Basel is one of the most popular destinations in Switzerland, and the city is famous for its rich culture, brilliant architecture and tasty cuisine. The nearest airport is Basel-Mulhouse, which lies within France but is connected to Switzerland by a land corridor. Basel is very unique for standing between the borders of three different countries: France, Germany and Switzerland.
You must visit Basel at least once in a lifetime for so many reasons! First of all, the city has a legendary art scene, so all lovers of culture arrive here each year. The famous Art Basel was founded in 1970, and by time it has become the most prestigious art fair on the entire planet. This art fair is so popular it has already sites in both Miami and Hong Kong, and it’s also famous for its celebrity crowd.
The historic heart of the city is the Marktplatz, where you can find a variety of elegant shops, restaurants and cafés. Basel is definitely a place for window shopping, you can find quality goods from local luxury products to famous Swiss-made chocolates. Also, you might want to try the well-known Ueli beer, which you can find at local brewery restaurants and bars. Enjoy the breezy weather and have a gourmet brunch on a boat trip along the Rhine.
If you just want to relax, visit the largest park in Switzerland inspired by the English landscape garden. Go on a delightful walk through this green heaven, then be pleased by a delicious cup of tea and cake at the Confiserie Brändli nearby.
The Protestant Cathedral is located on a hill high above the river Rhine. Its construction began in 1019. Dedicated to the Virgin, it was built between 1019 and 1500 in Late Romantic and Early Gothic styles. It is made of red sandstone.
The Trade Fair Tower is the second largest building in Switzerland. It is 105 meters high and has 31 floors. It was designed by Morger & Degelo, and built between 2001-2003. On the 31st floor, there is an observation deck, where you can see the entire Basel.
The Fine Arts Museum is the most popular museum in Basel. The main focus is on paintings and drawings by artists in the Upper Rhine region from the 15th century. A collection of the German renaissance works include important pieces such as portraits of Hans Holbein. You can see wonderful sculptures, paintings and iconographies here.
The green-colored trams run not only in the city center but also over the French and German border. Be careful, as day tickets are not valid for outer parts of some tram lines!
Dense bus network covers the majority of Basel, not only at day but also at night. Guests of hotels are entitled to 'Mobility Ticket' by the City. It includes the transport from the airport to your hotel, just make sure that the hotel confirmation is with you.
Using a taxi in one of the world's richest country will be anything but not cheap. Counting the base fare and the distance rate, the taximeter will hardly show less than 10 CHF. Beware that some companies charge an additional amount for telephone orders!
Basel Läckerli is a local biscuit (similar to gingerbread). From small bakeries to huge supermarkets, you can buy it everywhere!
Every Saturday on Petersplatz, there is a flea market where (unlike to normal shops) haggling is possible.
Every year, on the last Saturday of October, Herbstmesse (Autumn Fair) begins and lasts for two weeks. From ferris wheel to stalls with hand-crafted products, a lot of attractions are provided, including food from all around the world (of course, you can still stick to Swiss food, choose different types of 'wurst', the national sausages instead).
LanguageFrench, German, Italian
Time ZoneCentral European Time (CET)
Electric Current230 V
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