A person from Basel will probably tell you that this is a superimportant place in Basel.
Historically, probably, architectonically, maybe... Its ok if you are around, you can make the picture and you are done, not much to discover rather than walking through the door. It probably takes you around 4 Min to see this attraction. BUT, if you like...
The Spalentor is probably the best example of a Basel city gate now that it has been restored. On the Spalenvorstadt leading to the tower are many shops with antiques, toys and other interesting finds. Also there are several interesting restaurants.
The Spalentor is Basels historic city gate. Its easily accessible by tram or by walking up the quaint old streets from the city center (Marketplatz). Its a good place for pictures because it looks like the entrance to a large castle. Aside from the picture opportunity there's not much else to do at the Spalentor.
Although not close to the centre, this city gate is an imposing and interesting relic of the past glory when Basel was a walled city. The structure is quite large, and like a larger version of some found in the Netherlands and other European countries.
You cant miss going to and through the Old City gate when you are in Basel. Loctade conveniently just off the tram train stop this delightful photographic wonder from another era puts you in the right mood to explaire all of Basel's market plazas.