Constructionist Approaches to Language Pedagogy 2

About Basel

Basel is Switzerland's third biggest city (behind Zürich and Geneva) with about 195,000 inhabitants. The University of Basel is the oldest university of the Swiss Confederation.

City map:

City Guide Basel App:


Drinking water

No need to buy bottled water, the tap water in Basel and its surroundings is drinkable.

The public fountains in the city also provide drinking water.



Basel features a great number of heritage sites of national significance, including the cathedral (, the City Hall/Market Square (, and the entire Old Town. Basel is also host to an array of buildings by internationally renowned architects, including the Beyeler Foundation by Renzo Piano and buildings by Mario Botta (Jean Tinguely Museum) as well as by Herzog & De Meuron.

More information:



Basel is a very lively city and one of the most important cultural centres of Switzerland ( The city and its surroundings comprise a large number of theatres, galleries, and museums, e.g.

Fondation Beyeler, Riehen:

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein:

Kunstmuseum Basel:

The Kunstmuseum Basel ranks among the most renowned institutions of its kind in Europe and beyond. Its world-famous collection, the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, now encompasses around 4.000 paintings, sculptures, installations, and videos as well as 300.000 drawings and prints from seven centuries. With the inauguration of the new building and the reopening of the refurbished main building in April 2016, the Kunstmuseum Basel now has three exclusive venues.

Find an overview of the current exhibitions at Fondation Beyeler, Vitra Design Museum, Tinguely Museum, and Kunstmuseum as well as their guided tours on Sunday, June 12, here [PDF (199 KB)].

Consider also visiting the new exhibition at Schaulager, the stunning building by Herzog and de Meuron that hosts the private collection of contemporary art (especially installations) of the Hoffmann collection. Open for special exhibitions only, as of Sunday sculptures by Katharina Fritsch: (opening hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)


Summer in Basel

The Rhine contributes greatly to the quality of life in Basel. In the summer months, you should at least have a walk along the river banks, a drink at one of the refreshment stalls ("Buvetten"), and maybe even a swim in the Rhine:

Please take note of the security guidelines [PDF (1.1 MB)] for swimmers in the Rhine.

see also (German version)

and (English version)

The funny colorful bags that local swimmers use to take their clothes and belongings with them into the water are called "Wickelfisch": They are for sale at the refreshment stalls, at the tourist information, and at a range of shops (e.g. Manor, Bider & Tanner etc.).


Eating & Drinking

The following table presents a selection of restaurants, cafés, and bars; for more information see:


Kaffeehaus Mitte Gerbergasse 30

coffee, apéro
La FourchetteKlybeckstr. 122

weekends: brunch
Ca'puccinoFalknerstr. 24"best coffee in town"
Eiscafé AceroRheingasse 13 cream, cakes, sandwiches
Santa PastaSt. Johanns Vorstadt 13; Rheingasse 47

Manger & BoireGerbergasse 81, pasta, main courses
Zum IsaakMünsterplatz 16 and dinner menues
BooKlybeckstr. 86www.boobasel.chasian: wok, soups, noodles, curries
Thai HouseClarastr. 34 restaurant & take away
TibitsStänzlergasse 4 food/brunch
VapianoUntere Rebgasse 8, pasta, risotto
LatiniFalknerstr. 31, pasta, risotto, fish and meat dishes
CO13Colmarerstrasse 13, two main courses per day, cakes
NoohnHenric Petri-Strasse 12"euro-asian", sushi
Teufelhof/Restaurant AtelierLeonhardsgraben 49 for middle and generous budgets
KulturbeizBurgweg 15

drinks, lunch and dinner menue
Buvette Kaserne, Oetlinger, FloraUnterer Rheinweg, sandwiches
MarinaUferstr. 80
KaBarKlybeckstr. 1b
VeronicaSt. Alban-Rheinweg 195 on top of the public Rhine swimming baths