The Best of Basel
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
Famed for its art museums and galleries, stunning modern architecture and design centers, and the cobblestoned medeival streets of its Old Town – this compact city straddling the banks of the Rhine River begs to be explored, which can easily (and best) be done by foot.
Vorder Brüglingen 5, 4052 Basel, Switzerland
The botanical gardens at Brüglingen are a year-round treat, home to a variety of plants from around the world. The park is also an occasional venue for various concerts and events, such as classical music on Sundays, June through August. A ramble...
St. Alban-Tal 37, 4052 Basel, Switzerland
Within the walls of a fascinating medieval mill, in an authentic setting, the visitor will learn from hand-made paper to finished books. Set out on four floors, the museum presents living workshops where skills are shown "in action" alongside...
Münsterpl. 16, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
This restaurant on Münsterplatz is a year-round favorite, set in one of the stately houses of Basel’s old town. With two outdoor seating areas, it and transitions well into the warmer season, and is a great place for summertime people-watching....
Baselstrasse 101, 4125 Basel, Switzerland
Expect to see Alexander Calder mobiles mixed into a Peter Fischli and David Weiss display, or pieces by Paul Klee and Claude Monet side by side with contemporary artworks from Wolfgang Tillmans. There’s no one set theme at the Fondation...
The quiet terrace at Restaurant Waldhaus overlooks the Rhine. For a fish fancier, the Egli fillets are done to a turn, and there is an extensive, meaty menu as well. Good food and a dreamy setting between river and forest make Waldhaus special for...
Charles-Eames-Straße 2, 79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany
Just across the border from Basel, Switzerland, sits the Vitra Design Museum. Housing one of the finest collections of modern design and architecture, the main museum building was designed by Frank Gehry, and the collection includes more than...
Rheingasse 12, 4058 Basel, Switzerland
If you are looking for a high-quality hotel in Basel, the Krafft is a wonderful choice — but it seems less like a luxury hotel and more like the apartment of your dreams. Vitra furniture and small touches like wine bottle openers and cutlery,...
St. Johanns-Vorstadt 29, 4056 Basel, Switzerland
"Zur Mägd" is a Baseldütsch phrase for a farmer’s helper, and this tavern in Basel’s old town churns out exceptional food that is hearty and down-home enough to feed farmhands, but still elegant enough to satisfy CEOs of...
Blumenrain 8, 4001 Basel, Switzerland
One of the oldest hotels in Europe—the first official record of its existence is from 1681—the Hotel Les Trois Rois is not only named after three kings but has hosted many royals over the centuries, among them Napoleon on a visit in 1797 and, more...
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