The Gate of Spalen (Spalentor) is a former city gate in the ancient city walls of Basel. One of the three remaining gateways, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful gates of Switzerland.

In October 1356, a major earthquake destroyed the old Basel. Then local people surrounded their newly built city with a high city wall and a moat in front of it. The ring wall had over 40 towers and seven of them were gate towers like the Spalentor (completed in 1473-74).

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Founded: 1473
Category: Castles and fortifications in Switzerland

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Viktor Gsteiger (18 months ago)
The Spalentor is the end of my favourite street in Basel. I reccomend that you walk from the Universität to here through the beautiful street leading to it. The Spalentor itself is very pretty and one of the remnants of the very old part of the town. I take all my visitors there and recommend to walk by it if you can.
Kane Dodgson (18 months ago)
Its a big gate tower, impressive, in really good condition take a photo off you go
Juli Star (19 months ago)
A Beautiful Structure build. Very old. I went with my classmates there!
Mary Collins (2 years ago)
Absolutely, the most beautiful part of Basel! Full of visible historical landmarks and quirky shops (like Johann Wanner Christmas shop), cafes and restaurants. Picture perfect!!
Adam Potyok (2 years ago)
Supposed to be a three star Hotel, but seemed more like a 4 star. Could only imagine how nice a 5 star hotel in Basel is. Beautiful hotel and close to historical district. Amazing staff. Would recommend to anyone visiting Basel, Switzerland.
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