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Best Playgrounds Around Basel


*Picture above not taken in Basel.

Outdoor Playgrounds

Claramatte – Klingentalstrasse 25 Located on the Kleinbasel side of the city, this urban playground is a delight for children of all ages. With climbing areas, slides, swings, and a pool, children will be occupied for hours.

Kannenfeldpark – Burgfelderstrasse 75 This is hands down the most beautiful, enclosed park in Basel and a true haven for lovers of green space. With several small play areas including: swings, sandpits, climbing parks and a small splash pool, this is a great place to enjoy a full morning or day. Adults will relish in the opportunity to run the perimeter of the park. *This park has a café on site.

Margarethenpark – Located in 4053 Basel

This playground is split into two manageable play areas. A pool is also available during the warmer months. Don’t forget to walk up the hill to explore the trails above and the local farm.


Schützenmattpark – Bachletten 4054 This is another big park ideal for the whole family. With swings, slides and a small play area for young children, this park is great for lounging on the grass, swimming in the small pool, or digging in the sand. There is also a “track” of sorts for those inclined to run around a gorgeous urban setting. *This park has a café on site and pay toilets.


Solitude Park – Solitude – Promenade 4058 Basel This small, yet fully functional park offers plenty of green space sitting right behind the Tinguely Museum. With swings, sand – pits and a climbing area, pack a snack or lunch and enjoy your meal under the shade of a nearby tree.


St. Johanns – Park – 4056 Basel With a newly refurbished playground is an ideal spot to spend some time during the summer months. With a nice water station for the children, plenty of nearby green space, plus a lovely café, parents can have a drink in the summer sun while children happily play.


Grün 80 or Park im Grünen Münchenstein – Rainstrasse 6, 4142 Münchenstein Grün 80 sits behind Merian Park and is a true gem. The nature areas are vast and the park located behind the Migros restaurant is fun for children of all ages. With a zipline, baby swings, slides, climbing structures and a smaller area for younger children, the entire family will enjoy this park.

If you get hungry, head over to the Migros restuarant. *Restaurant onsite.


Wenken Park – Riehen – 4125 – A stunning area, with loads of green space, this area is a true oasis for children and families of all ages.  The backdrop makes for lovely strolls in nature, and across from Wenken Park sits a nice playground for children with a climbing structure, tire swings and lots of space to play soccer, catch or a nice game of chase.  A grill pit is also onsite.


Merian Gärten – 4052

For a beautiful day at a local botanical garden, head over to the Merian Gärtens located in St. Jakob.  In the front of the botanical garden sits a small playground with a large sandpit, a fountain for castle building, and a play structure.  After your little ones have enjoyed a good play, consider a delicious coffee at the newly refurbished café.  Then continue down the hill to stroll through the vegetable and herb gardens. Enjoy the sheep, chickens and rabbits before winding down for the day. A perfect family day will be had by all!


Birsköpfli – Basel – 4052 – Located on the scenic Rhine River, this park is a great spot to spread out a picnic blanket and enjoy the beach – like feel of this magical area.  Allow the children to play along the Rhine before making your way to the actual park. This location is where the Birs river dumps into the Rhine. Pack water shoes, a bucket and shovel and get digging – with adult supervision of course!  Once at the park, the children will enjoy this lovely park with the baby swings, the slides, sand pit and array of other climbing areas. The park has a Street Workout area for those inclined to burn a few calories. There are bathrooms onsite, but no café. Don’t worry, before you cross over the bridge, on the right handside sits Veranda Pellicano, which has a bar and food available. For a long, leisurely afternoon, continue to walk down the Rhine after you have visited the park.  On the right, you will see pigs and other areas at the Birsfelden Robi Spiel, but don’t stop there.  Continue to walk on to the area where the barges pass through the locks. This is guaranteed to entertain the entire family!


Breitematte – Spielplatz – Basel – 4052 – This little urban park is ideal for families of all ages. The park has swings, climbing structures and even a few ramps for bikes and skateboards.


On Saturday mornings, enjoy the local market with fresh bread, local produce and delicious treats. For older children, there is a large grassy section for playing ball and an area to take jumps on bikes, scooters and skateboards.


For a small city, Basel has some pretty incredible parks! Yes to that!

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