A day in Merian Park
Basel enjoys some of the hottest weather in Switzerland, and there is no better place to enjoy it than in the city’s botanical gardens, Merian Park. The residents can thank Christoph Merian for this recreational space. He lent the land and buildings to the city in 1968 so that everyone could enjoy the plants and flowers in this lovely haven of 33 acres.
Nature lovers will love visiting the bee and butterfly houses, spotting rabbits or sheep and exploring the herb garden. Even in the wintertime, the gardens are enchanting. Follow tracks in the snow, or join a free walk with a guide and be taught all about survival, tracking and the moods of winter. For another dose of nature in the heart of the city, park-goers can round their day off with a trip to the Basel Zoo, which is just a short tram ride away.
Merian Park is very child-friendly. The grass is ideal for playing games, and children cannot help falling in love with the colossal dinosaur statue which locals have affectionately named Dino. If the fresh air starts to make you peckish, stop for a coffee and a piece of cake at the Café Merian – Christoph’s summer residence before he opened it to the public.
After a day of nature and culture at the park, visitors to Basel will be ready to unwind back at their hotel. When staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel make use of the hotel’s many services and facilities. Enjoy drinks in the on-site bar and a better meal in the restaurant. Indulge yourself in the impressive indoor pool with massage jets, sooth aching muscles in the sauna and steam bath, or let an experienced masseuse take over and knead away the last traces of tension.