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The Vitra Design Museum offers enough reason to visit Basel all by itself. Located on a unique campus of architectural wonders in the Weil am Rhein area to the north of Basel, the Vitra Design Museum has a fascinating history and a reputation as one of the top destinations in Europe for furniture, interior design and architecture fans.
Heading out from your hotel in Basel to check out the Vitra Design Museum is a unique experience and well worth the trip. So whether you choose a luxury Basel city centre hotel or stay in one of the cheap hotels further out, you’ll be well placed to get to the museum by bus, tram, train or taxi. The area of Weil am Rhein where the Vitra Design Museum is situated is so close it feels like a part of Basel, but it’s technically in Germany, so check with your accommodation about border crossing guidance. Or if you’d like to make sure you’re really close by – and first in the queue for one of the two daily guided tours – search in Weil am Rhein itself to find a hotel near the Vitra Design Museum.
At the Vitra Design Museum you can explore one of the largest furniture collections in the world. The pieces on display date from the early 1800s up to the modern day and showcase the height of each era’s design style. The museum building itself is also a huge draw for visitors from all over the world – it’s part of the visionary Vitra Campus, conceived as an architectural mecca in 1981 by the owners of the Vitra furniture company after a fire destroyed most of their factory buildings. The Vitra Design Museum was the first building in Europe to be designed by Frank Gehry, the renowned architect responsible for the Guggenheim in Bilbao, and there are buildings on the same site designed by the likes of Zaha Hadid and Tadao Ando. So staying in Basel really does put a wealth of world-class design on your doorstep.