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Cartoonmuseum Basel numbers a collection of over 3000 original drawings, which was first started in 1979 by the Basel caricaturist Jürg Spahr at the request of Dieter Burckhardt. Although there are not a large number of them, the mainly 20th-century drawings are all of high quality. The collection at Caricature and Cartoon Museum Basel has been located in a building with late Medieval roots in St. Alban Vorstadt since 1996. The museum shop has an excellent stock related to cartoons and caricature.
A vast stretch of lush green grass and trees, Margarethenpark is a great place to seek peaceful respite from your daily life.The expansive park beckons with its walking paths, meadows and forests but it's really all about the skateboarding. The park's Kunsteisbahn is a popular venue for ice skating, skateboarding and other things of that nature. Make sure that you are bundled up in warm clothing as the weather can get really frosty.
The Langen Erlen wildlife park is not in the same category as other zoos. Established in 1871 in Kleinbasel, it was moved to its present location some 30 years later. The earlier site is now the Badische Bahnhof (station). There are animals from all over the world, along with a wide variety of domestic animals, such as pigs, hares, and dwarf goats. You may even see a pheasant or other wildfowl, depending on the weather. It's best to visit with a bicycle or pushchair.
Pumpwerk is a skateboard lover's dream come true. The skate park has excellent facilities for BMX skateboarding, scooters and cycling as well as inline skating. Training courses, summer camps, courses are organized at the park on a regular basis. If you are a budding skater, you can show off your skills at one of their skate competitions and events.
In 1980 Basel hosted a garden show with the not very imaginative title of Green 80. This name stuck in the public's imagination and was also applied to the botanical gardens. The original name comes from a homestead, the remains of which are still visible. The small nearby castle, which served as Christoph Merian's summer residence, is now a cafe. The huge area of the park is ideal for sports, and kids love the enormous dinosaur statue (affectionately known as Dino), who quietly lets everything pass over him.
Located in the Swiss town of Münchenstein, the Watermill Museum Brüglingen is a historic 16th-century watermill that has now been converted into a museum with functioning grinding stones equipment and antique displays. Visitors are taken through the various wood and stone machines and are shown a live process of grinding the grains with the mill powered by the water wheel. Owned and maintained by the Meriangarten society, the museum is open daily from 8.00a to sunset and has free admission.