It’s all flowers, Basel, this spring. Its credit goes to Georgia O’Keefe, the protagonist of a truly fragrant exhibition dedicated to the botanical subject with her lively and dreamy canvas. Recalling Herzog & de Muron, Mario Botha, Dinner & Dinner, and Richard Meyer, a Swiss town dedicated to contemporary architecture, the exhibition is dedicated to the legendary, elusive, American artist, the first woman to host the 1946 MoMA, his wife. The same historical photographer Alfred Stiglitz means a garden of observations and perspectives on personal nature, open, chromatically emphasized that reconnects with the shapes and veins of creation. So this is the right time to take part in the flowering of Basel after winter.
By the first tan boat on the Rhine and then the quays-restaurant
The inhabitants of Basel prefer their four boats, called the Wild Mother, Liu, Vogel Griff and Whale, so it is normal for families to travel the river under five bridges over the Rhine, marking the town as a crossroads. It is also an environmental choice, since these boats do not use engines, but are carried by river currents: do not be surprised if some fearless Swiss have already thrown them into the water to cross with big strokes. Often parties are organized on boats, banquets are staged based on champagne and fondue (www.faehri.ch): in particular, Le Rin Blue is the platform for the most glamorous and trendy restaurant, where you can get a tan and then have lunch. Can.
A trip to Alsace near Route des Vin
Its geographical location, practically on the border of southern Germany and northeastern France, makes it really natural to cross the border from Basel: you can embrace the nature of the Black Forest and experience trekking in the jungle or get drunk on the way. In nearby Alsace, Colmar or Aguisheim, half-timbered houses with villages to increase wine along the Route des Vine, even taking children by train to the Europa-Park in Rust, Germany’s largest amusement park. Returning to the zoo in the spring for sightseeing is also a tradition, with which Basel is closely associated because the place, nicknamed Jolie, opened its doors in 1874, preserving its original architecture and because, despite its existence for some time and collectively, Culture has revealed that exotic species born and raised in captivity are now carefully cared for in their enclosures and at home, from lions and snow leopards to Indian rhinos and dwarf otters.
Among the orchids in the Botanical Garden, facing tingles, eating honey
This season, walking in the Botanical Gardens, located in the heart of the city, near Splanter, is one of the most beautiful of the three doors of the fifteenth century wall: more than eight thousand plant species grow inside, thanks to the constant seed exchange with botanical organizations around the world. Plants develop which originate in the cooler and more distant hemispheres. In Victoria House, the recently restored old greenhouse, even the Amazon water lilies are in great shape.
You can’t leave Basel without going back to the places of art. Above all, the Kunstemuseum Basel, which has ensured a balance of contemporaneity with the historic site in St. Alban-Graben by a new wing designed by the architects Christ and Ganttenbain, the authors of the spectacular adhesive passage, has thus traveled through the centuries. Art that lasted from the fifteenth century to the second half of the twentieth century. The Tinguli Museum, built on the Rhine by Tikino architect Mario Botha, is an artistic echo, showcasing the works of Jean Ting, a powerful twentieth-century Swiss icon who is constantly on the lookout for contemporary contemporaries like Nikki, de Saint-Fale, his model Marcel Dale. With those who take inspiration from his talent today (www.tingueuely.ch).