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Liestal

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Liestal is the capital of Basel-Country belonging to the Region of Basel (Region).

View of the Törli and the city centre

Understand[edit]

The small town lies in the far north end of the Jura mountain range. Where the countryside is spotted with valleys and vast plateaus. The city itself lies at the junction of two valleys marking it as an important local center for public and private transport. The city centre is medieval with houses dating back to the 13th century. The Tourist Information is located at the Dichter- und Stadtmuseum Rathausstrasse 30 (+41 61 921 01 25).

Get in[edit]

There are luggage lockers at the trainstation from 5CHF (Warning: If you leave your luggage for more than 24h it will be taken to the Lost&Found at the ticket counter (open Mo–Fr 6.30am–7pm, Sa 7am–6pm, Sun 9am–6pm) and you will have to pay an extra fee to get your stuff back).

By plane[edit]

The closest airport is the Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg [1]. Go to the Basel page for more information. Get to Liestal by train from Basel SBB Railway Station.

By car[edit]

When arriving from Basel or Zurich take the A2/A2 and get off in Liestal. Follow the signs to the city centre. When arriving from Bern or Lucerne take the A2/A2 in the direction of Basel and get off in Sissach. Follow the Signs to Liestal take the exit Solothurn/Waldenburg/Reigoldswil/Liestal-Altmarkt.

By train[edit]

One of the main trainroutes Basel to Bern and Zurich via Olten passes trough Liestal. There are several express trains as well as regional trains stopping every hour. Check the website of the SBB (Swiss Federal Railway) [2] to get the exact departure times. The Waldenburgerbahn [3] [4] has its starting point at Liestal.

By bus[edit]

Liestal is the main hub for busses to the surrounding villages. There are also connections to the Aeschenplatz in Basel. Check the SBB [5] Website for departure times.

Get around[edit]

The center of the city is small enough to go on foot. From the railwaystation you can reach the city center within 5 minutes on foot.

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In Town[edit]

  • Törli, The upper town gate was preserved unlike the lower gate which was demolished in 1827. It is the town's landmark. It protected the south entrance to the city and concludes the Rathausstrasse (town hall street). The foundation originates from the 13th century, the clock tower was built in 1554.Until 1959 the entire transit between Basel and the Hauensteinpass went trough the old town gate. Address: Rathaussstrasse
  • St. Martin Church, Address: Martinshof
  • Rathaus (town hall), Address: Rathausstrasse 36 (front), Fischmarkt (backside)

Surrounding Countryside[edit]

  • Wasserfallen, Hiking aeria with several montain restaurants and a high wire park [6]. There is a cable car to the top. [7]
  • Aussichtsturm, at 614 m above sea level on top of the look-out tower you can see as far as Basel, even France and Germany. All around you can see the valleys and high planes of the Jura mountain range. There are several hiking trails to reach the tower (open all year, 0.50 CHF entrance fee) and the restaurant (open Sundays and Public Holidays 7am to 6pm).
  • Roman Water Pipe, the roman settlers brought water from Lausen trough an underground tunnel to Augusta Raurica. At the Heidenloch there are pieces of the pipe to visit.
  • Hiking, there are a lot of beautiful hiking trails in the countryside around Liestal. Get the current information from you hotel or the Tourist Information at the Dichter- und Stadtmuseum Rathausstrasse 30 (+41 61 921 01 25).
  • Augusta Raurica, About 2000 years ago there was a roman city with 20'000 citizens close to Augst. today you can visit several witnesses to that time: theatre, forum, Curia, temples,... [8]
Panorama from the Aussichtsturm

Do[edit][add listing]

Chienbäse & Liestler Fasnacht[edit]

Burning Kienbäse

The highlight of the Liestals Carnival is the Chienbäse at the Fasnachtssonntag (Sunday before carnval, 17.2.2013/9.3.2014/22.2.2015) at 7.15pm. The blazing Kienbesen (bundled wooden logs, like a broom around a wooden handle) are carried trough the darkened historic centre. In between there are some fire waggons with flames several meters high.

1st August[edit]

The establishment of the Swiss Confederation is traditionally dated to 1 August 1291; Swiss National Day is celebrated on the anniversary. In Liestal there is a celebration with music and fireworks on the Sichtern.

Liestal Air[edit]

Open Air in Liestal at the end of june (no exact date known) look up the exact date as well as the program on their website [9]

Other[edit]

  • Public Bath, visit the swimming pool (indoor & outdoor) at Militärstrasse 14/18 (Bus Nr. 78 to Lausen Stutz exit at Hallenbad).Opening hours generally 8am-8pm. Entrance fee: 4CHF/8CHF child/adult. [10]
  • Billiard at Club Escape Lausenerstrasse 22 [11]
  • Cinema, Kino Oris at Kanonengasse 15 [12], Kulturhaus Palazzo at railway station (Bahnhofsplatz) [13] (films are generally shown only in German, for English shows go to Basel)

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Buy some Baselbieter Rahmtäfeli, the local speciality small cream candys, at the local Migros or Coop.

There are a frew shops to buy clothes, food and souveniers around the Rathausstrasse. Most stores close at 6:30PM Mo-Fr. Stores close by 5PM on Saturday and nothing is open on Sunday. Exceptions are the stores around the train station and the Denner at the Wasserturmplatz. There is a local crafts market one Wendesday a month as well as a Flea Market a few times over the year. If you like shopping go to Basel (15min by train) or even Zurich (50min by train).

  • Post Office: the post office is close to the train station at Poststrasse 3, open Mo-Fr 10am - 12pm and 3.30pm - 6pm. Postcards and stamps can also be bought at the Kiosk at Rathausstrasse.
  • Bank: There are branches of different banks at the junction on Rheinstrasse and Bahnhofstrasse, open Mo-Fr 9am-12pm and 1.30pm-5pm. There are also several ATM's open 24h at the train station as well as the Rathausstrasse.


Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Restaurant Ziegelhof, at Zeughausplatz 15 [14], best Schnitzel in town.
  • Restaurant Pine, at Benzburweg 18 [15], really good Pizza.
  • Restaurant Stadtmühle, at Mühlegasse 22 [16].
  • Restaurant zum Bären, at Zeughausplatz 30 [17].
  • Asia Huus, at Rathausstrasse 72
  • Hotel Engel, at Kasernenstrasse 10 [18]

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Krone, at Kasernenstrasse 14 [19]
  • Restaurant Alti Braui at Kasernenstrasse 22 [20]
  • Café Bar Farbklex, at Kasernenstrasse 16 [21]
  • Scenario, at Brugstrasse 12 [22], drink Caipirinha
  • Hitchy's Rockbar, at Seestrasse 21 [23]
  • Club Modus, at Eichenweg 1 [24], most events are 16+, check the website for details.
  • Club Escape, at Lausenerstrasse 22 [25], go dancing or play Billiard

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Kulturhotel Guggenheim, at Wasserturmplatz 6&7 [26], rooms from 100CHF/night (long-term residence 250/per week)
  • B&B Villa Burggarten, at Gartenstrasse 2 [27] (bedandbreakfast@villaburggarten.ch)
  • B&B Rotes Schaf, at Arisdörferstrasse 118 [28] (0041 (0)79 375 84 64), rooms from 80CHF/night inkl. Breakfast
  • Hotel Engel, at Kasernenstrasse 10 [29]
  • Bad Schauenburg, at Schauenburgerstrasse 76 [30]
  • Seiler's Hotel, at Rheinstrasse 93 [31] (0041 (0)61 901 32 22)

Cope[edit]

  • Police Station is located at Rheinstrasse 25.
  • Hospital the Kantonsspital (county hospital) is located in Liestal at Rheinstrasse 26 [32].
  • Pharmacy there are several pharmacies located along the Rathausstrasse.
  • Fitness Center, there are several fitness centers in Liestal, depending on your preferences try MEM [33] or Galaxys [34].
  • Public Library at Emma Herwegh-Platz 4 [35] (has a basic selection of english books)

Contact[edit]

  • Use of computers at the public library is free (30min/day), free WiFi (registration needed) [36] (Emma Herwegh-Platz 4)
  • Free WiFi at Mac Donalds Restaurant (Poststrasse 1)

Get out[edit]

Go to the Basel page for information on where to go next.


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