Sights of Basel
You have decided to go on a trip to the beautiful Swiss Basel, but do not know what to see? Where to go to relax? What sights to fit into your tour? You will find the answer to all these questions in our article!
Town Hall – the main attraction of Basel
City Hall is one of the most prominent tourist sites of the city. From the distant 1290, it is the main political center of Basel and the site of the most important historical events. The facade of the town hall has a very attractive red color, which immediately attracts enthusiastic views of tourists. For centuries, the landmark has been rebuilt and redesigned several times, but the main building of the town hall has not changed and still pleases Basel tourists with its unique architecture of the late Burgundian Gothic.
The monument is located in the center of the Market Square – a favorite recreation place of local residents. There is always noisy and full of tourists with cameras who want to capture as many sights as possible.
Basel Zoo – tourist magnet
This zoo is one of the largest and most visited in Europe. It offers a wide variety of wildlife, rare animals and plants from around the world. More than 1.5 million people visit it annually! On 14 hectares of attractions you will find several independent complexes. The most impressive are: Australis, a complex dedicated to Australian wildlife; “Vivarium” – an impressive aquarium with a huge number of species of fish and marine flora; “Primate House” is a paradise for gorillas, chimpanzees and other monkey species in West Africa. Also here are the “House of Antelopes” and complexes for crocodiles and rare birds. On the territory of the zoo there is a large cafe where you can relax, eat ice cream and buy souvenirs.
The Basel Museum of Art is an impressive landmark.
The Museum of Fine Arts (Art Museum) is the most important cultural monument of the city. For hundreds of years, the largest collection of public art in Switzerland has been gathered here. Most of the works cover the period from the early Middle Ages to the works of the XIX-XX centuries. The most valuable exhibits are the largest collections of the XVI century, the famous lawyer and collector Basilius Amerbach.
In the courtyard you can see Auguste Rodin’s sculpture “Citizens of Calais”, from which every tour of the museum traditionally begins. Exhibitions and presentations are not often held here, so this event is important and significant for Basel!
Spalentor Gate – the whole story of Basel
The Spalentor Gate is one of the few surviving historical landmarks of the city. From the 14th century, the Spalentor was part of a single defensive system of the city, along with towers and walls. In the XIX century, the entire complex was demolished, with the exception of the gate. The authorities decided to restore and preserve the memo for future generations. Today it has the status of an object of national heritage and the main tourist landmark of Basel. Be sure to climb to the top of one of the towers, where you will enjoy stunning views of the Old Town.
Tengli Fountain – a symbol of Basel
This landmark was created by a talented artist and sculptor Jean Tengli in 1977. The main feature of this fountain is a non-standard technological approach using complex mechanisms. The memo consists of several moving cars that ironically convey the complexities of modern active life. Some fantastic mechanisms behave unexpectedly and can throw water over you – it all depends on the water pressure and the position of the machine.
The fountain is located on Theater Square – one of the main tourist sites of the city, so it quickly gained popularity and began to be included in the main tours of the city. Tourists appreciated the uniqueness of this attraction properly – the fountain is included in the 5 most popular places in Basel.
Cathedral – the oldest monument
The Cathedral of Basel is one of the first major architectural projects of the city. It is made in the late Roman style with pronounced gothic elements. The Cathedral is perfectly complemented by the tall towers of Saints George and Martin. The memorial itself is a classical basilica with the corresponding interior, frescoes of bishops and statues. The main shrine of the cathedral is the grave of the greatest European humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam.