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.
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!
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 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. Work by Witz, Schongauer, Cranach, Grünewald and others also displays the renaissance's rich artistic traditions. 19th-century art is also featured 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 can abstract expressionist and pop art pieces. The building itself is almost cubic. Situated near the Wettsteingbridge, it also houses a library and copper-plate engraving cabinet.
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).
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.
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.