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Built in the middle of a lake, the charming and historic castle of Bottmingen offers customers a beautiful and romantic experience unlike any other. Dating back to the 14th Century, this Swiss mansion has been carefully preserved and elegantly renovated in the past few years with the opening of a fine dining restaurant, a wedding venue and lovely terrace gardens. Famous for its sumptuous French cuisine, the castle's restaurant offers a prix fixe menu along with a normal one, with dishes such as the Vivers lamb, Chateaubriand, Marinated Loch Fyne salmon, Porcini flan with parsley and the lip-smacking desserts sure to leave your taste buds in amazement and wonder. It also an excellent location for functions such as weddings, parties, corporate dinners and other events with lavishly decorated rooms seating 8 to 300 guests and an attentive, courteous service by the friendly staff. It is especially worth visiting during Christmas when the castle is lit up with stunning decorations.
With a focus on furniture and interiors, the Vitra Design Museum showcases the works of such iconic designers as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Alvar Aalto. The delightfully asymmetrical museum building, designed by Frank Gehry, is a sight to behold.
Ernst Beyeler is without doubt one of the world's most renowned gallery owners and collectors. Rarely do you find the work of so many masters under one roof. Beyeler, with the help of his wife Hildy, has accumulated over 180 modern classics. Important works by Cézanne, Van Gogh, Picasso, Warhol and Bacon highlight the collection. The museum shop offers a wide range of high quality books, art cards and special design objects.
The Augusta Raurica is a rich source of information for those interested in learning more about ancient Roman history and civilization. Take a walk down time and experience the baths which have still been maintained like they were, hundreds of years go. The museum is always crowded with school children on educational excursions or with travelers. Also check out the excavations, the silver collection and the 'house zoo'.
The Römische Badruine are well-preserved Roman bath ruins in Badenweiler. One of the most significant of its kind in the country, it justifies Badenweiler’s history as a spa town and offers a glimpse into the Roman bathing culture that prevailed during the reign of the Roman Empire. The ruins were excavated in 1784 by Margrave Carl Friedrich von Baden and are sheltered by a glass roof. Take a tour of the monumental site and explore several exhibitions showcasing accessories, models and memorabilia.