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.
One of the most well-known works of Jean Tinguely is this fountain, which he called 'Composition of the Six Elements'. The avant-garde artist and husband of the sculptress Niki de Saint Phalle became famous through his machine sculptures. These consist not only of pieces of plastic and scrap welded and screwed together, but they also move and make noise. In the fountain project, Tinguely gained one more element, namely water.
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 Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural history museum) has been located in this former Augustine monastery since 1849. What began as a collection of curiosities is now a center for science and research. Most of the eight million objects in the colletion are on display, and the museum's strengths lie in paleontology, mineralogy, zoology, entomology and anthropology, but you don't need a degree to visit. The other exhibits, including early man, dinosaurs and insects, will appeal to visitors both young and old.
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.
Two slender towers characterize this red sandstone church. Climb at least one to appreciate the stunning view. Although Münster Hill was already inhabited by the time of the Celts, the present late-Roman/early-Gothic building was mostly constructed in the latter part of the 12th century. In 1356, five towers were destroyed in an earthquake. The famed humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam is buried here. The Roman gate is notable for its many old stone figures.
The Botanischer Garten is nothing less than a verdant oasis of the city. Home to a variety of flowering plants, trees and shrubs, this garden is a visual delight. The place is divided into three parts, the garden itself which is perfect during warmer months, the greenhouse which is explored by many during winters and the Infostand where you can sip a cup of coffee while browsing through reading material. Whether you are in the city with your family, a loved one or you are on a solo trip, this free park is a great spot to visit.
Jewish Museum of Switzerland pays a fitting tribute to the Jewish culture by way of exotic displays that illustrate old world Jewish charm,thanks to a plethora of artifacts and objects. Explore the Jewish calendar, their way of dressing, facets of their daily life, tombstones among other interesting facts of their life. Glimpse into their historical-social backgrounds as you trace their development as a religious group.
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.
Stampa gallery was established in the year 1969 by art lovers Gilli and Diego Stamp. The gallery focuses on Swiss contemporary art and has featured some of the brilliant artworks of Gerda Steiner, Marcel Odenbach and Zilla Leutenegger to name a few. It has its own book shop, where you can engross yourself in books on design, fashion, photography and architecture.
Galerie Carzaniga specializes in contemporary art from Switzerland, France and Italy. Get awestruck looking at the works of Samuel Buri, Susi Kramer, Lorenz Spring, Bruno Suter and many such stalwarts, who have achieved a well-known name in the field of art. The gallery takes part in various art fairs such as Kunst Zurich and Art Basel. Some of their services include art-consulting, insurance and art-appraisals. Their main aim is to educate the common man and spread art awareness across Europe.