Basel is the third-largest city in Switzerland and is located on the banks of the Rhine on the border of Switzerland, Germany and France. Although Basel is an industrial city, it is also very important culturally. The 30 museums, the university and the taste for contemporary art make it a dynamic city. Some of the popular tourist attractions in Basel are:
1. Basel Minster:
The Münster is the largest church in Basel, a Romanesque and Gothic cathedral built-in 1019-1500. On one side of the main entrance, you can see Saint Martin sharing his clothes. On the other side, Georg the Dragon Slayer. The door on the side of the building has the wheel of fortune. The 20-meter long terrace also offers a beautiful view of the Rhine and the German Black Forest.
2. Zoological garden:
The Basel Zoo was established in 1874 and is one of the largest and best known in the world for breeding endangered species. This zoo covers an area of eleven hectares and has around 4,500 animals of around six hundred different species. You can enjoy a spectacle of trained elephants and sea lions performing different tricks. The Vivarium is also very rich – filled with everything from penguins to reptiles. It is the most popular paying attraction in Basel.
3. Beyeler Foundation:
It is an important collection of works from the 19th century, founded by Ernest and Hildy Beyeler. To date, they have assembled one of the largest private art collections in the country. This impressive collection includes works by van Gogh, Kandinsky, Andy Warhol, Max Ernst, Edgar Degas, Alexander Calder, Mark Rothko, Georges Seurat, Georges Braque and Jackson Pollock. All the works of these artists are exceptional, in particular, “La femme en vert” by Picasso from 1944.
4. St. Jakob Arena:
The St. Jakob Arena is a huge ice stadium on the south-eastern outskirts of Basel. It is used for many of the city’s biggest sporting events, especially ice hockey matches, as it is home to a leading Swiss ice hockey team. Built-in 2002 and with a capacity of just over 6,300 people, it also hosts a series of large rock concerts and is well connected to public transport in the region.