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Around 1200, a second outer fortification of the town was built.
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Spalenvorstadt, Basel 4056, Switzerland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Spalentor is a symbol of Basel especially since a 50 cents Helvetia stamp from the 1960s depicts the Spalentor. The inner city view of the gate hasn't dramatically changed since 1500, well the tram line is new! I love this gate. When I am...More

Thank StefanCal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just walked through the Arch way but it was really beautiful. You need to spend a few minutes admiring it

Thank Ingoldmellsholidays
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While not exciting, the remarkable gate is worth exploring. It won’t take a long time, but will be more impressive in person than photos convey.

Thank TraceM49
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very easy to get to. One of the local trams goes right past the Spalentor. It is one of the old city gates and is worth the 5 minute tram ride.

Thank Greg B
Reviewed September 4, 2018

You can see this from a tram, bus or just walking. It the main entrance to the beginning of the historic area so it is a good locator when walking. There is a historical marker with info.

Thank Karen B
Reviewed August 30, 2018

Spalentor is one of a few remaining city gates within Basel. This is one of the best looking of the gates but is unfortunately located next to a busy junction on one side and this takes a little away from its spendor.The other side leads...More

Thank Barry A
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Most of the Basel city walls are gone (except for three gates and a stretch of the wall in St. Albans) but the preservation on this wonderful city gate gives you a sense at least of what they must have been like. Basel has lost...More

Thank Christopher L
Reviewed August 23, 2018

We walked through or past this gate twice daily on our recent visit to Basel and each time I stopped to look. It is beautiful and really made me think of fairytales - looks particularly stunning lit up at night.

Thank natalierankin
Reviewed August 8, 2018

Just on the edge of town, we walked here early on a sunday morning, and you are transported back to medieval times. Only takes a few minutes to admire.

Thank cathhhhhh
Reviewed August 1, 2018

Superb landmark of historical and architectural interest. Serves as an entrance into the old city where you can find many sights of interest, restaurants and bars.

Thank Natalia T
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