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Merian Park (Brüglingen Botanical Gardens)

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.

Zoologischer Garten Basel

Zoologischer Garten is one of the largest and most popular zoos in the world. With extensive areas and a large variety of animals and plants, this place stands as a pride of the city. Also on store are a range of tour programs which attract large crowds. A large share of visitors here is students from various educational institutes. The diversity of animal species and the quality facilities offered here makes this place distinct. Call ahead or check the website for more details.

Goetheanum

Located in the unassuming little town of Dornach, the Goetheanum building is a world famous architectural and cultural landmark built by Rudolf Steiner as the international center of the Anthroposophical Society. Combing the aspects of spirituality and inner development, this popular philosophy attracted a number of thinkers, artists, sculptors, musicians and actors who contributed by working on the new building after the old one was destroyed by fire or performing in the neighboring venues to raise funds. The center today consists of a library, art gallery, exhibition spaces, stunningly decorated performance halls, a bookstore, conference rooms and educational facilities frequently used for cultural events, theater festivals and many other functions. A protected Swiss landmark, it offers guided tours to visitors daily during its opening hours. For further information, visit the official website.

Xoco Tour Basel

Xoco Tour Basel is an entertaining as well as an educative tour that takes you around the wonderful city of Basel. You can get to see the charming old town, where some of the most delicious chocolates take birth. All those who have a fetish for Swiss chocolates, can now indulge in it as much as they want. The tour also organizes a tasting session for you to decide, before buying your favorite chocolate. Their local tour guide will leave no stone unturned in making you comfortable and happy.

DomKirche

DomKirche is the official cathedral of the little town of Arlesheim. Here, people come not just to offer their prayers but also to marvel at the magnificent edifice, which has an exciting historical background. The beautiful cathedral is a 17th Century marvel with high steeples and towering arches. Various social and cultural events are held at this beautiful church. The beauty of the venue can astound any passerby on the streets of Domplatz. When in this tiny town of Arlesheim, do not forget to visit this wondrous venue.

Jura Observatory

The Jura Observatory is formerly known as the Observatoire astronomique jurassien. This astronomical observatory is located in the Jura canton of Switzerland. Housed near Vicques, the observatory is managed by Société Jurassienne d'Astronomie. Interestingly, in the year 2008, a periodic comet was discovered here. Check website for information on operating hours and desired permissions required to access the observatory.

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