20.06.2014 | Design

24h Baselwith tips from Mateo Kries

Mateo Kries, Director of the Vitra Design Museum, gives his personal tips for a short trip to Basel.

Basel on the Rhine is always worth a spontaneous short trip – and even more so in the coming days: Shortly, Art Basel will open its 45th edition of the fair and as in previous years, myriads of art lovers from all across the globe will come to the Swiss city on this occasion. Mateo Kries gives away his personal preferences when it comes to overnight accommodation, lunch venues and other hot spots.

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Mateo Kries, Director of Vitra Design Museum

Overnight & Day’s Start

“For those looking to stay in Basel overnight, I recommend one of these three hotels: aesthetes will love Hotel Krafft; art lovers, on the other hand, will certainly feel more comfortable at the Hotel Teufelhof; and fans of architecture will find the perfect stimulating ambience in the Basel Youth Hostel.

For me personally, the best days of a city trip always begin with a sumptuous breakfast. Well-known in the whole of Basel for its fresh “Gipfeli” (croissants), scrumptious “Schoggiweggli” (chocolate rolls) and savory delicacies is Confiserie, near the pier “Schifflände”, overlooking the Rhine. It is an absolute must for every Basel-visitor to have breakfast here at least once.”

Art & Architecture

“Offside the exhibition halls, Basel also has a lot to offer for both art and architecture lovers. I find the copper-coated Zentralstellwerk by Herzog & de Meuron, located right near the “Münchensteinerbrücke”, as well as the Foundation Beyeler, an art collection of modern classics in a museum designed by Renzo Piano, the Goetheanum center, and of course, the Vitra Design Museum in the nearby “Weil am Rhein”, particularly inspiring architectonic buildings. Interesting contemporary rediscoveries and design treasures, on the other hand, can be found either in the Kunsthalle Basel, (the Basel art hall), or at Stampa Gallery.”

Charming Lunch Break

“My choice for a fast lunch break is So’Up – they offer a daily changing assortment of delicious soups and crispy salads, as well as the typical Swiss tray-baked cakes called “Wähen”. The exactly right spot to indulge in a sumptuous lunch is Buffet, the restaurant located in the switch tower of St. Johan station. Whether you eat at the modern indoor restaurant, featuring a raw industrial aesthetic, or outside on the sunny terrace, whether you choose the multi-course menu or an individual meal, whether you opt for the vegetable dish or not – for me Buffet is always worth a visit.”

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Restaurant Buffet, Stellwerk © Kostas Maros

Inspiring Stores

“When I am looking for a gift, I always stop by Seven Sisters, a store at the “Spalenberg”. They stock many well-known brands but also have newcomer labels, offering exclusive design pieces for adults and children, as well as fancy home accessories from all over the world. Thanks to the carefully selected range of items you will always find something special.”

End of the Day

“With their selection of the finest long drinks and cocktails, Trois Rois is my favorite hotel bar. There I enjoy a nice drink after work on one of the cozy leather armchairs in an elegant and relaxed atmosphere. The only other bar that can match it is Zum Teufel, at the hotel and cultural venue Teufelhof: their ample choice of wines and whiskeys is hard to top.”


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