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Basel the Cultural Capital of Switzerland: Old Town, Rhine River, Jean Tinguely Museum


The north-western charming Basel City is on the tripoint of Switzerland, Germany, and France. The dream city is dating back to the Middle Ages, and situated along both sides of the Rhine River.

The fact of three-country-triangle allowed Basel to be a major transportation hub for Europe.

Nowadays, Basel favours economic privileges, cultural openness and diversity. It proudly holds the statue of “Cultural Capital of Switzerland”, for the reason of being the home to almost 40 museums and at least 65 libraries.

Within those museums, you can find everything displaying visual arts from antiquity up to these days, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Ancient Arts, the Foundation Beyeler, the Jean Tinguely Museum and many others which hold international fame and recognition of attracting people from all over the world.

Traveling to Basel is a great idea if you want to see and feel a city, which breathes and lives culture.

The beauty of Basel can be both seen and felt in the romantic alleys of the Old Town, which has been built on two hills right next to the Rhine River. Take off into the roads to spent hours wandering in the narrow streets with multi-coloured homes, many of which are very historic houses.

The Rhine River is the main part of the city, has a unique tradition called the "River Fairies”.

It represents fairies boat trip, during which they use the natural current of the Rhine River to move the boat back and forward.

When your visual senses already have their fill, then it comes the high time for listening, as Basel is home to symphony and chamber orchestra. Being one of the most important centers of classical music. However, those who are fond of lively jazz, rock or any other genre of music can still find many options suiting their taste.

This visitor-friendly Basel City offers an unforgettable stroll through the several botanical gardens, parks and of course the banks of the Rhine River. You can be a part of all-year-round events and fairs held in this wonderland.

As a part of arts and culture, Basel is also a business and trade center. It is the capital of Swiss international trade fairs, as well as a European Center of World Trade and Congress. Alongside all this fame, still, Basel has more to offer. The renowned “Basler Leckerli Biscuit” – the regional biscuit made of honey. It is known not only in Basel but all around the world.

All you need to enjoy the must-see places in Basel is to join one of our private trips starting from Zurich City to delve into Basel tours.

Switzerland Tour is here to lead you to the sightseeing points of this charming city:

  • Basel Town Hall “Representing chambers of the Parliament and the Government Council”
  • Basel Minster
  • St. Peter's Church
  • Historical Museum Basel
  • Augusta Raurica amphitheater
  • Zoological Park “Obtains a variety of domestic and weird animals”
  • Collection in Art Basel Museum
  • Rhine Harbor
  • Basel Paper Mill
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