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Above the rooftops of Basel

Early morning in Basel

The Basel Art Museum hosts the world’s largest Holbein collection.

The Basel Carnival – ranks with those in Venice and Rio de Jenairo

Basel’s Old Town

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Basel is an exciting travel destination, yet often underrated.

 

Basel is located on the Rhine River and embedded in a charming countryside in the three-country-corner of Switzerland, Germany and France. The Black Forest (Germany), the Vosges Mountains (France) and the Swiss Jura Mountains are close. And due to its location, Basel’s history is much influenced by diverse cultures which make the city’s urban life very multifaceted. Basel is also the third largest city in Switzerland (population approx: 170.000), a banking and industrial center, an internationally renowned marketplace for art and antiques, home to the country’s oldest university and with over 40 museums and galleries this mid-size metropolis has built a reputation as a city of art and culture. Basel’s medieval old city center is the perfect backdrop for long walks, shopping and sightseeing. However, Basel is also a city of contrasts and has impressively managed to combine its historic building stock (medieval, Romanesque and renaissance) with very modern architecture that was designed by the most renowned architects of our time.


When you spend time in Basel, make sure to indulge in all that this multifaceted city has to offer. The Basel Art Museum hosts one of the oldest public art collections among which the world’s biggest Holbein collection is a true highlight. Further recommended museums are the Museum of Cultures and the Museum of the Reformation. Also a visit to Cathedral Hill and the Basler Pfalz (palace), from where you have a magnificent view over the Old Town and into the three-country-corner, will round off your stay. Your children will appreciate a visit to the biggest Zoo in Switzerland that is located in the heart of Basel. And if you like to get away from the city’s business and shopping and want to escape into nature, you may either explore Basel’s parks and botanical garden or take a cruise on the Rhine. An escape into the nearby countryside and a hike through a picturesque mountainous landscape will provide moments of tranquillity.


Since Basel is so close to Germany and France, surrounded by a beautiful landscape and full of cultural highlights and historic sights, this Swiss city makes a very attractive travel destination on your trip through Europe.

 

 

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