Jurassic World made box office history. Now, it’s the perfect time, to find out where the Jurassic story began and what you can discover at the Jurassic birth-place: Northwest-Switzerland

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From Jura Mountains to Jurassic World – The timeline 1000 B.C. – The Jura mountains were named in Celtic “ǰor” which means forest or forestland
1795 A.D. – Alexander von Humboldt named a type of stone he discovered Jurakalk
1829 A.D. – Alexandre Brongniart named the time period, when the Jurakalk was formed, the ‘Jurassic Period’ – which was around 201-145 million years ago
1990 A.D. – Michael Crichton publishes the book ‘Jurassic Park’
1993 A.D. – The movie ‘Jurassic Park’ from Stephen Spielberg was released in cinemas
2015 A.D. – The fourth sequel Jurassic World is released
“Jurassic” remains in North West Switzerland
The region of Basel is still full of dinosaurs. In downtown Basel, on the Bruderholz hill, and, of course, in the Jurassic mountains (Jura). Here’s an overview of dinosaurs to be discovered in the greater Basel region:
1. Natural History Museum Most dinosaurs in downtown Basel are at the Natural History Museum. Explore the remains of a seven meter long Allosaurus, a life sized model of a Plateosaurus, and a real dinosaur egg. These and many more dinosaurs you can see and buy are at the Basel Natural History Museum. The museum will answer questions like: How did they eat? How did they grow up? and: why were they so large? The museum even has a diorama with plastic reconstructions to help children understand the underwater life at the time of the dinosaurs. Directions – Take the tram or bus to the station Schifflände and then walk up the minster hill. It will be the large building with huge brown doors on the right.
2. Water tower Bruderholz In an old park on a hill, overlooking Basel, and in the shadow of the historic Basel water tower, you will cross paths with a life sized Diplodocus. It is 27 meters long and provides the scene for fantastic pictures. Directions – Take tram 15 to Bruderholz. Then walk uphill towards the water tower.

3. Park im Grünen In the middle of Basel’s largest park area, the former Grün80, you will find a Seismosaurus in it’s full size! 40 meters long and 8 meters tall. You can try to climb it as long as you like, this dino is too tall for you. If you visit this Jurassic World “sight,” be aware of these attractions close by: one of the best Basel playgrounds, the beautiful Merian botanical gardens, a fun mini-golf, large grassy knolls for pick-nicks, and a restaurant overlooking a pond with swans & fountains. All within minutes to the Seismosaurus! Directions – Either tram 10 to Neue Welt or tram 14 to St.Jakob. By car you will park best at Park im Grünen (next to the mini-golf and playground). First 2 hours are free.
4. Dinosaur Museum Frick In Frick, you can see the only whole dinosaur skeleton in Switzerland. Among the many fossils re ammonites, nautilids, muscles, snails, brachiopods, and many more sea creatures. Guided tours are available in English (call before). The film about the discovery, recovery, and preservation of the only whole Swiss Plateosaurus skeleton is only available in German.Directions – From Basel there are good train connections to Frick (among them the S-Bahn). The museum is short walk from the train station. By car, you can take the Autobahn to Zürich and arrive within 30 minutes.
5. Roundabout Frick In remembrance of the 1961 Plateosaurus discovery in Frick, the city of Frick erected a Plateosaurus model in a roundabout. It’s on the main street on the South end of Frick. If you take the second Frick Autobahn exit from Basel to the museum, you will drive right by it.
6. Préhisto Parc Over forty life-sized pre-historic models, from amphibians to dinosaurs, are alongside a two kilometer forest trail. The park has paid special attention to the scenery and has tried hard to recreate the habitat from the time when the dinosaurs ruled the planet. (Note: the official webpage is pretty loud)A great combination provide “Jurassic age” caves, a panorama tower, and a pick-nick area. In the caves, you will see 15 meter tall stalagmites and stalactites. We recommended to bring rugged footwear and a sweater as the cave temperature is around seven 7°C / 45°F. Tours are twice daily in French and German. English is sometimes available. Call ahead to find out if there are places on the tour and if they can give it in English while you’re visiting. Feel free to bring your own food as there is a picnic area by the entrance with a fire place and tables. How to get there? – With public transport it takes about 2 hours 20 minutes. Take the train to Porrentruy. Then the post-bus (Postauto) to the stop ‘Caves’ or in French ‘Grottes’. The same trip by car takes about 1 hour 20 minutes from downtown Basel. Take the A18 towards Delémont and then the A16 to Villemiclave in Chevenez. Follow the road Le Bout-d’chus until the caves.
Final Buzz The greater Basel area has many dinosaur hotspots (even more than listed here) and even if it may “just” be one dinosaur on a hill, you can still plan a great afternoon/day when combining activities close by. The block-buster movie Jurassic World is still running in German and English in Basel movie theaters. Both 2-D and 3-D shows are available. For this movie, Basel Buzz recommends 3-D. If you have them, save money and bring your own 3-D glasses!
Map Locations

» 1. Natural history museum
» 2. Water tower Bruderholz
» 3. Park im Grünen
» 4. Dinosaur museum Frick
» 5. Roundabout Frick
» 6. Prehisto Parc

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