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Cycling in Switzerland

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Basel
ViaRhenana
ViaRhenana
Stage 10, Rheinfelden–Basel
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ViaJura
ViaJura
Stage 1, Basel–Aesch (BL)
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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 1, Basel–Liestal
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Dreiland-Wanderweg
Dreiland-Wanderweg
Stage 1, Basel, Schifflände–Riehen, Hörnli
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Dreiland-Wanderweg
Dreiland-Wanderweg
Stage 3, Haltingen (D)–Basel, Schifflände
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Wiesenweg
Wiesenweg
Route 482, Basel, Badischer Bahnhof–Riehen
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Cycling in

Basel
Basel–Franches-Montagnes
Basel–Franches-Montagnes
Stage 1, Basel–Delémont
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Jura Route
Jura Route
Stage 1, Basel–Courgenay (Courtemautruy)
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North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 1, Basel–Aarau
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Rhine Route
Rhine Route
Stage 10, Basel–Kleinhüningen (Grenze)–Rotterdam
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Dreiland-Radweg
Dreiland-Radweg
Stage 1, Liestal–Rodersdorf
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Rhine Route
Rhine Route
Stage 9, Rheinfelden–Basel
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Mountain biking in

Basel
Jura Bike

Skating in

Basel
Erlen Skate
Erlen Skate
Route 222, Basel (Bad. Bhf.)–Basel (Bad. Bhf.)
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Basel
Basel

Basel

Tradition-conscious, open-minded and full of contrasts, Basel is regarded as one of Switzerland's centres for art, music and architecture. Thanks to its central location at the 'three-countries-corner' where Switzerland, Germany and France meet, the city on the elbow of the Rhine is also an important centre of fairs and congresses. The large market square with its richly decorated red sandstone town hall and the late Romanesque-Gothic cathedral are the landmarks of the city.
Basel is Switzerland's oldest university city. Historic landmarks of the city include the large market square with its richly decorated red sandstone town hall and the late Romanesque-Gothic cathedral. During a walk through the old town, past small boutiques, antique book shops but also shops of modern designers, a visit to the "Läckerli Huus" to try the traditional Basel honey cake is well worth your while. Basel is tradition-conscious and open-minded at the same time, a fact born out by several modern buildings designed by renowned architects such as Herzog & de Meuron, Mario Botta, Diener & Diener and Richard Meyer.

Almost 40 museums make Basel the city with the highest density of museums in the country. Internationally known museums, such as the Basel Art Museum, the museum devoted to the iron sculptor Jean Tinguely, the Fondation Beyeler and the Museum of Cultures attract a great many visitors, as do several galleries and playhouses. Basel is among other things home to the symphony orchestra and the chamber orchestra as well as the musical theatre featuring international productions. And a wide range of classical and contemporary productions are shown on the stages of the Basel Theatre and the Playhouse.

Basel is a green city. The Botanical Gardens, several parks and the banks of the Rhine are perfect places to relax and linger for a while. And the Etoscha House at the biggest zoo in Switzerland offers spectacular insights into the Namibian Savannah.

The yearly Fasnacht (Carnival) is the most important celebration for the people of Basel. On the Monday following Ash Wednesday the city rises with the "Morgenstraich". At four in the morning on the dot all the lights in the city go out and a colourful and brilliant procession through the streets of the city begins.

Highlights

  • Basel Art Museum - one of the oldest public art collections and biggest Holbein collection in the world.
  • Jean Tinguely Museum - the glass hall was designed by the Ticino architect Mario Botta and houses the unique metal sculptures by Tinquely.
  • Fondation Beyeler – a variety of art collections and special exhibitions are displayed in the 127-metre-long modern building designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano.
  • Museum of Cultures - one of the biggest collections in Europe devoted to life in European and non-European cultures.
  • Zoological Gardens - about 600 animal species housed in eleven hectares of grounds featuring exotic flora right in the heart of the city.
  • Musical Theatre Basel - delights a wide audience with extravagant productions of international musicals.
  • Rhine Cruises - excursion boats provide opportunities for views of the city from the Rhine and operate all the way to the big freight ports of Basel and Rheinfelden.
Tradition-conscious, open-minded and full of contrasts, Basel is regarded as one of Switzerland's centres for art, music and architecture. Thanks to its central location at the 'three-countries-corner' where Switzerland, Germany and France meet, the city on the elbow of the Rhine is also an important centre of fairs and congresses. The large market square with its richly decorated red sandstone town hall and the late Romanesque-Gothic cathedral are the landmarks of the city.
Basel is Switzerland's oldest university city. Historic landmarks of the city include the large market square with its richly decorated red sandstone town hall and the late Romanesque-Gothic cathedral. During a walk through the old town, past small boutiques, antique book shops but also shops of modern designers, a visit to the "Läckerli Huus" to try the traditional Basel honey cake is well worth your while. Basel is tradition-conscious and open-minded at the same time, a fact born out by several modern buildings designed by renowned architects such as Herzog & de Meuron, Mario Botta, Diener & Diener and Richard Meyer.

Almost 40 museums make Basel the city with the highest density of museums in the country. Internationally known museums, such as the Basel Art Museum, the museum devoted to the iron sculptor Jean Tinguely, the Fondation Beyeler and the Museum of Cultures attract a great many visitors, as do several galleries and playhouses. Basel is among other things home to the symphony orchestra and the chamber orchestra as well as the musical theatre featuring international productions. And a wide range of classical and contemporary productions are shown on the stages of the Basel Theatre and the Playhouse.

Basel is a green city. The Botanical Gardens, several parks and the banks of the Rhine are perfect places to relax and linger for a while. And the Etoscha House at the biggest zoo in Switzerland offers spectacular insights into the Namibian Savannah.

The yearly Fasnacht (Carnival) is the most important celebration for the people of Basel. On the Monday following Ash Wednesday the city rises with the "Morgenstraich". At four in the morning on the dot all the lights in the city go out and a colourful and brilliant procession through the streets of the city begins.

Highlights

  • Basel Art Museum - one of the oldest public art collections and biggest Holbein collection in the world.
  • Jean Tinguely Museum - the glass hall was designed by the Ticino architect Mario Botta and houses the unique metal sculptures by Tinquely.
  • Fondation Beyeler – a variety of art collections and special exhibitions are displayed in the 127-metre-long modern building designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano.
  • Museum of Cultures - one of the biggest collections in Europe devoted to life in European and non-European cultures.
  • Zoological Gardens - about 600 animal species housed in eleven hectares of grounds featuring exotic flora right in the heart of the city.
  • Musical Theatre Basel - delights a wide audience with extravagant productions of international musicals.
  • Rhine Cruises - excursion boats provide opportunities for views of the city from the Rhine and operate all the way to the big freight ports of Basel and Rheinfelden.

Arrival and return Basel

Adresse

Basel Tourismus
Aeschenvorstadt 36
4010 Basel
Tel. +41 (0) 61 268 68 68
info@basel.com
www.basel.com

Services

Accommodation

Cydonia Bett & Brot
Cydonia Bett & Brot
Basel
DASBREITEHOTEL
DASBREITEHOTEL
Basel
Hotel Balade Basel
Hotel Balade Basel
Basel
Hotel Bildungszentrum 21 AG
Hotel Bildungszentrum 21 AG
Basel
Hotel Stücki
Hotel Stücki
Basel
Jugendherberge Basel
Jugendherberge Basel
Basel
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Places of interest

Basel Zoo
Basel Zoo
Basel's Old Town
Basel's Old Town
Basel's pump track
Basel's pump track
Basler Cathedral
Basler Cathedral
City Hall and Marktplatz
City Hall and Marktplatz
Exhibition Tower
Exhibition Tower
Kunstmuseum Basel
Kunstmuseum Basel
Mittlere Brücke and Schifflände
Mittlere Brücke and Schifflände
Pfalz
Pfalz
Rhine Port / Three Countries' Corner
Rhine Port / Three Countries' Corner
Spalentor
Spalentor
Tinguely Fountain
Tinguely Fountain
Tinguely Museum
Tinguely Museum
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Hiking in

Basel
ViaRhenana
ViaRhenana
Stage 10, Rheinfelden–Basel
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ViaJura
ViaJura
Stage 1, Basel–Aesch (BL)
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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 1, Basel–Liestal
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Dreiland-Wanderweg
Dreiland-Wanderweg
Stage 1, Basel, Schifflände–Riehen, Hörnli
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Dreiland-Wanderweg
Dreiland-Wanderweg
Stage 3, Haltingen (D)–Basel, Schifflände
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Wiesenweg
Wiesenweg
Route 482, Basel, Badischer Bahnhof–Riehen
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Cycling in

Basel
Basel–Franches-Montagnes
Basel–Franches-Montagnes
Stage 1, Basel–Delémont
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Jura Route
Jura Route
Stage 1, Basel–Courgenay (Courtemautruy)
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North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 1, Basel–Aarau
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Rhine Route
Rhine Route
Stage 10, Basel–Kleinhüningen (Grenze)–Rotterdam
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Dreiland-Radweg
Dreiland-Radweg
Stage 1, Liestal–Rodersdorf
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Rhine Route
Rhine Route
Stage 9, Rheinfelden–Basel
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Mountain biking in

Basel
Jura Bike

Skating in

Basel
Erlen Skate
Erlen Skate
Route 222, Basel (Bad. Bhf.)–Basel (Bad. Bhf.)
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