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  • General Information

    Other Name: -, District: NA, State: NA, Switzerland
    Area: 22.75 kmĀ²
    Languages Spoken: German,French
    Long Distance Code: -
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    Best Time to Visit: April to June and August to the end of October.
    International Access: -
  • Description

    Basel is a city in Switzerland. Basel has a beautiful medieval old town center, a Carnival that ranks with those of Venice and Rio de Janeiro, and several world class art museums built by architects like Renzo Piano, Mario Botta and Herzog & De Meuron.
  • Location

    Basel is located along the Rhine river in northern Switzerland, at the intersection of France, Germany and Switzerland.
  • Climate

Situated on the Rhine, this ancient site features the refurbished remains of a Roman settlement originally established in 44-43 BC. The structure, which is made of more than 20 monuments, includes major sections of ancient town streets, walls, gates, water pipes, and heating systems.
The Basle Minster''s St Gallus doorway in the north transept (12th C.), with numerous Romanesque figures showing an archaic severity of style, is one of the oldest figured doorways in German-speaking territory.Between the slender columns on either side of the doorway are four figures, two on each side, identified by their symbols (the ox, the lion, the eagle and the angel) as Luke, Mark, John and Matthew. To right and left of the Evangelists are six tabernacles with representations of the Six Works of Mercy; above them are John the Baptist with the Lamb of God (left) and John the Evangelist; and above these figures again are two angels with the trumpets of the Last Judgment.The tympanum above the doorway depicts the Wise and Foolish
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Virgins, with Christ enthroned above them as the Judge of the world, flanked by Peter and Paul, who present to him the foundress and the sculptor. The large rose window above the St Gallus doorway symbolizes the Wheel of Fortune.
The Zoo is a deeply loved institution with a long tradition. It opened its gates on 3rd July 1874 and since then constantly increased in size and quality.The zoo is completely independent from public money.During the last 133 years many spectacular breeding successes could be celebrated, a big vivarium was connected to the zoo, with many fish and even sharks and animals.Especially children will have much fun, as there is a sector, where children can play with some animals.
Special interest museum features a historic variety of play objects including dolls, dollhouses, Teddy bears, carrousels and miniatures from all over the world.
The Kunstmuseum concentrates on two periods: from 1400 to 1600, and from 1800 to the present day. The medieval collection includes the world''s largest number of Holbein works. The smaller contemporary collection features Picassos and Rodins, and spills over into the Museum fur Gegenwartskunst.

mix of Gothic exteriors and Romanesque interiors. The tomb of the famous Renaissance humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam, who lived and died in the city, lies in the cathedral''s northern aisle.
To the east of St Alban''s Monastery in Basle, on the Gewerbebach, an old Gallician paper mill has been turned into the Museum of Writing, Printing and Paper demonstrating the individual processes.