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.                                       

Accommodation in Basel

When a place is as popular as Basel, it's no surprise there is a massive range of accommodation options to select from. You'll find 68 Basel hotels on Expedia's global hotel booking pages.

The Krafft Basel, at Rheingasse 12, and the Courtyard by Marriott Basel, at Hardstrasse 55 are two of the higher-ranking hotels in Basel. Book a room at either and you'll be sure to have some of the nicest amenities in town. If those don't fit the bill, be sure to check out the Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel, at Steinentorstrasse 25, and the Swissotel Le Plaza Basel, at Messeplatz 25, two places where you'll be sure to find a bargain.

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