Basel, art dépot
Architecture, art and 40 museums, all concentrated in a very small area. The third biggest city in Switzerland is an ‘ all you can eat’ for the mind. A pure city of art, over time Basel has managed to reconcile history and modernity. The home of Basel World and Art Basel— two of the most important fairs in the world dedicated respectively to luxury watches and modern and contemporary art, including design— Basel offers a wealth of things to see and do, not just temporary happenings, with 40 museums squeezed into a surface area of only 37 km. Art& Architecture Starting with the impressive Kunstmuseum, divided into the three maxi galleries Hauptbau, Gegenwart and Neubau. Then the Beyeler Foundation, built to plans by Renzo Piano, or the Tinguely Museum, dedicated to the Swiss sculptor and designed by Mario Botta. The new additions are, however, outside the centre, in the Dreispitz ( German for triangle) district, an urban site conceived as a ‘ campus of the image’ that includes, as well as Helsinki Dreispitz, the FHNW Academy of Arts, the Bibliothek für Gestaltung and the HEK museum of electronic music. Sport& Wellness The latest creations by architects and patrons of the city include the natural swimming pools Naturbad Riehen on the banks of the Rheine. Shopping The multi- brand Ahoi Ahoi belonging to Josina Schiff and Alexa Früh and Bettina Ginsberg’s Grimsel are worth a visit. Restaurants& Hotels Dinner at Volkshaus Basel is recommended. Two places to sleep: the design hotel Nomad and, for lower budgets, the St. Alban Youth Hostel. Because Basel is much more accessible and socially inclined than you would think.