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Gate of Spalen

The expansion of the city in the 19th century meant the end of the medieval walls and its seven entrances. However, the most beautiful of them, the Spalentor, remains. Erected in the 14th century, this gate still possesses a very impressive oak portcullis. Just inside lies a copy of the city's customs decree of 1795, a great piece of history. The gate is adorned with beautiful glass tiles and 15th-century figures. The originals can be viewed in the Museum of History.

The Rhine

Emanating from the southeastern Swiss Alps, the mighty and meandering Rhine is one of the most important rivers, not just in Switzerland, but to surrounding countries as well. Voyaging through the center of the city of Basel, it adds to the charm of this old town by providing magnificent backdrops and a marine respite to this landlocked country. The High Rhine, which flows out of Lake Constance, cradles the celestial Rhine Falls, forming an otherworldly canvas of luminescence. Bridges like Vorderrhein, Hinterrhein and Alpenrhein loom over this robust, generous river, which is further ornamented by a melange of canals as it passes by forest-clad hills and lush carpets streaked in green. Today, many power-based industries are based upon the Upper Rhine. This river is much loved by its locals not just for the beauty and aesthetic pleasure it lends, but also because it is indeed a magnanimous source of life.

Basel Museum of Cultures

The former Museum of Folklore is now the Cultural Museum, and is the largest and most important of its kind in Switzerland. People from far and wide are placed under the microscope at Museum der Kulturen. Their ways of life, cultures and much more are presented to the visitor in close-up. Workshops, tours and lectures also aid this task. They've collected quite a few treasures over the last hundred odd years. The South Sea and Old America exhibits are world famous, but the wood panels from a Mayan temple in Guatemala are undoubtedly a highpoint. All the temporary exhibitions held are excellent too.

Fortified Church of St. Arbogast

Located in the heart of Muttenz, the Fortified Church of St. Arbogast is a nationally significant heritage site and a popular tourist attraction of the historic town. Dating back to the late Middle ages, the church is unique with respect to its architecture as its fortified wall ramparts are the only of its kind found in the country. The church today consists of a remarkable clock tower, a charnal house and a beautifully maintained lawn garden. A definite must visit for architecture and history enthusiasts.

Cathedral of St. Urs and Viktor

The Cathedral of St. Urs and Viktor, also known as the Solothurn Cathedral is a magnificent church in Solothurn, Switzerland. The impressive structure makes it a landmark of the Swiss city and a Swiss heritage site of national significance. It was built using the light-colored Solothurn marble during the neoclassical period. One unique feature of this cathedral is that it is full of Solothurn’s magic number 11. As in, it has 11 altars, 11 bells, a 66 feet high tower, and so on. It is one of the most visited sites in Switzerland.

House of Electronic Arts

A one-of-a-kind art museum, House of Electronic Arts features a bizarre yet fascinating collection of art. Aimed at exhibiting and preserving digital art, this museum features a rather unique collection of research and technology-based works of art. From digital paintings, photographs and animations, to scientific slides and technological installations, there's plenty of new things to learn at this museum.

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