the theater 4. Sign on the theater building, saying that it is forbidden to walk on the roof. The current building of the Basel...

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  • 16. Mittlere Brücke

    The Mittlere Brücke might look straight from the middle ages, but it's a reconstruction. The original was knocked down in order to build another wide enough to...

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  • 17. Jean Tinguely's Carnival Fountain by the theater

    After the old theater building was demolished, its site was made into a square by the name of Theaterplatz and the artist Jean Tinguely (1925-1991) was...

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  • 18. Museum Tinguely

    Jean Tinguely (1925-1991) was an artist who grew up in Basel and later belonged to the Parisian avant-garde in the 1950s and 60s. He is well known in Basel for...

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  • 19. Mittlere Rheinbruecke

    This bridge has the distinction of being the oldest documented bridge (1226) over the Rhine between Lake Constanze and the North Sea still in use today. The...

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  • 20. The Hammering Man

    Jonathan Borofsky's project involved large sculptures of working people placed in cities all over the world. They all differ in heights, but are usually several...

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  • 21. Pisoni Fountain

    Basel is blessed with an interesting collection of fountains all over the city, with the Tinguely fountain probably being the most famous. There are many more...

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  • 22. St. Alban Gate

    St. Alban Gate is quite isolated from the rest of the city, located in a small park. The gate was built in the 13th century and has most of its medeival...

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  • 23. Basel Badischer Bahnhof, a reliable oddity

    We happened to park our car at the "Basel Badischer Bahnhof" (Basel Baden Railway Station), and regardless if you drive or take the train to Basel - the Basel...

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  • 24. Rhine promenade

    After a river crossing by boat a walk along the banks of the Rhine. A warm afternoon and soon attracted into one of the cafes along the way. A lovely place to...

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  • 25. Tinguely

    Museum for the Swiss artist and sculptor. A Saturday visit for us and overrun by noisy school kids so sadly did not go in, enjoyed the "Heath - Robinson"...

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