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What to See, Best Places to Sleep, Where to Eat and to Have Fun in BASEL ?
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WHAT TO SEE in BASEL?
10 THINGS TO SEE in BASEL
Basel Town Hall / Rathaus
Impossible not to notice the impressive red and gold Town Hall (the Rathaus) in Basel, which has become one of the most important places to see. In perfect Renaissance style and with a large and beautiful clock on the facade, it is currently used as the meeting place of the Cantonal Parliament and Government. Step inside to see astonishing paintings and sculptures.
The historic center of Basel is truly spectacular, thanks to the cobbled streets surrounded by picturesque old houses, think that it is one of the best preserved and most beautiful in Europe. A must is a walk through Andreasplatz square and the Martinsgasse, Augustinergasse, Imberggässlein, Nadelberg, Spalenberg, Gemsberg streets, where you can meet a lot of boutiques, souvenir shops, art galleries or relax with a good local craft beer.
In the new part of town across the Rhine, Kleinbasel is Basel's hip district par excellence, with plenty of hip spots.
The Rhine River separates the old town from the new part of the city. But it is also the beating heart of the city, in fact in the summer it is very common to see how the locals come to have a drink on the shore and swim or glide along the current of the river. To cross it you can also use one of the four original ferries, with boats that are held by a rope and propelled by the current of the river.
This is one of the most special places in Basel, it is a pool of water with moving iron figures. By the Swiss artist Jean Tinguely it was built on the site of the stage of the old theater in Basel and for this reason, to maintain the spirit of the theater, the author designed a system that moves the iron figures thanks to the force of the jets of water.
Opened in 1226 and rebuilt in 1905 to allow the passage of the tram, it is the most beautiful bridge in Basel. From this bridge, one of the oldest across the Rhine, you have a fantastic view of the houses on the river bank and the towers of the cathedral.
The most important gate of the old walls that surrounded the medieval city. It is a huge door located in a square tower, decorated with three religious sculptures from the 15th century, used above all to monitor the transport of goods from Alsace.
Basel is one of the most important cultural cities in Europe thanks to its 40 museums. Among the most famous ones we find the Art Museum or Kunstmuseum, which houses several works by Picasso. Other outstanding museums in the city are the Anatomical Museum, the Paper Museum, the Museum of Antiquities, the Toy Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Cultures. All you have to do is explore what inspires you the most!
Basel Cathedral / Basler Münster
The Basler Münster Cathedral, rebuilt in the late 14th century after an earthquake, is another of the most beautiful sights to see in Basel. With its red sandstone facade and its two towers over 60 meters high it is truly spectacular. Just think that here is the tomb of the humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam, icon of the Erasmus student exchange programme.
Offene Kirche Elisabethen
Dedicated to the patroness of charity, this 19th-century neo-Gothic building, with a 71-metre-high tower, was the first Protestant church built in the city after the Reformation.
Visiting this city at its best depends essentially on how long you have to fully enjoy it. Here is a solution based on the number of days available to you:
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10 BEST EXCURSIONS from BASEL
Lucerne & Engelberg
Interlaken e Grindelwald
Stein am Rhein & Cascate del Reno
Berna & Fribourg
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WHERE TO SLEEP in BASEL?
5 BEST GAY FRIENDLY HOTELS in BASEL
Gast - und Kulturhaus Der Teufelhof Basel *** ® Tested by World Mappers
WHERE TO EAT in BASEL?
10 BEST RESTAURANTS in BASEL Quality / Price
€€€ - Ristorante Krafft
€€€ - Ristorante Bottmingen Castle (outside Basel)
€€ - Ristorante Elsbethenstübli ® Tested by World Mappers
€€ - Jägerstuebli (Fuori Basel)
GAY NIGHTLIFE in BASEL
BEST GAY PLACES, BARS & CLUBS in BASEL
Baragraph (Gay Bar) ® Tested by World Mappers
Bar Rouge (Gay Friendly Bar)
L39 (Gay Bar)
TRAVEL TIPS about BASEL by World Mappers
Taking a bath in Basel? Think that in summer it is possible to do it in the Rhine, by renting the Wickelfisch, a nice inflatable backpack and a unique invention from Basel which consists of a watertight bag that keeps your clothes dry while you swim and let yourself be carried away by the river.
Unusual and Particular Places to See in Basel
Outside the classic places to visit of the city, there is a "Secret Basel" that has simply bewitched us. Here are the 3 Things and Places to See in Secret Basel
Pharmazie-Historisches Museum der Universität Basel - One of the largest collections of pharmaceutical artifacts in the world and a real museum that will make you feel like a little chemist.
Hoosesagg Museum - The smallest museum in Basel which since 1995 has become a sort of trouser pocket museum with collections of everyday objects and special memorabilia.
Tinguely Museum - Here is the interactive exhibition space dedicated to the kinetic sculptures of the Swiss artist Jean Tinguely, with a permanent collection of drawings, paintings and sculptures.
GAY FRIENDLY TOURS
Do you want to discover the city more deeply through Basel's Best Gay Tours? We recommend the following local operators:
Gaily Tour - Tour Operator offering tours and excursions dedicated to the LGBT + community throughout Europe. Special Tours and Gay & Lesbian Friendly Guides ready to make you discover the beauties of this destination. Info & Booking: info@GailyTour.com
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