Water tower Bruderholz

Basel, Switzerland

The Bruderholz water tower with its surrounding natural areas is one of the most attractive green spaces in Basel. In early summer, the area is dominated by large-scale, flower-rich meadows. In some places these are particularly species-rich and feature many special species such as field widow's-flower, meadow sage and marguerite. Storks are also frequent guests here.

The square, dam-like structure of the battery was an artillery position built in 1815 to fight the French invaders and was again used for military purposes during the First World War between 1914 and 1918. The fortification is rectangular and the ramparts are overgrown with a copse. Inside the former ramparts is a lawn, which is mainly used as a playground by children. The whole area is equipped with many benches. The most exciting part is probably the water tower, which offers a unique panoramic view of Basel and the surrounding tri-national area when the sun is shining and the sky is clear.

Built around 1926, the tower still serves as a water reservoir. With its help, the upper quarters on the Bruderholz can also be supplied. To protect the groundwater, the meadows have never been fertilised and are therefore among the most species-rich areas in the city canton. The area near the water tower is regularly a venue for events, such as the annual performances of the "Quartier Circus Bruederholz" or the festival and fireworks on National Day. Normally, however, the area is mainly a quiet and relaxing place.


Right at the entrance to the grounds is the "Wasserturm" restaurant, which is particularly suitable for special occasions. There are only a few picnic facilities near the water tower, so we recommend that you bring your own food from your rucksack. There are shopping facilities and restaurants all around. 

Other greenbelt sites in the vicinity

Bettlerhöhlen Bruderholz

Nature reserve Bammertsgraben


Zoo Basel

Further information

Here you will find further information from our partner regionatur.ch on the topic 'Meadow sage' and the Basel district of Bruderholz.


  • Excursion with animals, Excursion with children, Playground, Viewpoint, Walk

  • Bicycle, Car, Public transport

  • Food must be brought along, Picnic area, Restaurant (special)

  • Cultural landscape / meadows, Insects

  • Buggies, Families, Groups (< 10 persons), Groups (> 10 persons), Pets, School classes, Walkers, Wheelchair


There is a public transport stop nearby. The number of parking spaces for cars is very limited. For those arriving from the surrounding area, it is therefore easier to travel by bicycle.

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