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.
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 Barfüsserplatz's Historisches Museum Basel is located in a historical building, the Barfüsserkirche. One of the largest museums of Switzerland, the highlights of the museum are the Basel Minster Treasure, various impressive glass paintings, and fragments of the Basel Dance of Death from the disappeared cemetery wall of the Predigerkloster. Historisches Museum Basel has a huge exhibition area of 6200 meters (20,341 feet).
Discover the best of Basel, and make Free Walking Tour your travel partner. It provides tours in this lovely city, which borders France and Germany. Downtown Basel, Little Basel, Historic Basel, Modern Art Tour, Tour of Jewish Basel are a few places you will be taken to. Tours go on from 1.5 to 2 hours, and starts on Sundays at 1p. Their tours are not only informative, but also exciting, as you get to explore the culture of the place. You are given background information before you start your trip, so that you get a better understanding of the city.
Zoologischer Garten Basel 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 in the store are a range of tour programs which attract large crowds. A large share of visitors here are students from various educational institutes. The diversity of animal species and the quality facilities offered here make this place distinct. Pay a visit to this place to encounter creatures such as Meerkats, Rhinos, Cheetahs, Okapi and many more.
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.
Basler Kinder Theater hosts educating and entertaining plays for children with an aim to introduce these young minds to the entertaining world of theater. And the whole experience does not end at merely watching a play. In fact, a small talk is conducted between the theater manager and the children at the end of each play. Besides letting the children's imagination run wild, this activity also improves the socializing skills of these kids at a very young age. All in all, a fun package for these tiny tots!
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.
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.