Offene Kirche Elisabethen
Offene Kirche Elisabethen
4.5
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
About
The Open Church is a postdenominational church, based in the jewish-christian faith, open for each person of good will, whatever they believe in. Wether you are looking for silence, a blessing or for a lively disco: We cater to your needs. The church is open Mon trough Sat from 10am and to 7pm. On sundays we open after local masses and services @ 12 noon. Our cafe offers exquisit hot and cold drinks from 7am on. You can rent the church for your familiy or business events (www.your-venue-basel.com). Our programm can be found @ www.offenekirche.ch.
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Neighborhood: Vorstädte
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  • Basel SBB Station • 9 min walk
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permia
Ireland63,212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
A fine edifice in the Gothic Revival style it is a landmark in the Old Town. Pronounced hallmarks include a bell tower and spire reaching more than 70 metres skywards.

Practically empty on visiting, an expansive central nave goes to the choir and altar area with a trio of vibrant stained glass windows as a backdrop.

Unveiled in 1864, interestingly it was the first church completed in the city since Reformation times. It is now an Open church, catering to all groups.
Written December 29, 2022
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We feel very much understood! Thanx for your kind and knowledgeable review!
Written March 13, 2023
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania35,328 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
A large and beautiful church. Now it no longer has a religious purpose, but hosts various secular activities. Very beautiful stained glass windows. The tower was in an extensive renovation process in December 2022. On one side, there is a very interesting little cafe.
Written January 13, 2023
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… a very interesting little café inside a very interesting big CHURCH which is and always will be: A CHURCH! 😊
Written March 13, 2023
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Alexandra_Rus
Cluj-Napoca, Romania73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
When around Theatre Basel and admiring the Tinguely Fountain, don't miss to direct your attention to beautiful neo-gothic Elisabeth open church.

We went there to run wrong cold, and were surprised of what we found. Music was playing in the background whilst we were admiring the beautiful interior of the church, such a feeling... priceless!

What makes this church even more interesting, is that is an open church and you can even organize events there.There is also a nice interior cafe and you can go up the tower for a donation of 3CHF.

Quite a climb, mixed with a bit of vertigo and claustrophobic feeling for me, but when up there, we got the best view over the city!! That is the best place to see Munster in all its beauty.

Don't miss this landmark, we went even twice :)
Written January 29, 2017
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Thank you for your positive feedback. We are always happy when visitors realize the whole potential of the open church of St. Elisabeth
Written May 3, 2017
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EESW1
Lincolnshire, UK5,228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
This is a splendid neo-Gothic building and its spire not only rivals that of Basel Cathedral but is also taller. It replaced an earlier smaller C16th church and was built by the wealthy business man, Christoph Merian, as a suitable burial place for him and his wife. They are buried in black marble sarcophagi in the crypt and had their own private pew opposite the stone pulpit.

Money was no object and at a time when bricks were scarce and expensive in Switzerland, the church has a ribbed brick ceiling. It was the first church to be built in the city since the Reformation.

The church is reached up a flight of steps to the door off Elisabethenstrasse and has a a tympanum showing Jesus and the woman at the well.

Inside it is a very large church with an arcade of tall pillars soaring up to the roof. Above the arches is a wide gallery with the ogan over the doorway.

It is unusual that it has two pulpits, a carved wood pulpit and a stone pulpit with an elaborately carved wood canopy painted to resemble stone.

The crowning glory of the church is the glorious window above the high altar depicting the Nativity, Crucifixion and the Resurrection. The colours glow in the sunlight. The rest of the windows are grey and white glass with stained glass panels at the top.

There were plans to demolish the church in the 1980s but fortunately it was saved. It has been carefully renovated and is the home of the first Swiss ‘Open Church’ catering for the spiritual, cultural and social needs of all the people of Basel. It is open daily except Mondays and has a small cafe at the back. Visitos can also climb the tower for views across the city.

Being away from teh old centre, the chuch probably doesn't get that many visitors. It is worth searching out.
Written August 17, 2016
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Dear EESW1: Thanx for taking the time to write this deep and exact review of our church which couldn't be more to the point than it is. Two corrections: The ballot to tear our church down failed in 1968. AND: We do have some 60 to 80'000 visitors per year (letting you decide whether you find this much or few ;-)) Hope to see you coming back!
Written September 20, 2016
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Gerry A
Birchington, UK60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
Lovely church. For 3 Francs you can climb to the top of the tower where you get great views. The staircase to the top is very narrow and a great feat of engineering/construction.
Written September 3, 2015
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strawberryroan
Breckenridge, CO140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Couples
On a stroll in Basel we came across this beautiful church. It is no longer a parish church but has been restored and it open to the public. It's a wonderful place to just sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. There is a outdoor cafe next door (we were there on a warm day) and apparently it's possible to eat inside because we saw a couple of tables in a side aisle.
Written May 14, 2012
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vickiebypass
Stamford, CT297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
I found a listing on the "This is Basel" site about a 12:15 concert at this church, so decided to go. What an unexpected treat! They have a café so I got a slice of apple tart with streusel and when I asked for Coke zero the guy said yes. They had four small tables in an upper area up a circular stone stairway with two big stained glass windows and a vaulted ceiling, but all in a small area. Turns out the Coke zero is an all natural, all Swiss version of Coke zero which cost more than the slice of apple tart… Oh well. The atmosphere was great but the tart wasn’t the best ever. However, the concert was the best day ever and might be a highlight of my week here in Basel.

I didn’t know what kind of concert it was when I decided to go and assumed it was a musician or two but it turns out it was two women professional singers who specialize in medieval French songs. It was amazing. As soon as they started to sing, I was flabbergasted; their sound was ethereal; somehow their two voices blended and managed to sound like an entire choir singing. With the candles lit, the stained glass windows behind them and up lights highlighting the carved wooden choir stalls, I felt like it was the 15th century and I was in church. Their voices soared up and up and up and through the entire church. A great experience. And this was something that I had stumbled across on the official tourist website of “what’s on in Basel”.

This looks like an interesting, vibrant church. They had signs for a "Bike Blessing" where they'll bless your motorcycle.
Written May 4, 2023
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Dear Vickie: We are more than thrilled about your ability to recognize, experience and enjoy things, athmosphere and places; all the more if it us, our café, our staff, our music and our church. We are proud to be the “church for everyone in heart of basel”. You proved this. We thank you for it. May there be many more places for you to discover in our beautiful town.
Written May 5, 2023
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,684 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Very interesting and impressive church that is open to everyone. There is also a café.
I think the church itself is relatively new, less than two centuries old.
Written September 27, 2020
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MikeT19278
San Jose, CA169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
I visited this church after visiting the Historical Museum down the block. There was a service going on, so I wandered around for a while until it was over. The interior of the church is rather plan, befitting a Lutheran church which I guess it was for a time. My eye caught the sign for the stairs up the spire, which I gladly paid the 5 francs for. After many tiring stairs up (also very tight in places), I emerged at the top and got a great view of Basel in all directions. Worth the climb!
Written November 9, 2018
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Thank you visiting our beautiful church and the tower. Safe onward journey and return to home.
Written January 21, 2019
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Oleg Y
Belgrade, Serbia2,703 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
That's what we found also in the very center of the old Basel, a very nice and elegant Gothic Kirche Elizabethen. It is not so old sanctuary, dating from the second half of nineteenth century when it was built and now located, here in the centre of Basel, next to the Theater Basel.
The style of this church is so called Gothic Revival style with 72 metres
tall bell tower and spire. We entered inside and spotted very nice stone pulpit at one wall of the church, with a carved wood canopy.
Lit a candle and stayed for a while, looking at the interior of the church, which nowadays has got multiple roles, as for instance to cater to the spiritual, cultural and social needs of urban people of all backgrounds.
Whether rich or poor, they all find here a shelter, a refuge from the outer world, some kind of comfort and consolation.
We were very pleased to come here.
Written February 2, 2018
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Dear Oleg! We feel understood and very carefully described by your words! Have a safe onward journey and get back home safely!
Written February 5, 2018
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