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Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Parks
Riehen is a municipality in the canton of Basel-Stadt in Switzerland. Together with the city of Basel and Bettingen, Riehen is one of three municipalities in the canton.Riehen hosts the Fondation Beyeler as well as a toy museum.Riehen was the first municipality in Switzerland to elect a woman, Trudy Späth-Schweizer to political office, in 1958.HistoryRiehen is first mentioned in 1157 as Rieheim.GeographyRiehen has an area, of 10.86km2. Of this area, 2.78km2 or 25.6% is used for agricultural purposes, while 2.74km2 or 25.2% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 5.19km2 or 47.8% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.23km2 or 2.1% is either rivers or lakes.Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 28.0% and transportation infrastructure made up 7.7%. while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 11.3%. Out of the forested land, 23.8% of the total land area is heavily forested and 1.4% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 14.2% is used for growing crops and 7.3% is pastures, while 4.1% is used for orchards or vine crops. Of the water in the municipality, 0.2% is in lakes and 1.9% is in rivers and streams.The municipality is located on the right bank of the Rhine on the Swiss-German border between Wiese and the Chrischonahügel.Coat of armsThe blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Azure, six Bricks Argent one, two and three.
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