The 10 Best Things to Do in Weil am Rhein, Germany

August 26, 2017 Myesha Cogley

Weil am Rhein is a German town and commune. It is on the east bank of the River Rhine, and close to the point at which the Swiss, French and German borders meet. It is the most southwesterly town in Germany and a suburb of the Swiss city Basel. Weil am Rhein is part of the "trinationale Agglomeration Basel" with about 830,000 inhabitants.
Restaurants in Weil am Rhein

1. Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein

Charles-Eames-Str. 1, 79576 Weil am Rhein, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 7621 7023200
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4.5 based on 549 reviews

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein

Reviewed By bathtravel123 - Bath, Maine

If you're into modern design, this is the place to go. The buildings themselves are innovative architectural designs, not to be seen elsewhere. And of course, if you really want to create your own chair(s), one can spend hours trying out the various display models; examining the different designs and even watching your own piece be partically assembled on site.

2. Fondation Beyeler

Baselstrasse 101, Riehen 4125, Switzerland +41 61 645 97 00
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4.5 based on 740 reviews

Fondation Beyeler

ABOUT THE FONDATION BEYELER The Fondation Beyeler is a museum of modern and contemporary art open 365 days a year. It is considered one of the world's most beautiful museums. Its Exhibitions of renowned artists of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries have brought the museum international recognition and established it as Switzerland's most popular art museum. The focus is the visitor's personal and sensory experiences in encountering art and nature. The art museum is located in an English park with a historical villa, old trees, and water lily ponds. The museum building, designed by award-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano, fits elegantly into the cultural landscape and offers beautiful views of the park, cornfields, grazing cows and sheep, as well as the vineyards at the foothills of the Black Forest. The spacious rooms showcase the art in the most beautiful natural light. A green conservatory invites you to linger and read. The Fondation Beyeler combines nature, art, and architecture in a unique harmony. It presents high-quality art to a wide audience and seeks especially to reach young people. This was especially important to the founders, Ernst and Hildy Beyeler. It was for this reason that they founded the Beyeler Stiftung in 1982 and in 1997 opened the Fondation Beyeler in their hometown of Riehen near Basel. They gave the Fondation their valuable art collection and donated the renowned museum building by Renzo Piano to house it. Since the founder's death, the Beyeler Foundation is overseen by the Board of Trustees, presided by Hansjorg Wyss. Sam Keller has been the director of the Fondation Beyeler since 2008. The Beyeler Stiftung recently acquired the neighboring Iselin-Weber-Park and is planning an extension with Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. The Beyeler Collection is presented several times a year in rotating Exhibitions. It comprises roughly 300 works of post-impressionism, classic modern and contemporary art, and 30 ethnographic art objects from Africa, Oceania, and Alaska. The collection is researched and maintained by the Fondation's own team of conservators and restorers. The museum also houses works on permanent loan from artists and associated collections such as the Daros Collection, the Collection Renard, and Anthax Collection Marx. The Fondation Beyeler regularly organizes Exhibitions dedicated to the great masters of modern art and the major artists of our time. Thematic Exhibitions about cities and art movements that played a decisive role in the development of modern art are presented periodically. Projects with contemporary artists are also realized every year in the museum and in public spaces. The Fondation Beyeler regularly cooperates with leading international museums and cultural institutions. Cultural events and art mediation expand the array of offerings and make art more easily accessible. The Fondation's diverse program includes artist talks, Concerts, dance Performances, recitals, lectures, panel discussions, cabaret, and film screenings. Internationally acclaimed artists, scientists, musicians, dancers, actors, directors, and other personalities are regularly invited as guests. Guided tours, workshops, and games for young people, families, schools, companies, clubs, and groups are also offered daily. The Fondation Beyeler is funded and supported by contributions from the Beyeler Foundation, the Hansjorg Wyss Foundation, sponsoring partners, patrons, members of the Friends of the Fondation Beyeler, subsidies from the Canton Basel-Stadt and the Community of Riehen, project contributions from the Canton Basel-Landschaft, and especially by visitor admission fees. The Fondation Beyeler is an open and active museum that promotes access to art, cultural education and experiences, as well as interpersonal encounters. The restaurant and the museum shop contribute to this as well. Since its opening in 1997, over 6 million people have visited the museum: half from Switzerland, the other half from its neighboring countries and around the world. The Fondation Beyeler's website provides insight into the collections and activities. It also includes films, photographs, and texts about artists, Exhibitions, events, art mediation, restoration, publications, editions, and other projects.

Reviewed By P J - Zurich, Switzerland

The museum is fantastic (see other reviews) but plan to have lunch there as well,
Their restaurant is a bit out of the way unless one visits the museum but otherwise just as much a highlight as the museum itself. Modest selection but a bit of everything, impressive for the eyes as well as for the palate, at affordable prices and professionally served by friendly staff.

3. Basel Paper Mill Museum

St. Alban-Tal 37, Basel 4052, Switzerland +41 61 225 90 90
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4.5 based on 479 reviews

Basel Paper Mill Museum

Reviewed By 2acorns - Cleveland, Ohio

I'd been staying in Basel several weeks before I actually paid to go through this museum. It's terrific with hands on activities for all. You can get close up to all sorts of printing tools and the historic displays are excellent. I highly recommend going, especially is you are at all interested in paper arts or book making or printing.

4. Rotteln Castle

79541 Lorrach, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 7621 56494
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4.5 based on 105 reviews

Rotteln Castle

Reviewed By happypanda17 - West Midlands, United Kingdom

If you are in the area, check out this castle. There is a trail that you can walk to get to the castle if you want to have a wander through the forest before you visit. It is mostly ruins now but still is an enjoyable day out. The castle has a museum section that explains the ruins. There are fantastic views of the surrounding countryside from the tower. I went during fall and it was lovely; the trees were turning orange and you could hear the crunch of leaves under your feet as you approached the castle. The restaurant is an essential stop if you go here! Great value for money and delicious food!

5. Parc des Eaux Vives

3 quai du Maroc | Huningue, 68330 Huningue, France
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Parc des Eaux Vives

Reviewed By mca_huningue - Huningue, France

I you like watersport and want to try new sports in wild elements that is a great place. Great place for a walk too.

6. Reserve Naturelle de La Petite Camargue Alsacienne

1 rue de la Pisciculture, 68300 Saint Louis, France +33 3 89 89 78 59
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4.5 based on 97 reviews

Reserve Naturelle de La Petite Camargue Alsacienne

Reviewed By James B - Mirfield, West Yorkshire

A delightful walk amongst the woods and wetlands with many pools containing a wide variety of fish, birds, frogs etc and plant life too with fields of natural wild flowers growing. Various options allow you to make it longish walk or cut it shorter by taking the many paths that cross the entire reserve. Very pleasant.

Ray-Eames-Str. 1, 79576 Weil am Rhein, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 7621 7023500
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

VitraHaus

Reviewed By UriR - Tel Aviv, Israel

The Vitra campus is a must-see for anyone who loves furniture design, interior design, architecture, really anyone connected with design in any way. The VitraHaus is really a furniture showroom, but an amazing experience & a very special piece of architecture. I suggest watching the YouTube videos about this building before visiting. Entrance to VitraHaus is free, but it is definitely suggested to visit the Design Museum & the new SchausDepot & to take the architectural tours of the campus.

Rheinufer, Basel 4001, Switzerland +41 77 400 65 41
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Rheinfahre

The four Rhine Ferries cross the Rhein on four different places Contact: St. Alban Fähre: 0041 79 659 63 66 Münster-Fähre: 0041 77 400 65 41 Klingental-Fähre: 0041 79 659 63 67 St.Johan-Fähre: 0041 79 659 63 68

Reviewed By Jez S - Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Rhine current was so strong so if this little ferry didn’t have its pulley rope we would have been down the river in seconds. It was fun and a must do in Basel!

9. Three Countries Bridge

Quai de la Republique, 68330 Huningue, France
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4.5 based on 64 reviews

Three Countries Bridge

The Three Countries Bridge (Dreilanderbrucke, La passerelle des Trois Pays) is an arch bridge which crosses the Rhine between the commune of Huningue (France) and Weil am Rhein (Germany). It is the world's longest single-span bridge dedicated exclusively to carrying pedestrians and cyclists. Its name comes from the bridge's location between France, Germany and Switzerland (about 200 meters).

Reviewed By debaixa - World Citizen

The Rhine seems very wide at this point and the reflection of the sky when there are clouds and Sunshine is really quite beautiful even though there are industrial areas around. The 40 or 50 swans, many ducks and seagulls are also impressive to see (feeding is forbidden with a significant fine).
The access for bikes, pushchairs and wheelchairs is excellent with a lift at the French side. There is a park with crazy golf and a shopping centre with a cinema on the German side. You are allowed to take your shopping trolley over to France and leave it by the lift. At night the bridge is well lit making it a good option for taking the Tram 8 at Weil am Rhein to/from Basel in the evening.
In France the historical, but recently remodelled, Place Abatucci is a short distance from the bridge where there are a couple of great bakeries and some restaurants. The only shame is that the Huningue side of the river North towards the campsite has not been made pedestrian friendly (if you take the road, there's no pavement) and the scrub land/car park near the bridge is an eyesore. Hopefully this will also be remodelled in the near future!

10. Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland +41 61 206 62 62
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4.5 based on 906 reviews

Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

The Kunstmuseum Basel is home to one of the largest and oldest public museum collections in Europe. In its unique history, it has assembled works from the early fifteenth century to the present. The Kunstmuseum Basel houses the Galerie (Gallery) and the Kupferstichkabinett (Department of Prints and Drawings). The main focus is on paintings and drawings by artists active in the Upper Rhine region between 1400 and 1600 and of the 19th and 21st century. The Kunstmuseum Basel possesses the world`s largest collection of works by the Holbein family. Further examples of Renaissance art include major pieces by masters such as Konrad Witz, Martin Schongauer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Matthias Grünewald. Most of these early treasures originally belonged to the collection of a Basel lawyer, Basilius Amerbach. Purchased by the city in 1661, they formed the core of the world`s first public municipal museum. Paintings by Basel-born Arnold Böcklin feature among the 19th-century highlights. In the field of 20th-century art, the accent is on Cubism (Picasso, Braque, Léger), German Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism and American art since 1950. Contemporary art is exhibited at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Museum of Contemporary Art).

Reviewed By BathBunn - Alderley Edge, United Kingdom

A superb art museum with so much to see in an excellent setting. Our visit coincided with the Chagall exhibition and museumnacht when Basel museums are open until 2pm. Set aside a few hours to fully appreciate all that there is to see. Would recommend a Basel Card which gives half price entry to all museums and free use of public transport.

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