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Binningen, Switzerland

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Country  Switzerland
Elevation  292 m
Population  14,685 (Sep 30, 2009)
Area  4.43 km2
District  Arlesheim

Binningen (Swiss German: Binnige) is a municipality in the district of Arlesheim in the canton of Basel-Country in Switzerland. It is nestled in a valley, on a plateau, and on two hills overlooking the city of Basel.


Map of Binningen, Switzerland


Binningen, Switzerland in the past, History of Binningen, Switzerland

Binningen is first mentioned in 1004 as Binningen. Various versions of the name Binningen appear in records dating from between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries, such as "Binnengin" and "Biningin".


Binningen has an area, as of 2009, of 4.43 square kilometers (1.71 sq mi). Of this area, 0.93 km2 (0.36 sq mi) or 21.0% is used for agricultural purposes, while 0.31 km2 (0.12 sq mi) or 7.0% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 3.19 km2 (1.23 sq mi) or 72.0% is settled (buildings or roads) and 0.02 km2 (4.9 acres) or 0.5% is unproductive land.

Binningen, Switzerland Beautiful Landscapes of Binningen, Switzerland

Of the built up area, industrial buildings made up 1.1% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 53.7% and transportation infrastructure made up 9.5%. while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 7.2%. Out of the forested land, 5.9% of the total land area is heavily forested and 1.1% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 14.7% is used for growing crops and 4.3% is pastures, while 2.0% is used for orchards or vine crops.

The municipality is located in the Arlesheim district, along the Birsig river. Bottmingen was part of Binningen until 1837. Over the course of the 19th Century it has been absorbed by the agglomeration of Basel.


  • Allschwiler forest: nature reserve on the Western end of Binningen
  • Astronomy observatory from the University of Basel
  • Binningen castle: former lake castle, which was built in the 13th century and belongs now to the municipality of Binningen. Since 1870 it has had a restaurant, and since 2007 an adjacent hotel.
  • Catholic church
  • Holee castle from 1550: is now in private ownership
  • Ice-skating station, St. Margarethen
  • Monteverdi Car Collection: largest Swiss car museum
  • Neubad Inn: former welness bath built in 1765 around natural springs
  • Sunbath St. Margarethen (Sonnenbad)
  • St. Margarethen: church on the Margarethen hill
  • Ortsmuseum (town museum)
  • Zoo Basel (some non-public-access area is on Binningen ground) the zoos South entrance lies just outside Binningens border
  • Economy

    As of 2007, Binningen had an unemployment rate of 2.48%. As of 2005, there were 51 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 10 businesses involved in this sector. 767 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 79 businesses in this sector. 4,360 people were employed in the tertiary sector, with 461 businesses in this sector. There were 6,997 residents of the municipality who were employed in some capacity, of which females made up 45.6% of the workforce.


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