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.
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.
Who knows if Jean Tinguely would have believed, had you told him that his creations would once be housed in such noble rooms? The museum building was opened by Mario Botta in 1996 and is sponsored by the local chemical company, Hoffman La Roche. Even the garden of the tower houses works of Tinguely in the shape of a fountain. A bigger version can be found on the Theaterplatz. Tinguely loved to make things, and the museum is full of his moving machine sculptures and sculptures that you can sometimes walkthrough. Children and adults alike love this museum and various exhibitions which highlight works by other artists similar to Tinguely complement the permanent exhibits.
Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig is entirely devoted to the historical origins and the development of art in the Mediterranean region. A range of special displays and temporary exhibitions make for a worth trip back into the history of the region. You will find a range of exotic displays ranging from 4B.C to 6 A.D that will allow you to delve deeper into Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Etruscan cultures.
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 Catholic Antoniuskirche is one of the earliest examples of a church made of concrete. Built in 1925-1927, this church was designed by Karl Moser with his passion for novelty, which he displayed well into his 70's. The church is obviously influenced by industrial buildings. The bright interior can be compared with an aircraft hangar. Most of the building is at the smae height as those surrounding it, only the 70 meter tall north tower provides a view.
Literature is alive; it doesn't need a museum, but a place for authors and readers to meet. The Christoph Merian Foundation and and a group of supporters have set up just such a place: Literaturhaus Basel. Lectures, meetings with authors, exhibitions and much more are all part of the plans here. The building also acts as a home and workplace for the author in residence who changes every few months. A small library where books can be exchanged, has also been created. There are many strong points, not to mention the in-house journal, which is run by nine young people.
Being one of the biggest cultural hubs of Switzerland, Basel has various venues to offer where you can get a glimpse of the artistic talents of the city. One such venue is the Bischofshof Münstersaal, where various events take place. The main programs organized here are musical be it a rock concert or an orchestra playing the 9th Symphony. A great place to be when you are in need for something different.
Schänzli is a fascinating venue where mainly equestrian events take place. Other than horse riding, there are various other sporting events that take place here too, thus, making the Schänzli one of the most versatile sporting venues in Basel. The venue with a comfortable seating arrangement is packed to its capacity during regular event days, so if you are keen on watching some action on this distinguished ground, make sure you buy your tickets in advance. For further details on up coming events, do check their website.
Stadtkirche St. Martin is one of the oldest Catholic churches in the old town of Rheinfelden. The church dates back to the early 11th Century and is designed in Baroque style, coupled with strong Gothic influences. Over the centuries, the main building has undergone several changes, with a high altar and a large choir being erected later. Stadtkirche St. Martin caters to a small but beautiful parish; prayer services, community programs and choir events keep the church busy. It also doubles up as a wonderful space for music concerts and live performances. Call church parish for more information.
The Wanderwege Beider Basel is a company that organizes trails and hikes in Basel, since Basel has various trails that lead you to glorious destinations. They provide hikes and nature walks catering to professionals as well as beginners. The company not only guides you to various unexplored spots but also makes you aware of nature and environment conservation. For further details, do visit their website.