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Top Choice Museum in Basel

Vitra Campus

Showcasing the works of the adjoining, eponymous high-end furniture manufacturer, Vitra Campus comprises the dazzling Vitra Design Museum (of Guggenheim Bilbao architect Frank Gehry fame), the Vitra Haus and new-in-…
Top Choice European in Basel

Restaurant Stucki

Under the tutelage of chef Tanja Grandits, this long-lauded restaurant remains one of Basel's finest – dining here is an absolute treat. The signature Aroma Menu, featuring the likes of juniper honey mountain lamb a…
Top Choice Ruins in Basel

Augusta Raurica

About 17km east of Basel, on the Rhine's south bank, Switzerland’s largest Roman ruins are the last remnants of a colony founded in 43 BC, the population of which grew to 20,000 by the 2nd century AD. Today visitors…
Top Choice Museum in Basel

Fondation Beyeler

This astounding private-turned-public collection, assembled by former art dealers Hildy and Ernst Beyeler, is housed in a long, low, light-filled, open-plan building designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The va…
Top Choice Museum in Basel

Kunstmuseum Basel

Housing the most comprehensive collection of public art in Switzerland, this superb fine arts museum reopened in mid-2016 after updates to the existing galleries (Hauptbau) and construction of a new modernist wing (…
Top Choice Carnival in Basel


Basel's renowned 72-hour carnival kicks off at 4am on the Monday after Ash Wednesday with the Morgestraich, when streetlights are extinguished and a procession winds through the central district. Participants wear e…
Top Choice Museum in Basel

Museum Jean Tinguely

Built by leading Ticino architect Mario Botta, this museum showcases the playful, mischievous and downright wacky artistic concoctions of sculptor-turned-mad-scientist Jean Tinguely. Buttons next to some of Tinguely…
Top Choice Brasserie in Basel

Volkshaus Basel

This stylish Herzog & de Meuron–designed venue is part resto-bar, part gallery and part performance space. For relaxed dining, head for the atmospheric beer garden in a cobblestoned courtyard decorated with colu…
Top Choice Art in Basel

ART Basel

One of three international exhibits (the other two shows are in Miami and Hong Kong) showcasing the works of more than 4000 artists from almost 300 galleries, over a week in June.
Top Choice International in Basel

Restaurant Schlüsselzunft

Housed in a 15th-century guild house that had a neo-Renaissance remake early in the 20th century, this elegant restaurant includes an internal courtyard with sweeping staircase. The menu is replete with innovative f…