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Sightseeing in Basel - what to see. Complete travel guide

Swiss city Basel is divided into two parts by the Rhine River. So called Big Basel is considered the historical center of the city. Located on south-west, this is a picturesque pedestals only zone that traditionally attracts both locals and tourists by its clean air and rich flora. The symbol of Big Basel is the Cathedral that can be seen even from the opposite bank of the river.
Basel has a decent selection of luxury hotels that will delight discerning guests with a variety of services and luxurious furnishings. A conference center is merged with a luxury hotel … Open
The second part of the city (Small Basel) is connected with the historical center by the steel rope, along which moves a ferryboat. The ferry is moved exclusively by water stream, so even such type of transport is absolutely environment friendly. Small Basel is famous by multiple museums, with such places as the Museum of the Natural History, Swiss National Museums and the Museum of Cultures to be the most famous and frequently visited. The first museum will invite you with a rich collection of minerals, while the Museum of Cultures will provide you with the opportunity to watch picturesque Alpine landscapes and pictures of Gruyere and Appenzell.
Paper making is a traditional craft of people residing in Basel. First paper manufactures appeared here in the XV century. If you want to know more about this process with both historical outlook and modern technologies, you should visit St. Alban quarter. This district is still a home for multiple craft and souvenir shops that work since medieval times. The Museum of Paper is located nearby and it exhibits rich collection of artifacts and documents featuring the work of first paper makers. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Basel is home to the world-famous historical amenity. Hotel Alfa is considered one of the oldest guest houses of the city. That’s a part of Hotelleriesuisse network, so it can be named … Open
Basel is widely known as a wonderful destination for tourists with kids. The city has numerous attractions for children and Zolli Zoo is one of them. Tourists, who enjoy shopping activities, will definitely like a huge market square in the center of Big Basel.
In Basel there is a beautiful zoo, a visit which will provide you with a lot of impressions. Its opening was held back in 1874, the zoo area is over 13 hectares. Currently there are more than 7000 animals belonging to 600 different species. This zoo is incredibly beautiful with thousands of trees and ornamental plants planted in its territory, and even equipped with excellent recreational areas for visitors. Today the zoo in Basel is one of the best zoos in Europe, it is visited by about two million people each year. 
A miniature hotel 3 Camere occupies a special place among the most romantic accommodation places in Basel. Three of its charming guest rooms are situated in an old brick building constructed … Open
The city has preserved part of the old fortifications, close to the Duomo are Spalentor gates. They were built in the 14th century, and like many years ago, today the gates are striking in their scope and impressive view. The height of the central tower of the gate is 40 meters, the appearance of this building virtually unchanged. 
Mittlere Brucke A very unusual Doll Museum is open in Basel; it is the largest museum of its kind in Europe. Its halls present more than 6000 antique toys, the age of some of them is more than 150 years. This museum will be interesting to visit not only for tourists with kids, but also for adults, it is very popular among collectors. Here you can see rare antique dolls, handmade soft toys that are sewn over a hundred years ago, as well as incredibly beautiful dollhouses. 
Basel is interesting not only for its stores and shopping centers, but for markets as well. Zentral Halle market is one of the best in the city. This historic market is well-known for the … Open
Among the religious monuments deserves special attention the Church of St. Elizabeth. This is the largest church in Switzerland, built in neo-Gothic style, its construction was completed in 1864 and took just 7 years. The Church was able to almost completely preserve its unique interior trim, and today visitors can admire the skilful altar stained-glass windows and see the old organ. The current church is largely focused on tourists, a part of the historic buildings occupied by a small cafe, and there is even an observation deck. To climb it, visitors must overcome the 228 steps of the steep spiral staircase. 
Les Trois Rois Another curious symbol of Basel is the Les Trois Rois Hotel, the first mention of which relates to 1681. This wonderful historic hotel is functioning now, its rooms with unique interior booked many months in advance.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Basel and surroundings

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Basel
♥   Shopping area ' Marktplatz' Basel, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Eisengasse' Basel, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area 'Gerbergasse' Basel, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Freie Strasse' Basel, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Steinenvorstadt' Basel, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Basel
♥   Castle 'Münchenstein Castle' , 5.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Vordere Birseck Castle' , 7.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Frohberg Castle' , 10.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Rötteln Castle' , 10.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Landskron' Haut-Rhin, 10.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Basel
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Ballons des Vosges' , 63.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Schwarzwald' , 68 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   World Heritage Site 'Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch' , 125.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Basel and around
♥   Art museum 'Kunstmuseum' Basel, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museum of Contemporary Art' Basel, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museum Tinguely' Basel, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Beyeler Foundation' Riehen, 5.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Colmar is often compared with Venice because of an abundance of channels. The city even has a scenic area called Little Venice that is one of the most visited tourist destinations. The main value of the town is a number of well-preserved medieval buildings, which makes it different from many other modern cities. The permanent symbols of Colmar are House of heads, the Church of St. Matthew, which was built in the 13th century, as well as the Dominican monastery, which is a unique monument of the 13th century. Colmar is a real open-air museum sharing its unique cultural and gastronomic traditions. … Read further
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