Zoologischer Garten Basel
The Zoologischer Garten, opened in 1874, is one of the greatest zoos in the world, famous for breeding endangered species in captivity. Covering 26 acres in an urban setting with just a 7-minute walk to the railway station, it has some 4,500 animals of 600 different species. Trained elephants and sea lions perform tricks and the Vivarium is filled with everything from penguins to reptiles.
Some half a century ago, Ernest and Hildy Beyeler set out to acquire some modern paintings to decorate their home. By the turn of the millennium, they had collected one of the greatest private art collections of Switzerland, which they now share with the public in the suburb of Riehen, 15 minutes by tram from the centre near the Swiss borders with France and Germany. See some of the biggest names in art - Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Georges Seurat, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Joan Miró, Léger, Max Ernst, van Gogh, Kandinsky, Edgar Degas, Cézanne, Alexander Calder, and Georges Braque among others. Under 25s will get free entry if you show ID.
Kunstmuseum (Fine Arts Museum)
The oldest museum in Switzerland, offering one of Europe's most remarkable collections - everything from the old masters to 20th-century paintings. You approach the massive building through a courtyard graced with sculptures by Rodin, Calder, and others. The collections represent the development of art in the Upper Rhine Valley from the 14th to the 17th centuries, as well as works by outstanding modern artists.
Cathedral and Pfalz
The most dominant landmark in the city has to be the cathedral, looming over everything with its sandstone walls and twin towers. Located behind this, the Pfalz is a peaceful terrace which offers seating complete with fantastic views over the Rhine.
Basel is home to one of the best preserved and prettiest Old Towns in Europe. Many of the buildings date back to the 15th century and these are interspersed with modern architecture that has been created by some of the world’s best architects. The Old Town also features the Town Hall. A characteristic building, it is covered in interesting frescoes and has a beautiful red façade.
Jean Tinguely designed this water feature to be a peaceful place for residents and visitors to take a break. The water travels around various different contraptions, putting a smile on everyone’s face.
A quirky means of transport that has survived the years, four ‘Fahrimaa’ (river ferries) will help you cross the Rhine. These boats can be summoned by using the bell on either bank and are propelled by nothing but the current of the water.
This bridge was first built in 1226 and remains one of the oldest crossings over the Rhine. In the middle, there is a reconstructed version of the chapel (the Käppelijoch) which once stood on the bridge.
The ‘Gate of Spalen’ is one of three gates in the old walls of the city, built in 1400. It is regarded as the most beautiful of that that remain and stands tall in the Old Town.
The Dreiländereck is located in the north of the city and is the point where Germany, France and Switzerland meet. It is a great place for a photo opportunity and somewhere you can be in three places at once.
A museum dedicated to the man who created Basel’s playful fountain. There are many works by Jean Tinguely here, along with temporary exhibitions by other artists.