With over 2000 years of history, Basel is a mix of traditional and cosmopolitan, and being situated at the Swiss-German-French tripoint has made for a very interesting and culture filled city. With its many hidden squares, almost 200 fountains and a huge art offering, Basel is a great city to explore.
Explore the pretty cobbled streets of Basel’s Old Town; browse its small boutiques and eat in its impressive collection of restaurants before spending time in the main square, the Marketplatz. Here you will be drawn to the richly decorated sandstone Town Hall and visitors enjoy strolling around the daily market checking out the delicious local produce. Just south west from here, climb the Basel Munster the 13th century cathedral for fantastic views over the city.
The city is a must visit for art lovers with the Kunstmuseum boasting amazing sculptures, paintings and installations from the last seven centuries. The city also offers the Jean Tinguely Museum where you can see his unique, slightly wacky kinetic sculptures in addition to drawings and documents which give insight into the Swiss painter and sculptor. Each June, Basel hosts its prestigious international art fair, nicknamed the Olympics of the Art World which showcases work from over 280 of world’s leading galleries in a 3 day event.
Art Basel is not the only world class event that this city has, in fact the city has a collection of fantastic festivals filling its calendar. One of its biggest and the local’s favourite is the 3 day long Fasnacht, or Basel Carnival which is steeped in local tradition and visitors can enjoy the colourful costumes and music on display. A highlight is the Morgenstiche where at 4am on the Monday morning all the lights in the city centre are switched off and over 200 decorated lanterns parade the street in an eerie but beautiful display.