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“old city”(27 reviews)
Around 1200, a second outer fortification of the town was built.
Spalenvorstadt, Basel 4056, Switzerland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This place is beautiful, simply stunning especially in the dark or on a late evening when it has been lit up, perfect for that social media shot!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PopcornMonkeyReviews
Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

Old gateway into the old city with its steep pitched and glazed tile roof. Nice to see in the evening as well. It’s one of three medieval city gates that are still standing.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ukienomad
Reviewed 5 December 2018 via mobile

My hotel was across the road and my room had a great view of this old gate. It’s on the old town and was part of the city walls. Looks really atmospheric at night.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 110StuartN
Reviewed 12 November 2018

While in Basel, we tried to find all the old city gates. We like historic architecture. It's interesting to see these old (1300s-1400s) gates in the midst of the modern city. I highly recommend studying maps to see where the old city walls were located....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Patti_Bessette
Reviewed 8 November 2018

This is basically just the gateway along the ancient walls. It is very close to the Botanical Gardens which you do not want to miss.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank AliceBandB
Reviewed 28 October 2018

On the advice of the GAIA hotel, we began our second day in Basel riding the tram from the central station to a stop directly in front of the City Gate. The 15th century gate itself is impressive as the lead entrance into the old...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Fred W
Reviewed 9 October 2018

The Spalentor is a symbol of Basel especially since a 50 cents Helvetia stamp from the 1960s depicts the Spalentor. The inner city view of the gate hasn't dramatically changed since 1500, well the tram line is new! I love this gate. When I am...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank StefanCal
Reviewed 2 October 2018

We just walked through the Arch way but it was really beautiful. You need to spend a few minutes admiring it

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ingoldmellsholidays
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

While not exciting, the remarkable gate is worth exploring. It won’t take a long time, but will be more impressive in person than photos convey.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TraceM49
Reviewed 13 September 2018

Very easy to get to. One of the local trams goes right past the Spalentor. It is one of the old city gates and is worth the 5 minute tram ride.

Date of experience: August 2018
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