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An ancient fortification, the Rötteln Castle is a ruinous structure dating back to the 11th Century. The castle was built completely in stone. The first destruction hit the castle when an earthquake took place in Basel in 1356. It was restored in a few years. The castle was occupied by the Swedish troops in the 17th Century. After sustaining damages in 1678, the castle could not be restored again. The ruins, however, are well preserved and are a major attraction today.
The Augusta Raurica is a rich source of information for those interested in learning more about ancient Roman history and civilization. Take a walk down time and experience the baths which have still been maintained like they were, hundreds of years go. The museum is always crowded with school children on educational excursions or with travelers. Also check out the excavations, the silver collection and the 'house zoo'.
Museum für Musikautomaten is home to a multitude of musical machines that make this museum a popular tourist hub of the country. The museum houses a collection of machines and trinkets that play music, including music boxes and jewelery. With its wide range of musical clocks, dials, watches and instruments among a range of other musical inventions, this museum will amaze you with its impressive collection.
Wildenstein Castle is an ancient work of architecture, standing proudly on a hill in the Basel region, south of Bubendorf. This majestic residential tower was built in the 13th Century and is frequently visited by avid hikers and trekkers. It is known to be the last inhabited castle in the canton of Basel. Having been acquired by the local council in 1995, the Castle is now regularly used for social and cultural events such as the Wildenstein festival, musical events and plays. For children who visit this location, there is a serene playground right outside the Castle and is fully equipped with various slides and sand boxes. There exists a large festive hall with a capacity of 100 people on the 2nd floor, a large dining and small dining room with capacities of 48 and 12, a private dining area for 16 people, Green room for speeches and voicing out issues, a cafeteria from 11:00a through 4:00p, a huge patio and a courtyard. The entire castle can be taken up for rent, or if you want any of the rooms in particular, you can opt for it at a reasonable rate.
The city's darling wine producer, Buess, Weinbau und Weinhandel AG are the creators of some of the most popular brands of wine in the country. While placing the city on the map has been their main aim, this winery infuses the essence of Sissach in each batch, through quality local ingredients. Using the best the land has to offer and putting it together with classic, wine-making techniques, seldom does this winery fail to produce a simply scintillating batch of wine. Regular tours of the winery and vineyard offer a first hand experience of the stages and procedures that go into conjuring a flawless batch of wine.
The Jura Observatory is formerly known as the Observatoire astronomique jurassien. This astronomical observatory is located in the Jura canton of Switzerland. Housed near Vicques, the observatory is managed by Société Jurassienne d'Astronomie. Interestingly, in the year 2008, a periodic comet was discovered here. Check website for information on operating hours and desired permissions required to access the observatory.