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WETTSTEIN

 A lovely residential neighborhood with ample greenspace and Rhein access, Wettstein is also dotted with numerous parks and playgrounds as well as some nice restaurants.

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Wettstein, named after former Basel Mayor Johann Rudolf Wettstein (1594-1666), was largely undeveloped until the late 19th century.  After that, residential development began to pick up, most notably near the Rhein, and it was complemented with more industrial and community buildings after the Second World War.  

 

Today, the Roche Buildings tower over the district, but it is also characterized by a mix of homes and apartments with parks and playgrounds spread throughout.   It’s home to a large educational complex including the Basel School of Design, as well as cultural anchor, the Tinguely Museum.  

 
 

brauerei

The Brauerei is a charming, up-class version of a traditional Swiss-style restaurant.  The menu is small but excellent with fresh salads and Swiss favourites like Schnitzel and Cordon Bleu.  As they are also partnered with the Sieb Dupf winery, so you can be sure of an excellent wine selection as well.

Brauerei

Grenzacherstrasse 60, 4058 Basel

 
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schöpfli

Schöpfli is a lovely buvette-style cafe in the shadow of the Roche towers in Solitude Park. It's only open during the warmer months and perfect for lunch or brunch on a sunny day.  It's also a great spot for after-work drinks.  It's very popular so best to make a reservation if you want to be ensured a table.

Schöpfli

Solitude Park 

Grenzacherstrasse 200 4070, Basel

 

Werkraum Warteck 

The former Warteck Brewery now Werkraum Warteck hosts a number of different businesses, ranging from craftsmen, artists, architects and designers, to restaurants, dance studios and creative offices.  It offers a number of workshops and courses, including dance and lino-printmaking.

 

On the second floor, is the highly rated Cantina Don Camilllo. Don Camillo offers many fusion cuisine options, including vegan. The service is outstanding and during the warm months, the rooftop patio provides a light and summery atmosphere. 

Kulturbeiz 113 is another great restaurant offering a seasonal dinner menu. With a rooftop terrace overlooking the Rhine, it makes this place ideal for a sunset cocktail. Reservations for both restaurants are recommended.

Werkraum Warteck

Cantina Don Camillio

Burgweg 7, 4058 Basel

Kulturbeiz 113

Burgweg 15, 4058 Basel

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Photo: urbzoo

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Cantina Don Camillio

Photo: Tripadvisor.com

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Kulturbeiz 113

Photo: kulturbeiz113.ch

Contribution by: Salina Berg

 
 
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enothek siebe Dupf

What began as a wine shop in 1874, Seibe Dupf is now the largest winemaker in the Basel region (with its winery located in Liestal).  In addition to the winery’s offerings you will find a fine selection of wines from around Europe.  Swing by for a bottle or a glass and consider booking it for an intimate tasting.  It is also partnered with the neighbouring Brauerie restaurant, where you can sample their wine paired with some delicious food.

Siebe Dupf

Grenzacherstrasse 62, 4058 Basel

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new asia market

New Asia Market has a surprisingly good selection of Asian groceries, given its small size.  From noodles to sauces, spices to snack foods, this is a great destination for the home chef or someone just looking for some tasty seaweed snacks!

New Asia Market

Rheinfelderstrasse 1, 4058 Basel

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Tinguely Museum

The Tinguely is one of Basel's most famous museums, housing the permanent collection of Basel's own painter and sculptor, Jean Tinguely.  If you like 'kinetic sculptures' (i.e. sculptures that move when you press a button), then this is the place for you! Be sure to check out the surrounding grounds (Solitude Park) and visit their gift shop and river-side cafe.

Tinguely Museum

Paul Sacher-Anlage 2, 4002 Basel

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parks & playgrounds

This relatively small district of Basel is chocked full of playgrounds and parks.  Make sure to bring your little ones and sample the many assortments of play structures, splash pads and fountains.

 
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landhof

This spacious leisure and recreation area was the original home of FC Basel.  In addition to a sports field and grandstand stadium it features a small 'pirate' playground and community garden. It offers a variety of children's programming as well.

Landhof Basel

Riehenstrasse 78a, 4058 Basel

 
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rhein swimming

Just in front of the Tinguely Museum is a small beach that provides perfect access for Rhein swimming.  Although this excursion is for experienced swimmers only (no floatation devices allowed!), it is a lovely way to spend a hot summer's day.  

For more information on Basel's favourite sport see this article in The Guardian

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sources

Photos:

Roche building with roses - Catalina Escalante

Tinguely background - Olivier Bruchez

Statistics (June 2021):

Average Annual Rent:  Real Advisor

Transport:  BVB 

Green Space:  Residential Area Indicators

Walkability:  Walk Score

For more statistical information on the neighborhood visit Basel Stadt’s Neighborhood Profiles.