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Riehen is a municipality in the canton of Basel-Stadt in Switzerland. Together with the city of Basel and Bettingen, Riehen is one of three municipalities in the canton.Riehen hosts the Fondation Beyeler as well as a toy museum.Riehen was the first municipality in Switzerland to elect a woman, Trudy Späth-Schweizer to political office, in 1958.HistoryRiehen is first mentioned in 1157 as Rieheim.GeographyRiehen has an area, of 10.86km2. Of this area, 2.78km2 or 25.6% is used for agricultural purposes, while 2.74km2 or 25.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 5.19km2 or 47.8% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.23km2 or 2.1% is either rivers or lakes.Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 28.0% and transportation infrastructure made up 7.7%. while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 11.3%. Out of the forested land, 23.8% of the total land area is heavily forested and 1.4% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 14.2% is used for growing crops and 7.3% is pastures, while 4.1% is used for orchards or vine crops. Of the water in the municipality, 0.2% is in lakes and 1.9% is in rivers and streams.The municipality is located on the right bank of the Rhine on the Swiss-German border between Wiese and the Chrischonahügel.Coat of armsThe blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Azure, six Bricks Argent one, two and three.Use our Switzerland trip itinerary maker website to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Riehen.
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