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Address: Theatervorplatz | Steinenberg / Klostergasse, Basel, Switzerland
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Playful and Delightfully Unique fountain

My first impression upon sighting this attraction was one of sheer delight. I couldn't decide if I was looking at the creation of a mad scientist, or the work of a genius... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My first impression upon sighting this attraction was one of sheer delight. I couldn't decide if I was looking at the creation of a mad scientist, or the work of a genius. Regardless, my enjoyment of this feature was immense. The operation of the fountain was erratic, yet playful, and with the wrought iron pieces and not stone, it is... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These fountains are pleasant and worth a look in the daylight, we did see them at night and could not see so much, so went back in daylight.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This fountain by the late Jean Tinguely offers a great view into the work of Tinguely, who by the way is represented also in a separate Museum Holding is Name.

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

This fountain is located in front of the theater in the old city of Basel. These wrought iron whimsical sculptures were designed by a famous artist born in Basel and trained in Paris. Fun and free public venue for the whole family.

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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Jean Tinguely has left his mark in Basel: you have the espectacular Tinguely Museum and you have some other attractions in the city, namely the Tinguely fountain. This is a very nice and fun example of Tinguely's work and all love it, since children to all kind of adults.

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Paulhan, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

This is unique and a must see fountain. It's been here since I began visiting Basel in the late 1970s and I really go out of my way to pay homage.... don't miss it!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

Well worth stopping to take a look if you happen to be passing. We had parked close by in order to visit the Christmas market and came across this attraction by accident. It was worth stopping!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

This fountain is worth visiting even if you see nothing more in Basel! A testament to Tinguely's genius, the fountain stands where the orchestra of the old Basel theatre used to be. In 1977, Jean Tinguely created the nine mechanical sculptures/fountains that seem to play with the shallow water all day. Just sitting on the side and listening to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016 via mobile

We did a vintage 1921 tram trip which was unique can be organized with catering max 16 persons can be seated

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

Designed by Jean Tinguely, this attraction consists of several moving machines which work with water. Each of them doing their own thing, it is quite a pleasure to watch. A must see if in Basel.

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