The region of Basel, in the Northwest of Switzerland and at the gates of the city of Basel, borders Germany and France and is well known for the nearby Jura landscape with its nearly pristine nature. For this reason the Basel region with its gently rolling, forested hills, is especially cherished by bikers and hikers. In Arlesheim, not far from the city of Basel, one can view Switzerland’s only cathedral. Numerous fortresses and castles line over 1000 kilometers of hiking trails in the region. Liestal, the main town in the Basel region is worth visiting given its picturesque old town. Whoever walks through Dornach is surprised by its unique architecture. For instance, the reinforced concrete building that houses the second Goetheanum, the center of the General Anthroposophical Society, which is active worldwide.
A particularly popular hiking region is the Waterfall in the upper Basel region. The gondolas of the Waterfall cable car take visitors to a unique Jura landscape with splendid vantage points. The mountain station is the starting point of many hikes. From here one can reach a wide network of hiking trails to all four points of the compass. In the summer, the Jura mountain world can also be enjoyed during a descent on a Trottinett, a kind of scooter, or on a solar bob course at Upper Hauenstein.
Every fifth Swiss cherry grows on a tree in the Basel region. The sale of fruits, vegetables, cereal and stone fruit fresh from the farm has a tradition here. Also a cruise on the Rhine is an adventure. For example go to Augst, where you can visit the ancient Roman town of Augusta Raurica, the largest archeological open-air museum in northwestern Switzerland. The best-preserved antique theater north of the Alps is found here.
In winter, the skiing region of Langenbruck lures many of Basel’s citizens to the snow.
- Augusta Raurica - the largest archeological open air museum in Switzerland with the best preserved antique theater north of the Alps, a unique recreated “Roman house”, and a “Roman domestic animal park”. Aerial cableway, waterfalls - the only aerial cableway in northwestern Switzerland takes visitors to the mountain station, which is the starting point for numerous hikes. Arlesheim Cathedral - the only Swiss cathedral. It has an organ built in 1761 by Johannes Andreas Silbermann, a native of Strassburg. Liestal - the picturesque old town of Liestal, main locality of the half canton of Basel Land, is worth visiting.
- Goetheanum - in Dornach is the second Goetheanum, an artistically significant building of steel and concrete, and center of the General Anthroposophical Society.