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Bettingen

Bettingen is a municipality in the canton of Basel-Stadt in Switzerland.HistoryBettingen is first mentioned in 777 as Bettingen.GeographyBettingen has an area, as of 2009, of 2.23km2. Of this area, 0.76km2 or 34.1% is used for agricultural purposes, while 1km2 or 44.8% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.42km2 or 18.8% is settled (buildings or roads).Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 14.8% and transportation infrastructure made up 1.8%. while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 2.2%. Out of the forested land, 43.5% of the total land area is heavily forested and 1.3% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 15.2% is used for growing crops and 14.8% is pastures, while 4.0% is used for orchards or vine crops.The municipality is located in the agglomeration of Basel, on the right bank of the Rhine river and on the slopes of St. Chrischona.Bettingen is split into two settlements. Dorf Bettingen is an Alemannic settlement, located in a small basin. Chrischonahöhe is the other settlement, located around a St. Chrischona pilgrimage centre (established 1840) on one of the hills. As early as 1356 a church was built on the heights, dedicated to Saint Chrischona. Since 1925 there have been a hospital and retirement homes in the area.A landmark for Bettingen, the Swisscom-Sendeturm St. Chrischona communications tower is located on the Chrischonahöhe.
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