Town Hall
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,835 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Basel's Rathaus is a 500 year old building located in the Marktplatz, Basel Switzerland. Built after the great earthquake of 1358, it is still the meeting place of the Cantonal Parliament and Government. Initial construction began in 1504-1514) under the architect Roman Faesch. The red sandstone facade sticks out amongst other period homes and businesses in the altstadt. It is open Mon-Fri 7=12. Fri 1-5 and closed Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free but be aware that the entire Rathaus is not open to tourists.

There are colorful motifs which mark the city's past to view. The courtyard which can be entered through one of three arches in the front of the building is open for viewing. Walking into the courtyard you will notice the statue of Lucis Munatius Plancus which pronounces Basel's Roman past. Justitia , the Roman Goddess of Justice), appears and is a familiar theme on the walls of the Rathaus. There are an abundance of frescos painted on the walls recognizing important former patrons of Basel. Some of the frescos are painted in the style of Trompe L'oeil by artist Hans Boch. Henrich the II and wife Gertrude Kunigunde of Luxembourg are painted near the clock. On the balcony you will find an inscription which reads, "Hie Schwetz Grund and Boden" There begins Swiss Land.
Written 21 May 2021
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schmidtmg
Switzerland1,090 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
The Basel Town Hall (Rathaus) is a historic - and colourful - building , more than 500 years old, located on the Market Square. There are guided tours, but even if you do not have the time to follow one of those or visit at a time no tour is offered, have a look around the inner courtyard of the building and the staircases. Everything has been meticulously restored, and for most of the wall paintings, sculptures etc., there are are bilngual panels describing the origins and history of the object....
Written 28 February 2022
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Jean-Carl D
31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Basel Town Hall was built in the early 16th century to celebrate Basel's accession to the Swiss Confederation. The building has an imposing facade with sculptures and a clock. The whole facade is unusual in that it is painted red, both outside and in the interior courtyard, which contains frescoes of historical figures from the 16th century. The Rathaus is adjacent to the Marktplatz (Market Square) where a selection of stalls sell snack foods.
Written 4 March 2021
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StevenKolsteren
Groningen, The Netherlands189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
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 century. The details are amazing as well as the amount of paintings. There is a free leaflet.
Written 21 July 2021
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maritimeexplorer
Nova Scotia, Canada4,128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The Basel Town Hall or Rathaus is one of most beautiful and interesting such buildings in Europe. The red exterior with its golden spire, murals, carvings and coats of arms is about as photographic as these places can be. The good news is that the interior is equally outstanding with the wooden Swiss guard, many more murals and interesting things to photograph. Tours of all parts of the building are available on Saturday. This is a must visit while in Basel.
Written 31 August 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
While I'm not that thrilled with the city of Basel, this Town Hall is certainly one of the most beautiful in all of Europe.
It dominates the central Marktplatz in it's red sandstone beauty with colored roof tiles. On the day of our visit there were no tours, but we could enter the inner courtyard seeing beautiful murals and sculptures.
Written 4 April 2022
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Deb H
Morris County, NJ64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
You have to take time to visit Town Hall. The building is still used today and we experienced sitting in the gallery as the council was in session. The murals are beautiful both in the courtyard and in the chambers. So much history so be sure and take a tour or grab a brochure.
Written 26 June 2022
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permia
Ireland63,228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
With its standout red sandstone façade it is an architectural jewel. A centrepiece in the popular square, it has an esteemed history.

Replacing an earlier one destroyed in the 1356 earthquake, it is beautifully ornate. An inner courtyard has an extravagance of frescos all relating tales of heroism and segments of history.

The roof is tiled in multicolours. A fine tower rises on one side and is crowned with an exquisite turret.
Written 4 January 2023
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR5,142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
The Rathaus (Town Hall) is an impressive red sandstone edifice in the Marktplatz square of Basel. I walked to Town Hall from the dock of our Viking River Cruise ship on a quiet Sunday morning on the last day of our river cruise. It was not open, so I was not able to view the murals I had read about. Still I enjoyed the peacefulness of the morning.
Written 5 September 2022
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,756 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We visited Marktplatz where there was a food market and where the Rathaus was located(city hall) Its an easy tram ride from the Basel SBB.

The Rathaus (City Hall) was built after an earthquake to replace the former seat of government.

In 1900 the building was extended to include the left-hand wing and the tower at the right.

This attractive 16th-century building has ornate red sandstone facade and is smothered in whimsical trompe l'œil frescos.

If in the Marktplatz area worth visiting this distinctive building.
Written 6 November 2022
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