Fall Culture Travel :: Tinguely Museum and Unser Bier in Basel
You don't have to stay at home just because the leaves are changing. Follow along on our Fall Culture Map to discover what's happening this autumn.
If you're not quite an art gallery fan but need to get inside during a fall day in Basel, Switzerland, then try the eccentric but well-renowned Jean Tinguely Museum. Initially created by the (allegedly) crazy artist Tinguely, it's a collection of unusual sculptures, decorations and other kinds of artwork, a large proportion of which were created from junk. The artwork also tends to move, make noises, jump, clatter and generally surprise you. Rotating exhibitions from like-minded artists keep the Tinguely a fascinating place to return to, too.
In the center of Basel, there's also a Tinguely statue and sculpture set, all designed to function as a fountain. Weird things spray water in unexpected places, and you'll usually find a bunch of tourists taking pictures.
Afterwards, back near the central train station in the Gundeldinger District, you'll find the simply-named brewery Unser Bier, which translates to "Our Beer". You'll have to time your visit right as Unser Bier is usually only open to the public on Thursday and Friday nights (the rest of the week it's often booked for private functions), but it's such a sweet Swiss success story that you've got to try it. It's a microbrewery that opened just a decade ago but is quickly grabbing market share from people who want to buy strictly local beer--that tastes really good.