Is Basel Switzerland Worth Visiting? 12 Reasons To Visit Basel Switzerland
Basel, the third-largest city in Switzerland and the Rhine’s mouth, has a strong sense of its own identity, in part due to its proximity to France and Germany. This is evident in the city’s love of all things artistic and in its exuberant, colorful Fasnacht festival, which is held every year and is a must-attend. Here are a few explanations for why everyone should make at least one trip to the city.
Basel Switzerland #1 There is fantastic art here.
The people of Basel adore art. When Picasso learned that they had decided to purchase some of his paintings in 1967, he was so moved that he gave the city three of his pieces for free. You can learn everything you need to know about the Baslers and their devotion to culture by visiting one of the many art museums in the city. The world’s foremost art exhibition, Art Basel, is also held in the city.
Basel Switzerland #2 There are some amazing food markets there.
Great markets can be found all over Basel, but Marktplatz in the city’s old town is one of the best. Here, you can buy all the fresh foods you want or sample some regional specialties. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, Basel’s Indoor Market’s delightful aromas might; specialties from all over the world are gathered under one, enormous domed roof.
Basel Switzerland #3 The largest festival in Switzerland is Basler Fascnacht.
Some people contend that this wild, three-day event is the only reason to go to Basel. At 4 a.m., masked musicians parade through the streets of Basel’s old town to kick off the carnival, which continues with parades, satirical poets, and plenty of beer and food. Every year, it occurs on the first Monday following Ash Wednesday.
Basel Switzerland #4 It’s fascinating linguistically.
Given its proximity to both France and Germany, Basel is a bilingual city. Although there isn’t a clear distinction between Swiss German (which is spoken by the majority of people in the city) and French, there is still an interesting mixture that will make it difficult for you to understand. Basel is the ideal location if you want to brush up on either language, or both.
Basel Switzerland #5 There, Roger Federer was born.
Roger Federer, the tennis star’s golden child, was born at Basel’s cantonal hospital. Since he recently agreed to play at the Basel Indoor tournament for the following three events until 2019, you might get to see the legend in action if you visit Basel during the tennis season over the next two years. One of the highlights of the year is always playing in Basel, he said.
Basel Switzerland #6 There are roughly 300 days of sunshine there each year.
Basel has a pleasant climate and is a wonderful location in the summer. People flock to the Rhine’s banks to cool off in the summer, and you can often find them swimming in the river’s waters. Because the city enjoys about 300 days of sunshine annually, even in the winter you might get a little sun.
Basel Switzerland #7 The Basel Zoo is among the best.
The oldest and one of the biggest zoos in Switzerland, the Basel Zoo was founded in 1874. There are animals from all over the world, many of which are endangered. The zoo is nonprofit, and money raised there supports international breeding and conservation initiatives. The “Ozeanium,” a sizable aquarium intended to showcase the oceans of the world and encourage people to learn about their crucial contribution to the health of our planet, is slated to open at the zoo in 2024.
Basel Switzerland #8 It has fantastic and unique museums.
In Basel, you won’t just find art museums. There are more than 40 museums spread out throughout the city, including the largest collection of stuffed bears in the world, a truly unique tour through the history of pharmacies, and a world-class natural history museum, just in case you didn’t get your fill at the zoo.
Basel Switzerland #9 Its historical construction
The streets of Basel’s old town bear witness to its history. You will be perplexed by the oddly red Rathaus (town hall) and its ornately decorated inner courtyard, but you will be in awe of the Basel Cathedral, especially when you look out over the city from the Pfalz, a terrace overlooking the Rhine river.
Basel Switzerland #10 Some of the best theaters in the nation are located there.
Some of Switzerland’s largest and most diverse theaters can be found in Basel. Together, The Musical Theatre Basel and The Theatre Basel cover all the bases, dazzling audiences with drama, opera, ballet, vibrant stage productions, and new takes on classic shows.
Basel Switzerland #11 Basel is adept at celebrating Christmas.
Basel doesn’t skimp during the holiday season as the city is decorated with over 100 Christmas trees and illuminated by fairy lights. A truly magical shopping experience is created when Europe’s famous Freie Straße transforms into one of the longest displays of decorations. One of the biggest and best markets in Switzerland is found in Basel, spread across two squares in the old town. It’s important to experience Christmas in Basel.
Basel Switzerland #12 It’s the ideal location to wrap up your Swiss vacation.
Basel is located exactly where Switzerland, France, and Germany converge (Basel airport is actually in France). After exploring the city, you can easily travel by train, plane, or other means of transportation to the rest of central Europe. With a high-speed train, it takes only about four hours to get to Frankfurt, Paris, or Milan.
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