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.
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.
Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig is entirely devoted to the historical origins and the development of art in the Mediterranean region. A range of special displays and temporary exhibitions make for a worth trip back into the history of the region. You will find a range of exotic displays ranging from 4B.C to 6 A.D that will allow you to delve deeper into Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Etruscan cultures.
As you enter Palazzo Basel, the beautiful and ornately done up interiors are sure to catch your attention. But that is not the only attention-drawing factor of this 'gourmet theatre'. The delectable delights that feature on the menu put together by celebrity chef Peter Moser is sure to be a hit with any conoisseur. But the real treat is enjoying some fantastic performances as you appreciate the thoughtful four-course meal! Palazzo Colombino, the popular event, is as extravagant as it gets; acrobats and magicians, musicians and artists, all come together for a spectacular show full of color and excitement. All in all, the Palazzo Basel rates high on fantasy, high on entertainment and high on culinary satisfaction!
The foundations for the Kunstmuseum were laid when the city of Basel purchased the Amerbachsche Kabinett. This private collection, which boasted works by Holbein among others, was the world's first publicly owned one. Works by Witz, Schongauer, Cranach, Grünewald and others showcase renaissance's rich artistic traditions. 19th-century art is also featured here with Arnold Böcklin's work at the forefront. He did after all come from Basel. Marble steps take visitors to the museum's upper floors. 20th-century art by greats such as Leger, Braque and Picasso can be found here as well as abstract expressionist and pop artworks. The building itself is almost cubic. Located near the Wettsteingbridge, it also houses a library and copper-plate engraving cabinet.
Basel's Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel honors and exhibits every child's first playmate and best friend- dolls and teddy bears. With over 6000 on display at this museum, everyday scenes from the life of dolls have been recreated with love and fantastic flair. At Puppenhausmuseum the exhibits certainly inspire the same magical fascination as in childhood. The four floors with around 1000 square meters (10,763 square feet) of dolls will make anyone feel nostalgic. After visiting this museum, you'll go home, throw out the new computer game, find your old teddy and return him to his rightful place.
An intriguing yet extraordinary museum of art, Skulpturhalle Basel features some of the most popular statues and sculptures. While most of what is housed here are replicas of the originals that can be found around the world, the installations found here are not any less fascinating than their original counterparts. With a collection of over 2,200 casts of Roman and Greek masterpieces, this is believed to be the largest of its kind. While catching a glimpse of the original works might cost you much more time and money, this museum enables you to experience it all in a single visit.
Don't visit this museum if you shy away from dried frogs and other animal that have been reduced to a powder! Do visit if you want to find out what has been used for medicinal purposes in the past. Greats such as Erasmus von Rotterdam and Paracelus have worked in Zum Vorderen Sessel, the house in which the Swiss Apothecary Museum is today accommodated. Apothecaries, historic medicines, microscopes, laboratory equipment and a range of utensils displayed in display cases and glass-fronted cabinets bring the past to life as visitors make their way around the museum's nooks and crannies.
You might not have visited a smaller museum than Hoosesagg in Basel, Switzerland. Framed in a glass window measuring two-by-two-foot in a door, is this tiny museum that exhibits palm size collections varying from toothbrushes to toys. Something that started as a way to avoid peek ins from the tourists, that walk through the narrow pedestrian alley of Imbergasslein, turned into a small museum displaying art and collections. The walking or guided tours would often stop by the house for its historical and notable architecture, hence the owner decided to create a display window to maintain privacy. Now the tourists stop by for the trendy and wonderful exhibitions of pocket-sized collectibles that decorate the display for a month or two. It might be the smallest museum but surely easy to spot.
One of the premier cabaret theaters in Basel, Theater Fauteuil has been entertaining its patrons since 1957. The theater has managed to retain its old-world charm over the years, but has improved the sound and lighting technology that enhance every show hosted here. Though a small theater, the venue packs in a variety of events like concerts, plays and cultural events apart from their main forte, cabaret. There's also bar for those who wish to grab a drink or meal before the show.
Tabourettli at Theater Fauteuil is one of the best cabaret theaters in the city. This beautiful cabaret theater features a piano, a fully-stocked bar, and a small stage. The seating arrangement here is flexible and the capacity can be adjusted so as to accommodate a varying number of audiences depending on the popularity of the show. You can sip your favorite drink and munch scrumptious snacks before, or during the interval of the show. The wide range of entertaining performances hosted at Tabouretti has made this one of the best entertainment venues in the city.