Close to the Spalentor, it is one of the oldest gardens of its kind in the entire German-speaking area. A multi-lingual audio tour guides you around the extensive collection of plants on display. You will not only have the chance to see the famous collections of cacti and orchids, the tropical house also whisks you away to the magical world of the rainforest.
In the midst of the Alsace region, close to the château du Haut-Kœnigsburg and in the heart of the wine-growing region, the old walls of the Burg Kintzheim tower above the fir trees below. Above the ancient, moss-covered walls large, dark figures swoop and circle in the air. Amongst the participants in this impressive aerial display are eagles, condors, vultures, falcons and owls. Visitors to the sanctuary can observe these creatures from distance in free flight, but also up close within the grounds of the sanctuary.
Around 200 Barbary macaques live free, without bars and cages, on 'la Montagne des Singes' - Monkey Mountain - set in 24 hectares of forest in the idyllic rolling hills of the Alsace. During your visit to our wondrous wildlife park you can observe these amazing animals eating, playing and frolicking in the forest. Specially prepared popcorn is available at the park entrance for feeding to the monkeys - a highlight for the whole family!
Open daily from 26th March to 31st October. In November only open on 1st & 2nd, 5th & 6th, 11th & 13th. March to April & October to November: 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., May to June & September: 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., July to August: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Adults € 8.50, children (5 to 14 years) € 5, children under 5 free.
Children and families, Outdoor, Parks, Zoo / animals
The best way to discover Basel city centre is on one of the guided walking tours offered by Basel Tourismus. Each of these tours show the city and its development from a slightly different perspective. The walking tours lead you through the streets of the Old Town to the most important museums and through the prettiest piazzas. All five walking tours begin and end at Marktplatz. The concept is remarkably simple: each of the tours has been named after a world-famous son or daughter of the city. Simply follow the signs displaying the head of that person after whom the tour has been named. Simple!
Excursion destinations for people with disabilities
Excursion destinations are often restricted for some people due to obstacles that a non-disabled person takes for granted. The website www.rolliausflug-regio.ch is specially designed for wheelchair users and persons with disabilities in order to assist in finding excursions that are fully accessible and obstacle-free. Simply choose a theme or search using a particular word or interest.
On every corner find buildings dating back as far as the 15th century, however also fabulous modern buildings designed by world-renowned architects. Thanks to the compact size of the city, it is ideal to discover its charms by foot. You will find that the unusual combination of the traditional and the modern provides for an interesting and exciting cityscape that nonetheless stands in total harmony.
The beginning of the story of the Mariastein is shrouded in legend. It is said that a young boy fell over the cliffs into the valley and only survived thanks to the miraculous intervention of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. After Einsiedeln, Mariastein is the most famous place of pilgrimage in Switzerland and is an ideal excursion for those who wish to combine a trip to this famous monastery with a wonderful and energetic hike.
This impressive building designed by famous architect Mario Botta is home to the Bank für Internationalen Zahlungsausgleich (BIZ). The six-storey building is typical of the style of the architect from the Swiss canton of Ticino.
The round building on Aeschenplatz impresses with its two-tone striped natural stone walls and its 'negative staircase' opening in the façade, which narrows as it climbs the side of the building. The building was originally commissioned by the Swiss bank UBS and was taken over by its current occupants in 1998.
Situated high on the summit of the forested mountain, it is known to locals as the 'Röttler Schloss'. Passage from the fore-castle to the upper castle is via a drawbridge. Many archaeological finds from the castle are displayed in the museum in the castle courtyard.
Once you have arrived in Colmar, the capital of the Alsace wine-growing region, take some time to sample some of the local specialities and wander through the picturesque old town, which will beguile you with its charm. On the way back stop to visit the mediaeval town of Eguisheim, which lies in the foothills of the Vosges mountains. With its delightful traditional wine cellars, this is a stop not to be missed!