The Botanical Garden of the University of Basel is one of the oldest in the world. It was founded in 1589 by the botanist and anatomist Caspar Bauhin and was originally located at the Rheinsprung below the old University building by the Rhine. Since then, the garden was relocated three times. Since 1898 it is situated at the current location by the Spalentor.

Currently, the 50 years old tropical greenhouse is being rebuilt, the re-opening is planned for 27 May 2023, until then the greenhouse is unfortunately inaccessible to visitors.

Opening Hours

April-October          8-18
November-March    8-17
Greenhouses          9-17

open daily, also on weekends and bank holidays
dogs are not permitted
free entry


Botanical Garden
Spalengraben 8
4051 Basel - Switzerland
+41 (61) 207 35 19 (Leitung)
+41 (61) 207 35 00 (Sekretariat)

Verein Botanischer Garten beim Spalentor