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Rathaus, Basel

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Admire the colorful motifs on the facade of the bright red Rathaus. City hall since the 14th century, this 500-year-old building features illustrations of people and events marking the city's eventful past. Walk the courtyard in front of the building to see more paintings of the past, and enjoy the seasonal farmer's market. Note that entry into the building itself is limited to specific hours, so check the website for hours and updated tour schedules prior to your visit. The city offers tours in German at particular times. Use our Basel trip itinerary builder app to visit Rathaus on your trip to Basel, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Basel Town Hall (German: Rathaus Basel) is the historic seat of the City Council of the city of Basel, Switzerland. It represents one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture in Switzerland. 😉  more »
  • The Rathaus is in the middle of the square and shines alike a colorful jewel. In the inner court you can look around for free, climb some stairs and study the wall paintings originating from the 16th....  more »
  • Clearly the most impressive and beautiful building in Basel. The courtyard is fully open to visitors and is beyond description. The interior can be visited, but only at certain hours so you should check in advance.
  • Beautiful building in the center of the Basel old town. The art pictures on the walls of the city hall is truly beautiful. If you ever visit Basel you should definitely go to this place and see for yourself how beautiful it is. When you Walt through the old town you cannot oversee it.

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