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Basel in Switzerland, with its picturesque Old Town, modern architecture and beautiful location on the Rhine, is a delight for holidaymakers. The concentration of museums (over 40 of them), with cultural attractions and heritage buildings such as the Basel Minster and Townhall make it popular with art aficionados, culture connoisseurs and history lovers. Six bridges over the Rhine join the two sides of the city and one of these is the iconic Middle Bridge. It is a historic stone bridge from where you can appreciate the scenic views of the city and the river. As far as hotels in Basel Switzerland or flights to Basel are concerned, there is no dearth of options. You can choose from boutique hotels, 5 Star ones, bed-and-breakfasts and everything in between. Renting a car in Basel for the trip is a good way to travel to the various points of interests in and around the city.

It's your choice: Where to go in Basel

Basel is a fascinating city with an interesting lineup of charming attractions for you to discover. The Basel Historical Museum is the apt place to learn more about the historical and cultural heritage of the city with exhibits related to archaeology, period furniture, cathedral treasures and paintings. Visiting the Basel Paper Mill, Fine Arts Museum and Natural History Museum of Basel also make for enrichening experiences.

Things to do in Basel

The medieval old town of Basel looks right out of a postcard and is home to many of the city’s main attractions. Walk to the Cathedral Square to see the impressive tiled roof and twin spires of the Basel Minster and appreciate its Romanesque-Gothic facade. Marketplatz in the vicinity is ideal for buying traditional pastries and bread. Spalentor, or The Gate of Spalen, are the remnants of the old town wall that dates back to the 14th century. With so many places to see, it is no wonder that some of the best Basel hotels are located in the old town. There are 13 ski resorts near Basel that can be reached by driving just one hour from the city. Renting a car in Basel to reach ski destinations is an easy process. In fact, you can pick up a car right from the Basel airport. The popular areas for skiing that can make for ideal day trips from Basel include Engelberg, Adelboden, Chateau d’Oex village, Andermatt and Grindelwald.

Important information about Basel

Basel and the banks of the Rhine have several parks and pretty spots where you can spend leisurely moments. Horticulture enthusiasts will love the Basel Botanical Gardens, with its themed areas, extensive plant collections and pretty flowers. Another park where you can enjoy the beauty of nature and make the best of Basel open spaces is Kannenfeldpark, a leafy green space. A seasonal splash pool with fountains and modern play area makes it a hit with families. The Merian Gardens is a gorgeous historic park and botanical garden on the outskirts of the city where visitors do not fail to enjoy a serene time amidst the flowers. The Basel Zoo is the oldest and largest of its kind in Switzerland. It is home to many species of indigenous and exotic animals.

Weather in Basel
Country Switzerland
Language German, French, Italian, Romansh
Currency Swiss franc
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +41

Good to know

Driving is a good option for exploring the various historic landmarks located in and around the city at your own convenience. Renting a car also makes it easier to reach the popular day excursions spots near Basel. Holidaymakers should remember that Switzerland follows the right-hand drive. The legal age for driving is 18 years. If you are travelling with children, do remember that kids aged 8-12 can sit in the front seat only with an appropriate child restraint. It is obligatory to use daytime running lights or headlights at all times. You cannot honk after dark. If you wear spectacles/contact lens then you must carry an extra pair in the car. In addition, do keep in mind that while driving in a village, town or city, the right way at an intersection is given to the car on your right. So, while driving on the main road, you have to give way to the car entering on the right. If you driving on a hill road then the vehicle going uphill will be given priority over the one travelling down.

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What to taste in Basel

There is no point in being thrifty or adhering to your usual strict and stringent diet while on a holiday, especially when you are in Basel. Basler Mehlsuppe is a popular delicacy, especially during the city’s annual carnival celebration of Fasnacht. It is a soup that comprises of toasting flour, butter and cheese as the base ingredients. Another tasty dish that is loved by everyone during the festivities is the Fastenwähe, a small yeasted bread that can be compared to a pretzel. The Schlumbergerli, also known as Semmeli elsewhere in Switzerland, is a little round bread roll that bakeries in the city have been offering dessert lovers since the 1950s. A delectable item you should try whilst in the region is the Basler Brot. it is a traditional dish that is made with only four ingredients, namely water, salt, yeast and half-white flour.

What to bring to your friends from Basel

When you are in a Swiss city, it makes perfect sense to take back Swiss chocolates as gifts for your near and dear ones. Villars is a good brand in addition to the more popular Lindt. If you are looking for a Basel-specific chocolate brand then buy Läckerli Huus swiss milk chocolates. Other items that make for good souvenirs and token gifts are Swiss watches, cowbells and swiss knives. You can also pick up knick-knacks like colourful carnival masks, wooden gargoyles, metal dragons, porcelain cows, photographs and paintings of the old town and even keychains with a Bishop’s crook, which is a symbol of Basel.