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Video: Helen Liebendörfer

Helen Liebendörfer, an enthusiastic city tour guide, author of history books and holder of an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel, knows Basel’s stories like few others. “There is so much exciting information to discover here that my love for the city has grown over the years”, she says. She takes us to City Hall, the market women at Marktplatz and the Pfalz terrace, where she particularly likes to evoke days gone by.

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Video: Alba Carbonell Castillo

An engagement at Theater Basel brought Alba Carbonell Castillo 2011 to Basel – and she's stayed ever since. In her elected home country, she found not only friendships but also the perfect environment for herself as a dancer and choreographer. Alba shows us which places in Basel she finds particularly inspirational in the way she knows best: through dance. 

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Video: Lia and Mathis

Eating an ice cream at Basel Zoo, seeing giant mammoths at the Natural History Museum and seeing art up close – for Lia (5) and Mathis (8), Basel is a new adventure every day. The  brother and sister like spending their free afternoons with their family, discovering new things. Here, they take you along to their favourite places and show you Basel through children’s eyes.

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Video: Ary Vaistij

Ary Vaistij runs the Zum Onkel restaurant in Kleinbasel with passion and enthusiasm. He impresses his guests again and again with creations using only fresh, regional products. Coming from Basel but with Argentinian roots, he is fascinated by the diverse local cultures, which he believes are primarily reflected in the cuisine. For Vaistij, cooking means experimenting – and the kitchen is where he can give his creativity free rein.

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Video: Andreas Ruby

Herzog & de Meuron, Frank O. Gehry and Mario Botta – these are just a few of the renowned architects whose buildings have enriched Basel. Outstanding buildings – both the classical modern and the contemporary – can be seen on every corner here. But it is not only the works of famous architects that fascinate Andreas Ruby, Director of the Swiss Architecture Museum (S AM). He also likes to examine aspects of spatial planning and believes that there is still plenty of room in Basel for ambitious construction projects.

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Video: Sam Keller

This video will show you how the locals of Basel, Switzerland spend their summertime. Join Sam Keller, director of the art museum Fondation Beyeler on his afterwork swim and boat tour on the Rhine. In summer, temperatures can reach up to 38 degrees Celsius, which makes a swim in the Rhine a very pleasent and fun activity!

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Interview: Permi Jhooti

A scientist, cosmopolitan, sporty and passionate about art and culture – Permi Jhooti represents everything that characterizes Basel. From Britain but with Indian roots, she made a name for herself in the UK as the first Asian female professional footballer and was the inspiration for the successful film “Bend it like Beckham”. Today, Jhooti refers to the city of Basel as her new home and discovered her love of art here, for which Theater Basel provided the decisive moment.

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Interview: Urs "Däge" Degen

Urs Degen, known as “Däge”, is a well-known graphic artist, illustrator and cartoonist with a passion for Basel's carnival. Creating these artistic lanterns is a heartfelt undertaking for him. Months ahead of the carnival, “Däge” is busy with his paintbrushes before it's time again for: «Morgestraich, forward march!»

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