Department of Ancient Civilizations

Petersgraben 51
4051 Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 17 00

Opening hours

The Rosshof is open daily from 8am-6pm.

At least one of the three secretariats is open every day from 10-12 and 14-16. The individual opening hours can be found with the individual administrative staff members under Departmental Administration.

The library is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during lecture periods and daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during non-lecture periods. Exact and current information can be found here.


As of 12.06.2023, access to the building via the main entrance will only be possible with a key (employees of the department and the library) or UNICard (members of the University of Basel). Persons without UNICard, i.e. library users who do not belong to the university, must ring the bell at the entrance and register.


By car coming from Switzerland

Coming from Central Switzerland, please leave the A2 freeway at the Basel/St. Jakob exit and drive towards the city center. As soon as you see the red post office building above the railroad tracks on your left, turn left and drive into the following short tunnel. Cross the Heuwaage viaduct, turn right again and take the exit to the right at the next sharp left turn, which leads you directly to Lyss (streetcar tracks). There, go straight along Petersgraben, where the Rosshof, behind the stylized city wall, is home to the ancient history department.

Since parking spaces are scarce, however, we recommend that you do not turn off at the sharp left-hand bend in Steinengraben, but continue along it, past Spalentor, and after about 300 meters you will find the parking garage of the Cantonal Hospital (attention: entrance in the middle of the street!). From there, if you use the exit to Petersgraben, it is only a 3 minute walk up Petersgraben to Rosshof.

Coming by car from Germany (Karlsruhe)

After customs, please exit the highway at the Badischer Bahnhof and turn right into Schönaustrasse shortly after the main square in front of the Badischer Bahnhof. Continue straight on this road and you will reach the area of the Kantonspital (Cantonal Hospital) via Feldbergstrasse, Johanniterbrücke and the Schanzenstrasse behind it, which you will see on your left at the next intersection. Continue straight ahead and take the entrance to the hospital parking garage, which is located in the middle of the street, only 50 meters further on. From there it is only a 3 minute walk via the Petersgraben exit.

Arrivant de la France (Mulhouse)

Après avoir passé la douane suisse suivez la Flughafenstrasse, qui passe la grande usine d'incinération des déchets de Bâle, un grand croisement et débouche finalement dans le cercle du Kannenfeldplatz. De là vous prenez la Kannenfeldstrasse jusque'au prochain croisement, tournez à gauche et entrez la Missionsstrasse, qui vous mène finalement au Spalentor. De là, suivant la Schanzenstrasse à gauche, vous arrivez après 300 mètres au grand parking du Kantonsspital (Attention: l'entrée est au milieu de la rue!). Nous vous le recommendons parce qu'il est interdit de parquer sa voiture au centre de la ville. Et après une petite marche à pied de 3 minutes vous êtes déjà la ...

The last mile ...

The nearest public transport stop to Rosshof is "Universität" (formerly "Lyss"), served by streetcar no. 3 and bus no. 34. 1 minute away is the "Universität" stop of bus line 30, which shuttles between the stations. Only five minutes away is also the main axis of Basel's public transport; closest to the seminar here is the "Marktplatz" streetcar stop, where streetcars No. 6, 8, 11, 14, 15, 17 and buses No. 33, 34, 36, 37 and 6../../604 (to France) stop.