Basel – a place where art never stops
Russians call St. Petersburg the cultural capital of Russia: theaters, museums, cathedrals … But the Swiss have their own cultural capital. Located on the border with Germany and France, Basel is the third largest city in Switzerland, known worldwide for its many galleries, fairs, museums and other art events. Let’s discover the city of culture and art together!
Basel is so close to the border with France and Germany that you can easily go on a short trip to both countries and return home for dinner. Painted facades, miniature sculptures on the roofs, bridges, decorated with stone lace and majestic Rhine ferries, scurrying back and forth – it seems that this friendly town invites you to a leisurely stroll through the streets and squares, such as Marktplatz ( Marktplatz ) . They say all the streets of Basel will lead you here. On this charming square you will find a large market and the town hall – Rathaus ( the Rathaus ) – five hundred years of building, or more precisely, the castle, where are all the meetings of Parliament and Government. The motto of the city is engraved on the old walls of the town hall: Freiheit ist vor Silber und Gold – Freedom above silver and gold .
Basel residents really love freedom, and perhaps the best form this love could take was art. The city literally breathes art, countless exhibitions and other events in the field of art deserve a special visit to Basel. Now we will introduce you to some of them!
The Basel Museum of Art, known as the Kunstmuseum, is one of the largest and most significant art collections in Switzerland. The permanent exhibition includes the works of the greatest artists of the past and present. Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, Henri Russo, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, the Holbein family – and these are just a few names! Foundation Beyeler is Switzerland’s most visited gallery. Designed by the ingenious architect Renzo Piano, this exhibition center can impress even the most demanding visitors with its unique collection – about three hundred works of classical, modern and contemporary art. And, of course, the largest event in the art world that needs no introduction – Art Basel !
As you can see, traditions and new trends coexist perfectly in the culture of Basel. The same can be said of education. Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is the oldest in Switzerland. Over more than 550 years of existence, the university has become a major research center with modern equipment and an excellent academic program. His library is recognized as one of the most important in the world, and among the graduates of the University – six Nobel laureates!
Not interested in high arts and luxurious tricks? Basel can offer you many more interesting things! Visit the largest zoo in the country , enjoy the city scenery while riding on the ferry on the Rhine or swipe “the best three days” (as the locals call them) at the festival Fasnacht ( Fasnacht ) – Switzerland’s biggest festival! Starting from the XI century, the Swiss celebrate the end of winter with music, confetti, costume parades and fun – believe me, this is not to be missed!
Come to learn more about the cultural capital of Fantastic Switzerland!