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Wenkenhof Reithalle, Reihen, SwitzerlandWenkenhof Reithalle, Reihen, Switzerland
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Riehen is a small city within Basel-Stadt canton, one of three municipalities of the canton. Located to the northeast of downtown Basel, Riehen has managed to preserve its charming Old Town with lovely country houses. Covering 10.86 sq km (4.19 sq mi), on an elevation of 278 m (912 ft), Riehen has a population of 21,000 (2011 estimate).

The history of Riehen goes back to 1157, the year it was mentioned for the first time. The town today has a number of museums related not only to its history but also to a wide range of subjects.

Riehen is predominantly German-speaking (90.9%). 36.6% of the population attend the Swiss Reformed Church, while 23% the Roman Catholic Church. There are also a small percentage of members of the Orthodox church as well as other faiths.

Visiting Riehen

A tram line connects Basel with Riehen, providing easy access from the bigger city.

Fondation Beyeler, RiehenFondation Beyeler, Riehen
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Sights & Attractions in Riehen

  1. Dorfmuseum
    Museum that provides visitors a peek at the way of life in Riehen at the turn of the 20th century.
  2. Fondation Beyeler
    Private museum of Hilda and Ernst Beyeler, housed in a state-of-the-art building designed by Renzo Piano, the museum opens its doors in 1997 to showcase an exquisite collection of 19th and 20th century paintings.
  3. Rebbaumuseum
    Museum focusing on the local winemaking industry.
  4. Spielzeugmuseum
    An outstanding toy museum housed in a 17th century residence of the mayor. It exhibits a range of toys from different periods of the past.

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