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Flights to Basel

Discover Basel: the vibrant city of culture

Cuisine, Culture, Nature

Basel, has its own identity thanks to its location next to France and Germany: famous for being the cultural capital of the country, nestled next to the River Rhine and the 3rd largest city in Switzerland.

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Cultural capital of Switzerland / In northwestern Switzerland on the River Rhine


Swiss Francs


Summers are warm; winters are very cold partly cloudy

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GMT +1


EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg


Take a walking tour of Basel’s old town; cross the Rhine with a boat; visit the museums and galleries

Basel is a beautiful city well known for its vibrant art scene, museums, galleries and theatres. You can visit museums, explore new art works and enjoy the cultural climate of the city.

What Is Basel Best Known For?

Basel is best known for the chemical and pharmaceutical companies, its arts and culture scene with art galleries, museums, opera houses and theatres.

  • Cuisine
  • Culture
  • Nature


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Basel Leckerli

A small hard gingerbread style biscuit is well known in Basel for its incredible flavor, seasoned with spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg and with delicious flavors such as honey, candied citrus, almonds or hazelnuts and a cherry liqueur. These biscuits are year-round but, especially popular during Christmas.

Basler Mehlsuppe

Traditionally served during the Carnival Fasnacht which starts on the Monday after Ash Wednesday and lasts three days and essentially shuts down the city except for anything food and beverage! Basler Mehlsuppem translated to flour soup is a simple hearty broth topped with grated cheese. Its colour comes from toasting flour with butter. During the three-day festival both locals and visitors alike consume the soup by the gallons.


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Basel Munster

The main landmark of the city built on a hill overlooking the Rhine River. Red sandstone walls and colourful roof tiles make for an impressive sight. Once a Catholic cathedral it's now a reformed Protestant church. The original cathedral was destroyed by an earthquake in 1356 and rebuilt in 1363 styled on the original design but adding gothic features. No visit to Basel is complete without seeing the Basel Munster.

Basel Paper Mill Museum

A fascinating museum and workshop of paper and books. The museum boasts the fact it's one of the few in Europe that preserves the historic techniques in a traditional museum. It is set over 4 floors in a medieval design with a mixture of exhibitions and interactive workshops. Craft your own paper, write using a traditional quill or create your own marble paper. Such an interesting afternoon out one not to be missed.

Kunstmuseum Basel

The most well known and loved museum in the city. Kunstmuseum is housing the biggest collection of public art in Switzerland. The art on display dates back to the 15th century to the present day. Home to many famous artists throughout history including Picasso is the museum well known internationally. 


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Basel Zoo

Locally known as Zolli, Basel Zoo is the largest and oldest zoo and most popular attraction in Switzerland with over 1.8 million visitors a year. Home to 6,894 animals from all over the world, 5000 of them in the aquarium with 645 species. The Zoo is the heart of the city where both local and foreign visitors spend time all throughout the year.

Canton of Jura

A short 1-hour train journey from Basel is a must for those who love to hike. The area is full of forests, barren rock faces, serene lakes, and much more. There are many trails and routes to follow. . The area offers nature lovers some incredible views and a breath of fresh air!

Weather in Basel

In Basel, the summers are warm while the winters are very cloud and partly cloudy all year round. Through the year, the temperature varies from -1 Celsius degree to 26 Celsius degree. The hottest month of the year in Basel is July and the coldest month of the year is January.

9 C Light Rain
TODAY Mar 26, Sun
  • Mar 25, Sat 10 Light Rain
  • Mar 27, Mon 7 Light Rain
  • Mar 28, Tue 10 Scattered Clouds
  • Mar 29, Wed 15 Overcast Clouds
  • Mar 30, Thu 12 Light Rain


Destination Airport: EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (BSL, EAP, MLH)  
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Transportation in Basel

Basel and the surrounding area has a very good public transportations system. It has modern vehicles, it is reliable and punctual. Trams and buses are the two main vehicles of public transportation. You can move comfortably around the city and across the border into the neighbouring countries of France and Germany. You can use BaselCard, which allows you to use the public transport network for the entire duration of your stay. You can also enjoy cycling, taxi and carsharing options.

Accommodation in Basel

The location of your stay is as important as the price that you pay. Cheap hotels in Basel can be found by booking your accommodation in advance. If you are looking for a budget friendly holiday location, not far away from the centre, then we would recommend you stay in Altstadt, the old part of Basel. An accommodation option close to popular attractions, makes a more pleasurable and convenient stay. Accommodation in Basel offers many options such as a selection of luxury, historic hotels to hostels for backpackers and students. Whatever your budget you will find something that suits your needs.


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Frequently Asked Questions About Basel

Can I visit Zurich from Basel?

Yes, you can travel by train taking approximately 1 hour.

If I travel to Basel Airport can I get to France?

Yes, there is a bus line from Basel airport that can take you to Saint Louis train station.

How many days do you need in Basel?

There are lots of things to do in Basel, so it requires at least 3 days to explore.

What’s Basel famous for most?

Basel is famous for its cultural scene, museums and art galleries.

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