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Day 7
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Situated at the frontier between two of Europe's most assertive personalities—France and Germany—and tapped directly into the Rhine, Basel is a remarkably urbane, cosmopolitan, and worldly-wise place. Artists and bankers are equally at home here.
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  • Art and Culture
  • Museums


  • The Kunstmuseum is home to one of the oldest public art collections in Europe, owned by the city since 1661; it thoroughly documents the development of painting on the upper Rhine.
  • Noted architect Renzo Piano built the public museum that houses the Fondation Beyeler. This astonishingly well-rounded collection of 20th-century and contemporary art is the legacy of Ernst Beyeler, modern art's greatest gallery owner.


  • Art Basel, one of the world's leading contemporary art shows, is held every June.

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