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Rathaus (Municipio), Basel

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Landmark Tourist Spot
Admire the colorful motifs on the facade of the bright red Rathaus (Municipio). City hall since the 14th century, this 500-year-old building features illustrations of people and events marking the city's eventful past. Walk the courtyard in front of the building to see more paintings of the past, and enjoy the seasonal farmer's market. Note that entry into the building itself is limited to specific hours, so check the website for hours and updated tour schedules prior to your visit. The city offers tours in German at particular times. Use our Basel trip itinerary planner to visit Rathaus (Municipio) on your trip to Basel, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Where to stay in Basel

Business-oriented Basel offers an overwhelming amount of mid-range hotels catering to its business clientele. The city fills up during conferences and events, so be sure to plan accordingly. There are a number of guesthouses and bed and breakfasts too, but they tend to be pretty pricey. You'll find a handful of budget-friendly hostels just south of the city core. Keep in mind that as you move toward the outskirts of town for affordable accommodation, proximity to the train stations will be key. The good news is that a number of the hotels include public transport passes with the cost of a room.
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  • Wow, what a magnificent building. It caught our eye as we rode past it on the bus, so we added it to our list of "Must See!" We were not disappointed. The history and background is amazing and you can...  more »
  • The Rathaus (City Hall) is a stunning building. We were visiting Basel on a day trip from Zurich so we didn’t have time to do a tour of the building. We wandered around the inner courtyard to look at ...  more »
  • That's an interesting building inside and outside, in the heart of the city! Check it anyways! Around 20 min walk from train station.  more »
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  • Beautiful town hall. You can walk inside and take a look for free. For being over 500 years old, this building is in great condition. The statues on outside are of the king and queen who paid for the buildings and in the middle was Mary holding baby Jesus but later changed to a lady holding a sword after the Reformation
  • This is a stunning building, had I knew that it is accessible for the public for free I would have went in.
  • One of the most beautiful buildings in Europe (in my opinion). It is awe inspiring to know how old this building is!! Just go see it when you're in Basel
  • Beautiful red tinted Townhall building kept shining and clean !
  • This place has a special charm, especially when it's Christmas :)