Basel: a small gem on the banks of the Rhine.
Nestled between Switzerland, France and Germany, Basel is a lively, youthful city, despite its 2,000 years of history. Walking around the old town, you’ll soon discover the fascinating contrast between fifteenth-century buildings and those of the world’s greatest contemporary architects, savour regional specialties from traditional shops or give yourself the gift a special meal in one of the city’s many Michelin-starred restaurants.
With a mild climate most of the year, visitors to this beautiful city can enjoy the many outdoors activities it offers. In summer, the shores of the Rhine fill with locals relaxing by the water, or enjoying an aperitif and listening to great music at the countless bars and pubs along its banks. We even recommend a trip on the characteristic ferries that connect Great Basel and Little Basel daily, taking advantage of the river’s currents.
Basel truly has something for everyone. Shopaholics mustn’t miss a stroll down Freie Strasse, which heads straight to the Marktplatz, the heart of the city, dominated by the imposing Town Hall. Those looking to take in a bit of culture, on the other hand, will be spoilt for choice, with 40 museums spread around the city.