Top 10 Things To Do In Basel

This article lists some of the more popular and unique places to visit if a person is traveling to Basel, Switzerland.

What are some of the most popular tourist destinations in Basel? This town, situated in northwest Switzerland not only has the distinction of being located on the Rhine River but also borders the countries of Germany and France. Although Basel is small compared to many of the world's major cities, it still has much to offer travelers.

Munster. This cathedral made of red sandstone is known for its two uneven towers and magnificent architecture. Originally constructed around 1020, the cathedral was damaged by an earthquake in the 14th century. Now rebuilt, Munster is the location of the final resting place of the Dutch theologian, Erasmus of Rotterdam, who died in Basel in the 1500s. Visitors will be particularly interested in the cathedral's pulpit. Constructed in 1486, the pulpit was created from one single stone.

Basler Zoologischer Garten. Travelers of all ages will enjoy Basel's unique zoo. Created in 1874, it is considered one of the top zoos in the world due to its work with breeding endangered animals. The Basler Zoologischer Garten spans over 26 acres and is home to over 4,500 animals ranging from elephants to pythons.

Karikatur and Cartoon Museum. One of the more unique destinations in Basel is the Karikatur and Cartoon Museum. The museum is situated in reconstructed buildings with architecture resembling a gothic theme. Visitors to the museum will be intrigued by the various displays of caricatures and cartoons from the early 1900s to present.

Naturhistorisches. Naturhistorisches is Basel's natural history museum. Travelers to the museum will find a wide array of displays that include fossils and dinosaurs. A variety of local animals can be found in the museum's terrariums.

Historisches Museum Barfusserplatz. Basel's history museum is found in a refurbished Franciscan church that was constructed in the 1300s. A number of relics and sculptures are on display in the museum. The museum's most popular display is the bust of St. Ursula. Adorned with silver and gold, the bust contains the relics of the area's patron saint.

Puppehaus Museum. Children won't be the only ones entertained by a visit to Basel's doll and toy museum. The Puppehaus Museum has over two hundred European style dolls, teddy bears and mignonettes from the 1800s and 1900s on display for the public's enjoyment.

Rhine River. The Rhine River is one of the most infamous bodies of water in Europe. The Rhine River winds through many infamous cities including Basel. Cruises along the Rhine River are a favorite pastime for many travelers. The Basler Personenschiffahrt provides day and evening cruises along the river. Visitors can expect a relaxing cruise along with dinner and entertainment.

Kunst Museum. This fine arts museum is the oldest of its kind in Switzerland. Visitors can see how the region's art has evolved from the medieval times to present via a vast display of art and sculptures by some of the world's greatest artists including Picasso and Van Gogh.

Museum Kleines Klingental. Originally the site of a 13th century convent, the museum gives visitors the chance to witness what life was like that era. Travelers can view a number of exhibits including the dining facilities and cells of the convent. Visitors can also see a number of religious sculptures and exquisite architecture.

Beyeler Foundation. People traveling to Basel will want to take time to visit the Beyeler Foundation. Ernst Beyeler, who still runs a gallery in the vicinity, began collecting various works of art over fifty years ago. Today, his displays of works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso make up one of the greatest privately owned art collections in the world.

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