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Culture and Arts

In Basel you can live and breathe art and culture.

The city is rightly referred to as the cultural capital of Switzerland. Not only is this evident as you stroll downtown, but also in the variety of museums containing an inspiring and outstanding array of artefacts.


From the Doll’s House Museum on Barfüsserplatz, to Steinenberg and the Swiss Architecture Museum, or to Riehen and the Fondation Beyeler with its unique collection from the era of classical modernity and spectacular selection of special exhibits. (Copyright Fotos: Basel Tourimus)

Fondation Beyeler

In building Renzo Piano's museum in 1997, the Fondation Beyeler made its collection accessible to the public. The 230-odd works of classic modernism reflect the views of Hildy and Ernst Beyeler on 20th-century art and highlight features typical of the period from Monet, Cézanne and van Gogh to Picasso, Warhol, Lichtenstein and Bacon. The paintings appear alongside some objects of tribal art from Africa, Oceania and Alaska.


Das Goetheanum in Dornach ist das Zentrum der anthroposophischen Lehre von Rudolf Steiner. Copyright: Goetheanum

Vitra Design Museum

The Vitra Design Museum, housed in a building by Californian architect Frank Gehry, is one of the world's leading museums of industrial furniture design and architecture. Along with a changing programme of exhibitions, the Vitra Design Museum organizes workshops and issues publications as well as special edition pieces. www.design-museum.de

Musiksaal, Basler Stadt-Casinos

Der Historische Musiksaal des Basler Stadt-Casinos gehört akustisch zu den zehn besten Musiksälen der Welt. Copyright: Stadtcasino Basel, Basler Gesangverein


Spalentor, eines der einst sieben Basler Stadttore. Errichtet im 14. Jahrhundert. Copyright: Christian Lichtenberg