Basel – the cultural capital of Switzer­­land

It’s not that easy to find one word to describe Basel. Attributes such as cultural mecca or university city can only be seen as an attempt to apply a standard label to the city, with its wealth of cultural, historical, recreational and pleasurable experiences. Be inspired by this multi-faceted city on the Rhine.

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In Basel you will find over 7,500 hotel beds in luxury hotels, city hotels, established hotel chains and guesthouses to suit all pockets. Every hotel guest in Basel receives this card when checking in. You can use it to travel free of charge on public transport, to access the free guest WiFi and to benefit from attractive cultural and leisure activities.

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Basel whets your appetite – in the most diverse and delicious way possible. Its unique location in the border triangle guarantees you a top-quality menu full of variety. Also enjoy Basel’s abundant nightlife. Cosy pubs, wild parties and endless clubbing promise you some nights to remember!

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All over the world, Basel is known as the place to be. The city on the Rhine attracts visitors all year round – whether with traditional occasions, sporting events or seasonal happenings. Find your choice of event here.

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Trade fairs & Congresses

In 1471, Emperor Frederick III granted Basel the privilege of holding trade fairs. Since then, the city has become Switzerland’s leading trade fair and congress centre. Its central location, excellent infrastructure and short distances within the city ensure that it will remain so.

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Location & Arrival

Basel is situated at the heart of Europe on both sides of the Rhine. The city forms the centre of the idyllic border triangle of France, Germany and Switzerland, nestling between the Swiss Jura mountains, the Black Forest of Baden, Germany, and the Vosges mountains of Alsace, France.

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There are countless attractions promising you an exciting visit, and the range of artistic and cultural activities is in a class of its own: around 40 museums, many internationally renowned, offer a wide variety of culture in a very small area. Don’t miss out on a stroll through the well-kept historic old town and a tour of the impressive modern buildings by internationally-renowned architects such as Mario Botta, Herzog & de Meuron and Renzo Piano.

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Visit Basel and take advantage of the attractive special offers from Basel Tourism. You can benefit from our impeccable organization and reasonable prices.

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Contact information for the media:
Basel Tourismus Marketing & Communications
Aeschenvorstadt 36
CH-4010 Basel
Tel. +41 (0)61 268 68 80