Due to the current pandemic, please always check country restrictions and openings for all museums, events and the size of gatherings permissible. When we completed this hike, we were not living under the umbrella of a global pandemic.
A few years ago, we discovered a way to combine both the education of art and the natural world for our children. There is a lovely hike called “24 Stops” or “Rehberger-Weg,” that leads participants from the gorgeously set Foundation Beyeler located in Riehen, to the Vitra Campus in Germany.
This flat, easy path mixes both natural and urban environments, is a delight all times of the year, but particularly beautiful in the spring and autumn when the temperatures are cool and the vineyards are rich with color.
Plan on allocating a good portion of your day to complete both museum visits and the roughly 5km walk. Check the museum websites to determine if there are child-centric events on the date of your visit. When you visit the Vitra Campus, do not forget to visit the Vitra Slide Tower, which was a huge hit with our children. Open from 10:00 on most days, children ages six and older are able to grab a carpet, climb to the top of the tower and slide down the enormous slide. Our children ages 10 and seven, made several treks up to the top of the tower enjoying the slide for a good portion of an hour. If you are not inclined to visit the Vitra Design Museum, pop into the VitraHaus to explore and marvel at the brilliant art of family living and design.
Though there are not designated play areas along the route, there are “art installments” that children can search for to keep them motivated. At installment 15, consider enjoying a snack or picnic on the benches while the children play on a rope swing located in the tree, which was present a couple of years ago.
Prior to starting your full day of culture and nature, here are a few tips to help you plan and execute a successful day in the museums and on the trail.
1. If you have the Museums Pass bring it with you for free entry to Foundation Beyeler and according to the Vitra Campus map, The Vitra Design Museum (building 4 on the map) and Vitra Schaudepot, (building 21 on the map).
2. Dress in layered, comfortable clothes and good walking shoes.
3. On sunny days, bring sunscreen, sunglasses and hats for all members of your family, as this trail offers little shade.
4. Bring plenty of water, snacks and even a picnic lunch.
5. There are a few roads and road crossings throughout the trail. Keep your children in close contact for safety.
6. Know that if you are walking all the way to the Vitra Campus, you will return by bus. Plan your trip accordingly, especially on Sundays and holidays, when the bus does not run as frequently. This path can be completed in reserve, ending at the Foundation Beyeler, which we would recommend if you live in Basel.
7. Pack both Euros and Swiss Francs for the Vitra Campus.