Basel situated in the heart of Switzerland, Europe bordering France and Germany is a combination of authentic Swiss quality and a multicultural population which makes this city unmistakably cosmopolitan and innovative. This can also be seen in Basel’s many spectacular buildings designed by renowned architects. They present a fascinating contrast to the historic and picturesque Old Town and round out the image of this modern city.
Array of Museums
The city boasts 40 museums on a relatively small area. Due to its density of museums, Basel is further considered as the cultural capital of Switzerland. With various subjects and world-renowned special exhibitions, there is something for every taste. Furthermore, Basel is the home of Art Basel, the most important contemporary art fair in the world.
Paper Mill Museum is one such museum that was set on a medieval canal with an operating waterwheel, an old paper mill that has been turned into a museum of writing, printing, and paper, showing the printing and papermaking processes with actual working machinery. Spielzeug Welten Museum a Toy Museum has a collection of more than 6,000 toys, including dolls, stuffed animals, dollhouses, shop models, and carousels which is not just for children. Antikenmuseum and the Sammlung Ludwig the Museum of Antiquities and the Ludwig Collection features Egyptian, Greek, Italian, Etruscan, and Roman works of art, covering antiquity from about 4000 BC to the 6th century AD. Historisches Museum is a 14th-century Church of the Barefoot Friars which was renovated in the 1970s to house the Historical Museum which has important collections on local history and culture.
This part of Basel that lies roughly between the river and the old city gate at Spalentor is a quite atmosphere with its stone streets, medieval churches, beautifully maintained old homes, and brightly painted fountains.
Rathaus and Marktplatz
The focal point of the Old Town is Marktplatz, where there is a colorful daily market selling local produce, flowers, and food specialties. Dominating the square is the bright red Basel Rathaus, with its colorful painted facade.Spalentor
The Spalentor is a fortified gate marking the end of the old town, dating back from 1370. The town gate, once part of the old town walls, has stood alone since their destruction in 1866. There is a gate to the left with letterbox with the emblem of the Basel pigeon of 19th centuary.