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Basel

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Basel featuring a river or creek and a city

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.

Where to stay in Basel

Hyperion Hotel Basel
Hyperion Hotel Basel
4 out of 5
Messeplatz 12, Basel, BS
The price is NT$3,425 per night from Sep 3 to Sep 3
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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (939 reviews)
"The location and easy access to public transport"

Reviewed on 2021/7/30

Hyperion Hotel Basel
Der Teufelhof Basel
Der Teufelhof Basel
3 out of 5
Leonhardsgraben 47-49, Basel, BS
The price is NT$4,501 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in Basel City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Music Museum, Basel Zoo, and Congress Center Basel. St. Jakobshalle is 2 mi (3.2 km) away. ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (598 reviews)
"The descriptions of the rooms were oversold compared to what we experienced. The staff was kind and helpful with the little interaction we did have."

Reviewed on 2020/9/14

Der Teufelhof Basel
Courtyard by Marriott Basel
Courtyard by Marriott Basel
4 out of 5
Hardstrasse 55, Pratteln, BL
The price is NT$5,025 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 20
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! (297 reviews)
Great hotel
"Very convenient hotel for a stopover halfway between Umbria and the UK. Two minutes off the motorway (2). Spacious, comfortable, good service, great spaghetti!"

Reviewed on 2020/11/8

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.
Aparthotel Adagio access Saint Louis Bâle
Aparthotel Adagio access Saint Louis Bâle
3 out of 5
92 Avenue de Bale, Saint-Louis, Haut-Rhin
The price is NT$1,740 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 21
Situated near the airport, this residence is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Novartis Headquarters and within 3 mi (5 km) of Congress Center Basel and Basel Zoo. Sankt ...
3.8/5Good! (528 reviews)
"Great place to stay at low prices. Very friendly people."

Reviewed on 2020/2/25

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 NT$3,423 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
This family-friendly Basel aparthotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Messeturm Basel, Marktplatz, and Basel Natural History Museum. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (507 reviews)
"Nice location walking distance from the river front"

Reviewed on 2021/4/22

Aparthotel Adagio Basel City
BS Hodler I - Marktplatz Hitrental Apartment
BS Hodler I - Marktplatz Hitrental Apartment
3.5 out of 5
Rümelinsplatz 1, Basel, Basel-Stadt
Located in Basel City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Swiss Architecture Museum, Congress Center Basel, and Basel Zoo. St. Jakobshalle ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Top Preis - Leistung Verhältniss. Einwandfreies Check -in & out. Empfehlenswert!"

Reviewed on 2020/8/21

BS Hodler I - Marktplatz Hitrental Apartment
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.

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