With elegant botanical gardens, Switzerland’s biggest theatre, and the highest concentration of museums anywhere in the country, Basel is easily Switzerland’s cultural capital, and a must-see destination for art lovers and cultural connoisseurs.
The cosmopolitan city shines brightly indoors and out, with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, creating the perfect setting for a vibrant lifestyle on the city streets and the banks of the Rhine. When temperatures rise, residents and visitors flock to outdoor cafés, street stalls, and barbecue spots. If your tastes run more gourmet, the city is home to over 20 restaurants that have won the coveted GaultMillau or Michelin awards.
Cross the river by ferry. Visit the city’s Kunstmuseum (Museum of Fine Arts). Swim in the Rhine. Hunt for treasure at one of the colourful flea markets. Enjoy a performance from one of two orchestras of international renown. Sample traditional Basel honey cake. And when you’re done, the borders of France and Germany are conveniently located just a ride on public transit away.
Aside from the famous eponymous modern art fair, Basel is also home to the famous Fasnacht festival, a 3-day extravaganza of delight when creative masks, colourful costumes, and exquisite lanterns line the streets. It’s widely recognized as one of the top festivals in Europe, and known in Basel as die drey scheenschte Dääg (“the three most beautiful days”).
Wherever your passions lie, Basel will ignite and inspire them. Enquire with your Lightfoot Travel Designer to learn more about expertly crafted holidays to this beautiful city.