Top 6 Things to do in Riehen, Switzerland

October 18, 2017 Esmeralda Fenner

Riehen (Swiss German: Rieche) is a municipality in the canton of Basel-Stadt in Switzerland. Together with the city of Basel and Bettingen, Riehen is one of three municipalities in the canton.
Restaurants in Riehen

1. 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.

2. Wenken Park

Bettingerstrasse 121, Riehen 4125, Switzerland +41 61 601 50 00
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5 based on 19 reviews

Wenken Park

Reviewed By P J

I am fortunate enough to live very close to this park and it really is lovely, quiet and has the feel of a UK National Trust place.
The Gardens with the small lake are wonderful for walking the dog or just sitting in to relax. Across the road is another green area with great views over the city and some impressive statues!
There is free parking as well (might get full on a Sat or Sun) or a 20 minute walk up quite a steep hill from the tram stop however the 32 bus drops right outside it.

3. Spielzeugmuseum Riehen

Baselstrasse 34, Riehen 4125, Switzerland
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Spielzeugmuseum Riehen

Reviewed By Elipapero - Udine, Italy

SInce you probably will go to Riehen to visit the nearby "Fondation Beyeler", please take your time to visit this small but nice toy musueum.
Kids as well as adults will be fascinated by the historical toys presented there.
Only comments: they displayed in the usual visiting rooms some kind of noisy video games. Please a) remove them or at least b) check the sound level, since it disturbs the visit.

4. Friedhof Hornli

Hoernliallee 70 | Riehen, Riehen 4125, Switzerland +41 61 605 21 00
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Friedhof Hornli

Reviewed By Lumos586 - Connecticut

As far as cementaries go, this is a great one. Even if you are not there to remember a loved one, it seems like a great park with lots of green and a path to ponder.

5. Gedenkstatte Fur Fluchtlinge

Inzlingerstrasse 44, Riehen 4125, Switzerland +41 61 645 96 50
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Gedenkstatte Fur Fluchtlinge

Die Gedenkstätte widmet sich denjenigen jüdischen Flüchtlingen, die das Glück hatten, in der Schweiz Aufnahme zu finden. Besonders erinnert wird aber auch an alle jüdischen Flüchtlinge, denen die Schweiz den Einlass verweigerte.

Reviewed By WalterKuhn

If interested in jewish history w.r.t. refugees and Switzerland, go there It is a small site, so combine it with Fondation Beyeler which is in walking distance.

6. Dorfkirche St. Martin in Riehen

Kirchplatz 1, Riehen 4125, Switzerland
Dorfkirche St. Martin in Riehen

Die Dorfkirche St. Martin ist ein komplexer Bau mit einer langen Geschichte. Der erste romanische Bau datiert ins mittlere 11. Jahrhundert. Er wurde 1395 durch eine gotische Kirche ersetzt und 1694 erfolgte die Erweiterung zur heutigen Kirche. Schon 1528 unter Pfarrer Ambrosius Kettenacker entschied sich die Gemeinde für die Reformation.

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