Situated at the confluence of
This strong democratic heritage eventually led
Today, with more than forty first-rate museums, there are statistically more high quality museums in
The Uffizi and the Prado,
Among other exhibitions throughout the city visitors will find a doll museum, a toy museum, a printing museum, a contemporary art museum, the
Native son Ernst Beyeler, who died in 2010, became world famous as a collector and was instrumental in beginning an International Arts Fair in
Beyeler’s own museum, which took years for him to find the ideal location, features 20th century art containing works from his private collection plus traveling exhibitions as well.
Jean Tinguely’s Museum filled with all manner of whimsical gadgets and contraptions made from scrap metal is a delight. Tinguely was also a Basler and his museum was designed by world-renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta.
You can view Tinguely’s work at his fountain in the center of
If you visit
The first hour costs $165 while the second, and any hours beyond, are $110. Fondue, bread and wine will cost approximately $45 per person, so a two-hour outing for ten people runs about $72.50 each (www.basel.com).
Don’t miss Johann Wanner’s Christmashouse shops featuring every Christmas decoration imaginable. Wanner is the world’s largest manufacturer of handmade Christmas decorations and his year-round collection includes Faberge eggs, cuckoo clocks, miniature figurines, ceramics, and wreaths.
The larger collection, Weihnachtshaus, is located at Spalenberg 14, while a second shop featuring a lovely café, Weihnachtsstuben and Weihnachtkaffee, is just down the street about two minutes away at Schneidergasse 7 (www.johannwanner.ch/) (*Note: The website is written in German)
Stay at the Art Hotel Teufelhof (www.teufelhof.com/en/teufelhof.html) which means Devil’s House when translated. This delightful three-star gem was the fulfillment of a dream in 1989 by Monica and Dominique Thommy-Kneschaurek. Hotel Teufelhof even has its own theater for the performing arts.
Each room in this quaint nine-room hideaway is created by a different artist who is allowed a maximum of one month to complete his or her room design. Rooms are redone roughly every two years.
Rates range from $195 to $705 for a double or from $165 to $630 for a single. All rooms are non-smoking rooms and include breakfast buffet, VAT, taxes and service charge.
Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in Charlotte, NC. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to
Inquiries for groups can be made at Peabod@aol.com Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.
As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in
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