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Basel
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Basel

Courtyard by Marriott Basel
Courtyard by Marriott Basel
4 out of 5
Hardstrasse 55, Pratteln, BL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $124 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

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! (282 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 Nov 8, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Basel
Hyperion Hotel Basel
Hyperion Hotel Basel
4 out of 5
Messeplatz 12, Basel, BS
The price is $138 per night from Apr 2 to Apr 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! (934 reviews)
Great stay

"It was lovely stayed. They did a romantic decoration for us for our wedding anniversary. The breakfast was so good. It was our third time staying there."…"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020

Hyperion Hotel Basel
Hotel Victoria
Hotel Victoria
4 out of 5
Centralbahnplatz 3-4, Basel, BS
The price is $137 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in the heart of Basel, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of BIS Tower and Basel Zoo. Congress Center Basel and St. Jakobshalle are also within 2 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (39 reviews)

"Nice stay in a very nice hotel. Very helpful staff. Very accommodating. Excellent service."…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2020

Hotel Victoria
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.

Vacation Rentals in Basel

SKYLINE
SKYLINE
4 out of 5
190 Klybeckstrasse, Basel, BS
The price is $126 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Situated in Basel, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Matthew Parish and Congress Center Basel. Basel Zoo and St. Jakobshalle are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (9 reviews)

"J'ai aimé la localisation. Le rapport qualité-prix est excellent. Quelques petits aménagements à parfaire, tel la TV est fastidieuse a utiliser et pas d'éponge à vaisselle. Au niveau de la propreté, j'ai trouvé un très long cheveux bouclé noir dans mon linge de bain (je suis grise au cheveux court) ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

SKYLINE
Aparthotel Adagio Basel City
Aparthotel Adagio Basel City
3 out of 5
Hammerstrasse 46, Basel, BS
The price is $84 per night from Mar 20 to Mar 21

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! (504 reviews)
Adequate Aparthotel

"Nice place to stay. I found my bed really uncomfortable. My colleague had the same issue with his bed. I rotated mine 180° to get a better nights sleep the second night. The bonus with this place is the parking. Sometimes really difficult to get in Basel. The staff were good. The breakfast was ok. ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Basel City
rent-a-home Delsbergerallee
rent-a-home Delsbergerallee
3 out of 5
Delsbergerallee 92, Basel, BS
The price is $85 per night from Mar 18 to Mar 19

Situated in Basel, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Merian Park and St. Jakobshalle. Basel Zoo and Congress Center Basel are also within 3 mi ...

3.5/5Good! (66 reviews)
good place to stay

"Very nice apartment"…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

rent-a-home Delsbergerallee
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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