Our fourth and last day in Switzerland had another surprise waiting for us – Fondation Beyeler, one of the most popular art museums in Switzerland.
Just a 15-minute tram ride away from the city centre of Basel, Fondation Beyeler presents an overall collection of 200 works of classical modernism reflecting the views of Hildy and Ernst Beyeler on 20th-century art. From Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh to Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol – the list of famous artists’ masterpieces exhibited in the Fondation is rich.
The museum is within the Berowerpark, which also features beautiful public art installations. The building was designed by Renzo Piano and first opened its doors to the public in 1997. The high-quality programme of exhibitions enjoys an outstanding international reputation.
Our visit coincided with the first ever joint museum exhibition involving the two famous protagonists of modern art, the Swiss sculptor Giacometti and the British painter Bacon. We had the privilege of receiving a private tour through the entire museum and special exhibitions.
Personal highlight of the tour was Nymphéas, one of Claude Monet’s water lily paintings, which was painted between 1916 and 1919, and part of the museum’s impressive permanent collection.
The Fondation Beyeler is open on all days, even on public holidays. Private tours can be arranged.
One more highlight of our last day in Switzerland was the visit to the non-profit Basel Zoo. Also known as Basel Zoological Garden, the zoo is home to over 600 species and attracts over 1.7 million visitors every year. Visitors can learn about elephants, rhinoceros, apes and many more animals in the different theme areas and enclosures. The Children’s Zoo is definitely worth visiting when you travel with your younger ones. Goats, lamas, miniature donkeys, ponies and many more animals are waiting for kids to accompany them and help with the farming.
Basel has a lot to offer for everyone – foodies, art buffs, history enthusiasts and nature lovers. To make your stay even better, the city of Basel hands out a free Basel Card upon check-in to every overnight guest. The Basel Card entitles you to free public transport, free surfing on guest WiFi (very strong connection in most public areas) and 50% discount at Basel’s museums, Basel Zoo and much more.
Have a look at the official website to read about the attractive benefits.
Switzerland is truly a must-see country if you love the outdoors, nature, arts and finest hospitality. After a four-day break from Qatar’s hot and humid summer, it was hard to say ‘see you again soon’ Switzerland. Thanks to Swiss Railway we arrived on time at Zurich International Airport to check in for our return flight to Doha on Qatar Airways.
I will definitely be back to explore more of the small mountainous Central European country that has so much to offer!
Author: Jasmin Maier
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