The former barracks is now the number one place for cultural events in Basel. A gaggle of buildings surrounding a meadow hosts diverse exhibitions and all manner of cultural happenings. The complex includes a bar, a restaurant, and a theater/concert space, designed in a lively combination. The meadow is the only real green space in this part of Basel. It is often used as a sports pitch, and on warm summer nights serves the visitors to the events as a relaxing space. And while the theater management constantly succeeds in attracting sought after international companies to Basel, the concert organizers keep a firm eye on the newest trends and alternative groups.
Basel Theater is one of the city's main cultural hot spots, hosting a ton of lavish performances throughout the year. Known to dish out some of the most hair-raising performances, this theater seldom fails to inspire its audiences with shows that not only entertain, but also send out an underlying message. Usually playing host to the city's own opera and ballet companies, there is no shortage of entertainment or excitement at this fabulous venue.
One of the most popular event venues in the city, Volkshaus Basel most commonly plays host to concerts and musical events. Buy a ticket in advance and add spice to your evening with lots of rock, Indie and Electro music. Popular local and national musicians entertain the audiences throughout the year with their classy performances. The space also houses a bar that serves an impressive array of spirits, brews and cocktails.
The Stadtkino or city cinema is a truly eclectic place, which is devoted to screening films that are good, exciting and interesting. The cinema itself is pitchblack so light doesn't stand a chance when it tries to sneak in. As most of the guests are movie buffs who relish the black and white and technicolor films shown, this isn't the kind of movie theater where you'll find people talking and being noisy. All screenings start punctually and there are no trailers. The films shown are usually not newly released; instead, the focus is on particular topic areas. The Kunsthalle also holds something here every two weeks.
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.
Habse-Theater is renowned for recognizing and promoting art in the city. This modest setting with advanced lighting and sound equipment has staged some of the finest plays by acclaimed artists. From drama, musicals, comedy shows and concerts, there's more ways than one to entertain and inspire the audience at this brilliant venue. Habse-Theater also encourages amateur artists to showcase their talents. Besides hosting plays, this place also offers the theater space on rent for various events.
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.
Stadtcasino has a gem within it named Musiksaal which is known across the world as one of the best concert venues. Built in the 19th Century and designed by veteran architect, Johann Jakob Stehlin, this concert hall still manages to awe the visitors with its marble columns, portraits of music stalwarts adorning the walls and the beautiful chandeliers hanging from the high ceiling. While the baroque interiors exude a regal charm of the bygone era, the state-of-the-art lighting and acoustics add a mesmerizing effect to each performance held here. Watch a concert by some of the best names in music, and you are sure to have an experience never to forget.