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Do & See
Basel can look back on more than 2,000 years of history. A history that is still very much present today – surviving as it does in all the nooks and crannies of the city and forming an exciting contrast to the modern face of Basel. The heart of the city beats in Basel’s well-preserved, romantic Old Town: its narrow streets and hidden squares with more than 180 fountains are just as charming as its many centuries-old buildings and eye-catching sights, such as City Hall or Basel Cathedral.

The Rhine – our life line

If you visit Basel, you won’t be able to avoid the Rhine. Especially in the warm months, the banks of the river tempt you to sunbathe and relax, to rest or to swim. From the Kleinbasel Rhine side, you will have a unique panoramic view of the Grossbasel district with the Cathedral and Pfalz, of the Mittlere Brücke, the four ferries, picturesque half-timbered houses and baroque residences. You can let your eyes wander from various viewpoints, enjoy refreshment in numerous restaurants and cafes, or just sit in the sun by the river and become part of the picture.
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Kunstmuseum Basel

Starting in 2016, the Kunstmuseum Basel presents art in three different buildings: The Kunstmuseum Basel | Main Building, the Kunstmuseum Basel | New Building and the Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart, which is dedicated to contemporary art. Across Dufourstrasse, facing the Main Building and connected to it on the basement level, an exhibition building designed by the renowned Basel-based architecture firm Christ & Gantenbein rised that accommodates special exhibitions as well as presentations of art from the collections. The Kunstmuseum Basel ranks among the most renowned institutions of its kind in Europe and beyond. Its world-famous collection, the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, now encompasses around 4.000 paintings, sculptures, installations, and videos as well as 300.000 drawings and prints from seven centuries.
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Museum Tinguely

Situated directly on the Rhine, the Museum Tinguely, built after plans by the Ticinese architect Mario Botta, houses the greatest collection of works by Jean Tinguely (1925–1991), one of the most innovative and important Swiss artists of the 20th century. The permanent exhibition presents a survey of his oeuvre spanning four decades. Special exhibitions show a wide range of artists and subjects including Marcel Duchamp and Kurt Schwitters who influenced Tinguely significantly, companions such as Arman, Niki de Saint Phalle, Yves Klein as well as current art trends along Tinguely’s ideas.
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Zoo Basel

The Zoological Gardens, known affectionately as “Zolli” by Basel's inhabitants, opened in Basel in 1874 and is home to a large number of indigenous and exotic animals. Basel Zoo is a popular excursion destination and well worth a visit at any time of year. In the summer months the park is an ideal place to stroll in the open air, in the winter months the various animal houses guarantee up close and personal encounters with a wide variety of animals. If you wish to discover an underwater world, there are several underwater creatures to discover at the vivarium. The recently rebuilt lion enclosure, “Gamgoas”, and the newly opened monkey house are two attractions worth a special mention.
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Your personal guest card will be handed to you when you check in. The attractive features of the BaselCard include free use of public transport, free surfing on the guest WiFi plus a 50% discount on admission to Basel’s museums, Basel Zoo, Theater Basel and much more. So what are you waiting for? Discover Switzerland's capital of culture. With its multicultural diversity and passion for life, this bastion of art and architecture is sure to captivate you. The BaselCard will turn your trip into an unforgettable experience.
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