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World-class architecture

Basel is seen as Switzerland’s capital of architecture. The number of buildings designed by world-famous architects in such close proximity is unsurpassed, all in the midst of an architectural setting that has evolved over centuries.

Just a few steps away from the picturesque and well preserved Old Town, lovers of architecture can encounter architectural masterpieces designed by internationally renowned figures such as Richard Meier, Frank O. Gehry and Mario Botta. No fewer than 12 winners of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize are represented in Basel – an unrivalled density of world-class architecture.

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A hot spot on the Swiss architectural scene

The Swiss architectural scene has an appeal that extends well beyond the country’s borders. Numerous Swiss architectural firms have attracted attention all over the world in recent decades with a series of outstanding creations. Many of the renowned firms hail from Basel such as Christ & Gantenbein, Diener & Diener Architects and Herzog & de Meuron. They have all helped to lay the foundation of a lively architectural scene in Basel.

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