R I E H E N
Riehen - a small community in the canton of Basel-Stadt - likes to call itself the large green village. Situated in the valley of the river Wiese and surrounded by fields and vineyard-covered hills, Riehen is characterized by a certain mixture of rural and urban way of living. Its many parks and gardens remind us that, starting in the mid 16th c., Basel patricians favored this area and had their summer estates built here. During our tour, we will have a look at how some of them - e.g., the Berower, Sarasin, Wettstein, or the Wenken estate - have been transformed through time.
Our walk through Riehen starts in front of the village church that used to be at the center of a medieval fortification. We look at the Klösterli and the Meierhof, and continue to the Berower Park and the Fondation Beyeler. We observe the landscape crowned by the Tüllingen Hill and talk about some projects now under construction. A short walk through the Sarasin garden brings us to Rössligasse and its old village houses. After visiting the historic Wettstein houses, we take a bus for a short ride to Wenken Park. We look at the 17th c. “old Wenkenhof” and the 18th c. baroque “new Wenkenhof”, and end the tour by Richard Serra’s sculptural installation in the nearby English-style park.
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