Iselin, Gotthelf and Bachletten

The western part of Basel is very popular as a residential area. But the reason why so many visitors also end up here is because it’s home to Basel Zoo. If you sit outside one of the district's cafés or restaurants, the background noises might even make you feel as if you’ve suddenly been transported to Africa. But there are other popular excursion destinations here, too, such as the Bachgraben recreational area, which features an outdoor pool and a mini-golf course.
“Every morning, when I ride my bike down the Erdbeergraben to work, I always marvel at the wonderful view of the dense green vegetation at the zoo. This part of the city is characterized by its contrasts and there are both busy corners and many small shops that recall times gone by.”
This is Basel for
Olivier Pagan · Director Basel Zoological Garden