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Rathaus

Marktplatz 9, Basel 4051, Switzerland (Altstadt)
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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

This was the first attraction I visited in Basel and it really impressed me with its grandeur architecture and wall murals. It made everything else in the old town look mediocre in comparison. You cannot go into the building but it is still worth stepping inside the courtyard and admiring the artwork.

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Western Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

The Rathaus is well worth a visit. It is beautifully painted both inside and out. You can go into the forecourt and take photos of the paintings on the walls. There is also an organised tour which is run by it is in German.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

It is the City Hall, a red little castle right next to the Marktplatz. It's a beautiful building with nice architecture and engravings on the walls. You can walk inside its doors towards a tiny square and climb the stair, but you cannot actually get into the building.

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Bangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Vivid red colored structure standing in front of the marktplatz! Beautiful artwork on the walls, bright red color and majestic statues in the compound, make it seem something like made for being something to standout in the city of great architectural works.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Really impressive red city hall with lots of intrinsic patterns and emblems on the façade. The courtyard is accessible and worth a look.

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Richmond Hill, ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Well restoured building. Nice place to take pictures. There is a Sat market in front of Rathaus, where you can try many local delicacies.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This unique City Hall building stands out among the row of buildings at Marktplatz square .The brick red walls with colourful facades is striking , the decorations were done in the style of Art Nouveau.Walk into the atmospheric courtyard for more works of art andromantic arcades .The City Hall has been located in this place since the 14th century .Guided... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is such a colorful building with tall towers and it certainly sits apart from all the other buildings here in the old town. Take a look inside at the courtyard as there are statues, paintings and other colorful works of art along the walls all for free viewing. There are tours offered at certain times of the day and... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The detailed artwork on the walls .. and archictecture were a total surprise once inside. Lovely to have washroom facilities inside

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I loved this building. You must be able to deal with stairs and cobblestone surfaces to completely enjoy this building. Not handicapped friendly. Don't just look from outside. Beautiful and ornate inside too.

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