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BaselSwitzerland

Explore the historic center and museums of this quaint Swiss town. It borders France and Germany and fuses all three cultures.

Basel is a historic Swiss city that lies on the country’s borders with France and Germany. It is home to many museums, galleries and a charming center filled with antique structures. The River Rhine divides the city into two parts. Grossbasel, which contains the historic center, is southwest. Kleinbasel has an active nightlife.

Visit the Basel Art Museum (Kunstmuseum Basel) which contains the largest assortment of artwork by the Holbein family, the German gothic and renaissance artists from the 15th and 16th centuries. International works date back many centuries. See paintings by Van Gogh and Cézanne in the 19th-century exhibits. Browse works by cubist and impressionist artists, such as Picasso and Braque.

Learn about five centuries of the history of melody and composition at the Music Museum, where you’ll find more than 650 musical instruments from the last 500 years. Find out about antique parades, dances and festivals and hear the intriguing sounds of Old World music. The remarkable museum is located in the cells of a former prison. See an old cell that has been left as it was when the prison was active.

Attend one of Switzerland’s biggest carnivals, Basler Fasnacht, which takes place on the Monday after Ash Wednesday and lasts for three days every year. Watch parades, singers and many acts and events.

The city is in the center of the Dreiländereck (Three Countries’ Corner) region in northwest Switzerland. Although the official language is German, many locals speak a dialect called Baseldytsch. You will find a lot of people who speak English and French as well.

Basel has warm summers and cold winters with a postcard-pretty skyline when its quaint landmarks are covered in snow. Basel is around 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) west of Zurich, Switzerlands largest city, and about a 60 miles drive to the north of Berne.

Top Hotels in Basel

Hyperion Hotel Basel
Hyperion Hotel Basel
4 out of 5
Messeplatz 12, Basel, BS
The price is CA $146 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Basel City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Messeturm Basel and Congress Center Basel. Basel Zoo and St. Jakobshalle are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (899 reviews)

"We had a 1-night stay and overall happy with our stay. Check-in process was a bit long (our reservation got mixed with some other guest’s, we entered a room that was occupied !!) Receptionist was trying her best and she finally upgraded us in a nice Junior Suite which we really enjoyed. Thank ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 21, 2020

Hyperion Hotel Basel
Dorint An der Messe Basel
Dorint An der Messe Basel
4 out of 5
Schoenaustrasse 10, Basel, BS
The price is CA $181 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Located in Basel City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Musical Theater Basel and Congress Center Basel. Basel Zoo and St. Jakobshalle are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (986 reviews)
Would use again next time in Basel

"Just a 10 minute walk to the Rhine with the city centre on the other side of the river, bus & tram stops just outside the hotel & easy free access from the airport with the hotel reservation and they provide a Basel card on check in, some small bars and food outlets nearby but the main activity is ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 10, 2020

Dorint An der Messe Basel
Courtyard by Marriott Basel
Courtyard by Marriott Basel
4 out of 5
Hardstrasse 55, Pratteln, BL
The price is CA $172 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23

Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Aquabasilea and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Augusta Raurica. St. Jakob-Park and Basel Zoo ...

4.1/5Very Good! (252 reviews)

"Excellent staff, really friendly."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 7, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Basel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Basel

Aparthotel Adagio access Saint Louis Bâle
Aparthotel Adagio access Saint Louis Bâle
3 out of 5
The price is CA $87 per night from Nov 20 to Nov 21

Situated near the airport, this residence is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Novartis Headquarters and within 3 miles (5 km) of Congress Center Basel and Basel Zoo. Sankt ...

3.8/5Good! (522 reviews)

"Great place to stay at low prices. Very friendly people."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio access Saint Louis Bâle
Aparthotel Adagio Basel City
Aparthotel Adagio Basel City
3 out of 5
Hammerstrasse 46, Basel, BS
The price is CA $124 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

This family-friendly Basel aparthotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Messeturm Basel, Marktplatz and Basel Natural History Museum. Basler ...

4.3/5Excellent! (495 reviews)

"It was useful to have a kitchenette in the room, and there was a supermarket and plenty of restaurants near by."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 14, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Basel City
SKYLINE
SKYLINE
190 Klybeckstrasse, Basel, BS
The price is CA $167 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in Basel, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Matthew Parish and Congress Center Basel. Basel Zoo and St. Jakobshalle are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (8 reviews)

"J'ai aimé la localisation. Le rapport qualité-prix est excellent. Quelques petits aménagements à parfaire, tel la TV est fastidieuse a utiliser et pas d'éponge à vaisselle. Au niveau de la propreté, j'ai trouvé un très long cheveux bouclé noir dans mon linge de bain (je suis grise au cheveux court) ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 4, 2020

SKYLINE
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Basel

Basel Zoo
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Basel Zoo

4/5(2 reviews)

Spend hours walking around one of the country’s most impressive zoos .Marvel at the thousands of animals roaming around their large enclosures.

Beyeler Foundation
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Beyeler Foundation

4/5(2 reviews)

Art enthusiasts set up a foundation to collect modernist pieces in the 1980s. Now, a large complex with a scenic garden hosts the inspiring collection.

Basler Muenster
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Basler Muenster

5/5(4 reviews)

Admire its exquisite architecture, peer from the towers over the city or just soak up the atmosphere of Basel’s most important house of worship.

Top things to do in Basel

Schilthorn - 007-James Bond world - from Basel
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Schilthorn - 007-James Bond world - from Basel

CA $665
Per adult
Mount Rigi round tour & lake boat cruise from Basel
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Mount Rigi round tour & lake boat cruise from Basel

CA $511
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Zermatt & Gornergrat (Matterhorn area) from Basel
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Zermatt & Gornergrat (Matterhorn area) from Basel

CA $635
Per adult
Basel city tour - 4 hours - with private tour guide
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Basel city tour - 4 hours - with private tour guide

CA $255
Per adult
The Photogenic Side of Basel with a Local
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The Photogenic Side of Basel with a Local

CA $98
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Basel City Sightseeing Bus Tour
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Basel City Sightseeing Bus Tour

CA $36
Per adult

Reviews of Basel

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

DM

Nov 9, 2019

Very expensive (shops and restaurants)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 4, 2019

We loved Basel with its many museums and sightseeing activities. There was lots to do, especially if you enjoy arts. The Beyeler Foundation is well worth the visit. The local transit system was easy to use and allowed access to every part of the city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jul 13, 2019

Very easy to get around. Transit options were excellent. The people were very friendly.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 26, 2019

Outstanding public transportation.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 11, 2019

Fondation Beyeler was fantastic

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 5, 2019

Basel is a very nice city.

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