Basel is one of the important cities of Switzerland.
One of Switzerland’s underrated tourist destinations, Basel has a beautiful medieval old town centre, a vibrant Carnival, and several world class art museums built by architects like Renzo Piano, Mario Botta and Herzog & De Meuron. Basel is also rich in architecture old and new, with a Romanesque Münster (cathedral), a Renaissance Rathaus (town hall), and various examples of high quality contemporary architecture, including more buildings by Herzog & De Meuron, Richard Meier, Diener & Diener, and various others.
Mittlere Brücke [middle bridge] in Basel
Located in the Dreiländereck (three countries’ corner), Basel is a gateway to the Swiss Jura mountains and nearby cities of Zürich and Lucerne, as well as the neighbouring French region of Alsace and the German Black Forest. If interested in a trip to the country side visit Sissach a nice little town about 20 minutes from Basel. There are a number of things to see and do if you have a few days to spend.
Dreiländereck, borders of Switzerland, Germany, and France meeting at the Rhine harbour of Basel.The town of Basel lies in the north-western corner of Switzerland. The town shares borders with France and Germany and is the heart of this tri-national region – the Dreiländereck (three countries’ corner). Besides its own attractions it can serve as a good entry point to the Alsace, Black Forest regions or the canton of Basel-Land.
A Basilisk, the mythical dragon holding the coat of arms and protecting the city. The Rhine curves through the city and divides the town into two parts. Situated on the south and west bank is Grossbasel (Great Basel) with the medieval old town at its center. Kleinbasel (Little Basel), featuring much of the night-life, is on the north bank.Visiting Basel can be a holiday for your vocal cords if you plan to absorb the beautiful art in silence exhibited in the many first-rate museums. Once a year it also hosts Art Basel which is the world’s premier fair for modern classics and contemporary art.
Basel has one of the most amazing carnivals you’re likely to see, called Fasnacht. If you’re there during the “three loveliest days” of the year, prepare to be amazed, and don’t expect to be able to sleep.BaselTourismus , +41 61 268 68 68, the local tourist information service, has several offices, including at the main station, Bahnhof SBB, and in the city centre, in the Stadtcasino building at Barfüsserplatz, directly across the street from McDonald’s. To organize guided tours, you can also visit the office at Aeschenvorstadt 36, +41 61 268 68 32.Life in Basel, provides information for people who are thinking of moving to Basel. The site provides important information on day-to-day living in the city, where to go and how to integrate easily.