Basel, the city on the river Rhine, is situated in the heart of Western Europe, at the meeting point of Switzerland, Germany and France.
This city has something for everyone: exciting events such as Basel Carnival, a UNESCO listed intangible cultural heritage, and the Basel Tattoo in mid-July. You can find fascinating architecture and historical sites wherever you go.
Basel is often referred to as Switzerland's «cultural capital», it is the place to go for culture vultures! 40 museums are within easy reach and make it hard to choose. Art lovers are sure to find what they are looking for. Theater Basel, Switzerland's biggest theatre, is renowned for its outstanding productions and broad repertoire of drama, opera and dance performances.
Embark on a journey into the past! You won't find many other cityscapes where buildings dating back as far as the fifteenth century engage so harmoniously with contemporary works of internationally distinguished architects as Herzog & de Meuron, Botta, and many others.
The University of Basel, founded in 1460, is the oldest university in Switzerland. By showcasing the city's sense of innovation in education, science and technology, it attracts many young people to Basel who contributes to the vibrant diversity of the city.
Basel has a mild climate and as many as 300 days of sunshine a year. As soon as temperatures allow, the people of Basel take to the outdoors, and their «joie de vivre» is clear to see. In the summer months they love nothing more than swimming in the Rhine. Thanks to the «Wickelfisch», an airtight floating bag for clothes, the river becomes a stream of colour.
Every child in Basel knows the «Zolli». The oldest zoo in Switzerland is open every day throughout the year, providing an impressive encounter with the flora and fauna from around the globe.
More information about visiting Basel: www.basel.com