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Spalentor (City Gate)

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Address: Basel 4056, Switzerland

Around 1200, a second outer fortification of the town was built.

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A Gateway of History.

The Spalentor used to be one of the ancient gates to the city and you can still see the intricate carvings and designs from the medieval times on it - traders, musicians... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bengaluru, India
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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Very pretty and historical city gate. Great for a photo opportunity. Right on the number 3 tram line.

Thank Talisa777
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The gate is a short stroll uphill from the Marktplatz. It is quite ornate with different colored stone.

Thank cgny1fwd
Yucaipa, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You cant miss going to and through the Old City gate when you are in Basel. Loctade conveniently just off the tram train stop this delightful photographic wonder from another era puts you in the right mood to explaire all of Basel's market plazas.

Thank Clyde B
Bengaluru, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Spalentor used to be one of the ancient gates to the city and you can still see the intricate carvings and designs from the medieval times on it - traders, musicians, gargoyles etc. It is a massive structure and it is a 20 minute walk from Basel SBB - just follow the main road signs. It truly is a... More 

Thank CorporateProphet
Ghent, Belgium
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401 reviews
257 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

One of the 3 remaining entrance gates, and the most decorative one, supposedly as through this gate the French goods to the market passed. Well worth the walk to it (or a tramride).

Thank Katrien S
Barcelona, Spain
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Nice street view when you get there. Very quiet. Found it out while l was walking around. Worth for a visit

Thank JessiLlav
Danville, Illinois
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Just outside of our hotel, this is a great landmark to see and also a stop for local trams. It was a wonderful welcome to the city and a nice place to take photos.

Thank blueiii
Dundalk, Ireland
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37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This gateway is in great condition and very easy to get to as there is a tram stop here. I loved the different colour tiles on the roofing.

Thank Maurs78
Basildon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Spalentor is worth a visit, more so at night when lit up. Just a short 3 minute tram (number 3) ride away / 3 stops from the main city centre. The tram stops right under the gates itself, so you don't even have to go out of your way to get there.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

We walked to this tor, it is quite small, well kept and quaint. There is another one to see elsewhere in the city too.

Thank Wraxall_Travellers

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