Cartoonmuseum Basel numbers a collection of over 3000 original drawings, which was first started in 1979 by the Basel caricaturist Jürg Spahr at the request of Dieter Burckhardt. Although there are not a large number of them, the mainly 20th-century drawings are all of high quality. The collection at Caricature and Cartoon Museum Basel has been located in a building with late Medieval roots in St. Alban Vorstadt since 1996. The museum shop has an excellent stock related to cartoons and caricature.
A vast stretch of lush green grass and trees, Margarethenpark is a great place to seek peaceful respite from your daily life.The expansive park beckons with its walking paths, meadows and forests but it's really all about the skateboarding. The park's Kunsteisbahn is a popular venue for ice skating, skateboarding and other things of that nature. Make sure that you are bundled up in warm clothing as the weather can get really frosty.
Surrounding the majestic Schönau Castle is the beautiful Schlosspark. This fabulous landscaped park is peppered with colorful flowers, a waterfall and cobbled paths, that make it a perfect getaway from the bustling city. A site soaked in history, the park has been witness to number of key events of the castle and its resident's history. Although largely used for recreational purposes, it also plays host to a number of cultural and social events.
A patch of green in the city of Riehen, Sarasinpark offers the perfect getaway from the regular. Peppered with a number of colorful flowers and blossoming trees, this is try a treat to the eyes. Inspired by the French and English castle gardens, the 2.6 hectare (6.4 acre) park features Baroque garden and estate-style parks that evoke a sense of nostalgia. With a number of shaded areas and a vast stretches of lush laws, this is a great spot for a quick picnic or a quiet evening stroll.
The Rheinbrücke, also known as the Mittlere Brücke, has existed in its current form since 1903-1905. Apart from the small chapel in the middle of the bridge, there is now very little left to suggest its rich history. The first wooden bridge was built in 1225 by Bishop Heinrich von Thun. It was the only bridge over the Rhine for miles around, which brought great wealth and importance to the city. The Käppelijoch chapel was built in 1356. Next to it was a place of execution, where criminals were tossed into the Rhine. Too many people survived this torture, so in 1634 they changed the punishment to beheading.
The Barfüsserplatz is the square that lies in front of the Barfüsserkirche, a church with history going all the way back to the 13th Century. Part of the Historisches Museum Basel resides in the Barfüsserkirche. It is a regular visited destination due to the museum and the church in its vicinity. Due to its city central location, it is a landmark for many other events and social meetings of the city.
Schönes Haus is a beautiful old house in Basel which was built in the 14th century by its first owner Konrad Ludwig. Miraculously it survived the disastrous earthquake of 1356 which reduced most of the city to rubble. A number of paintings are still visible in 2 of the rooms in this house; images of the signs of the Zodiac, mythical creatures and fairies grin down at you as you walk through this historic house. Over the ages, it has been constantly reinvented and the myriad of architectural styles shine through till this day. Well worth a visit!
Martinskirche or St. Martin's Church dates back to the 12th Century and is considered one of the oldest churches in the region. Though the chancel and the bottom of the tower date back to the 13th Century, the church was majorly damaged in the 1356 earthquake and was rebuilt to its present facade in the later part of the 14th Century. The interiors of this stunning church are adorned with many artifacts collected from over the centuries which lure many art and culture enthusiasts. Besides being a place of worship, this church is a venue for several music concerts.
Weisses und Blaues Haus or White and Blue House are one of the most visited tourist spots in Basel. Built way back in the 18th century, these house were decorated in white and blue and so earned their respective names. Two silk merchants Lukas and Jakob Sarasin were the owners when these houses were first built. Today they are home to the Department of Economics, Social and Environment.
Jean Cocteau? Basel? Surely they have nothing in common! Cocteau had many sides, writer, poet, film-maker, and much more. Max Madöry, a native of Basel, explores all of these in his small museum, known as the Cocteau-Kabinett. It's rarely open, but well worth a visit, even if you're not a Cocteau enthusiast: films, lithographs, photos, and lots of literature have been collected and are lovingly displayed here. Call for more details.