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Nordbahnhof, Matrix, and Schaulager: Philippe Bischof’s Basel

By Whitewaller

June 16, 2016

It’s Art Basel week! That means fairs, gallery shows, museum exhibitions, and plenty of events – all taking place in Basel. We are here to guide you through the must-see and be-seen-at spots around town. All week-long we’ll bring you “Insider Tips” from those in-the-know on what to see, do, eat, and drink. Next up, Philippe Bischof, head of the Cultural Department for the Canton of Basel-Stadt.

“If there was such a secret, I would probably not give it away. What I always recommend is the charming Concierge Bar and the delicious Thai restaurant Nordbahnhof (try the pepper leaves stuffed with tasty varieties), the award-winning design shop Matrix, and the beautiful Saturday market on Matthäusplatz.”

“No Sunday starts without drinking some strong coffee to get up, before eating an extended breakfast while reading the newspapers of the week prior. Later on, I’m meeting with friends and running for an hour.”

“Don’t miss the impressive variety of excellent museums—Schaulager, Vitra Design Museum, Fondation Beyeler, and the Kunstmuseum Basel. If you come in summer, absolutely take a swim in the Rhine—jump in at Museum Tinguely and float down to the Kaserne, enjoying the skyline that is growing higher every year. The mix of historical scenery and the contemporary architecture is mind blowing.”

“The fascinating and beautiful three-countries- walk from Voltaplatz through Huningue, over the European Bridge to Weil am Rhine—all along the Rhine river and the harbor. It’s an urban and post-industrial area, with some nice open-air bars and the cool restaurant Rostigen Anker. You’ll go through Switzerland, France, and Germany in 70 minutes. It is a lovely experience of open mind and cultural tolerance.”

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