River port, university town, green city that sees the Eurovélo pass through, city of art and culture, festive and gastronomic, Basel, north of the Swiss Confederation has everything right! It is a very lively, magnificent, multiple and exciting city. From the historic old town to futuristic architectural buildings, with works of art on every street corner, cultural or sporting events all year round, and the presence of the Rhine, Basel is an enchanting and extended stay that is perfect for enjoying this incredibly rich destination. To discover on foot, by tramway, by bike. You will not want to miss Basel Cathedral, the town hall with its beautiful frescoes, the Tinguely fountain, the magnificent market square, the Dreiländereck, on the banks of the Rhine, where Germany, France and Switzerland meet, the starting point for boats heading for the North Sea, or the Roman site of Augusta Raurica with its theatre, the major archaeological site in Switzerland. From this destination, do not miss the remarkable Basel Zoo and the Beyeler Foundation, the most visited museum in Switzerland, with a rich collection of modern art and three to four major exhibitions per year. But if it is now a must in this city, it is the new Basel Lounge, the City Lounge, a sumptuous construction all in roundness and elegance with its immense window overlooking the sky. Your favourite tourist guide will be very useful to help you find your way around and choose the best in the city, and the free Basecard and its many advantages will make your life easier.

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When to go to Basel?

When to go to Basel? Basel has two peak tourist seasons: in July and August, and from December to March for winter sports. Basel is a pleasant place to stay all year round. In spring or autumn, you will of course avoid crowds of tourists and will be able to benefit from more advantageous rates in hotels. On the other hand, think about taking an umbrella! You have big events all year round in Basel: a show jumping equestrian competition (Longines CSI), in January, the biggest carnival in Switzerland, at the beginning of March, the biggest art fair in the world (Basel/Art Basel Fair), in June, a famous tennis tournament (Swiss Indoors Basel), in October, the huge autumn fair (fairground) which has been held for more than 5 centuries in late October and early November, not to mention the market and Christmas lights. The best season to go to Basel is the one you choose according to your interests!

How to go to Basel? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

There is a wide variety of tour packages available in Switzerland. Some agencies will offer you winter sports holidays (accommodation, travel, ski passes...). Others will specialize in city breaks (three days in Bern, Geneva, Basel or Lausanne for example). Other possibility, thematic stays: cruise, ecotourism stay, thermal cure....

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Switzerland is a country where you can go alone without any problems. It is a very safe destination. On site, the organization is perfect. The tourist offices provide you with information and assistance. Internet bookings for accommodation are a well established practice. And they speak French, German and/or Italian depending on the canton. In addition, English is understood by almost all Swiss people. It's up to you to juggle to organize your stay without ruining yourself...

Switzerland has a very dense public transport network: plane, train or coach. All lakes in Switzerland are navigable and can be visited by single trip or excursions. Very pleasant to discover the country. If you plan to combine train, boat and bus transport, opt for the Swiss Travel Pass. Finally, it may be more advantageous to travel by car (yours or rental). Provided that it is well equipped for mountains and snow.... If you use a motorway, you must have paid for the annual vignette.

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When to travel?

When to go to Basel? Basel has two peak tourist seasons: in July and August, and from December to March for winter sp...
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Weather forecast

Basel's climate is semi-continental with very contrasting seasons. Winters are generally cold and harsh, summers hot...
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Budget

The Swiss currency in force in Basel and in the rest of the Confederation is the Swiss franc. While it is possible to...
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Formalities

Although it is at the crossroads of Europe, Switzerland is not part of the European Union. However, no special formal...
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Health

You are not at risk when you go to Basel. Just make sure your vaccinations are up to date (DT Polio, etc.). In case o...
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How to travel by yourself?

Switzerland is a country where you can go alone without any problems. It is a very safe destination. On site, the org...
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How to get organized?

There is a wide variety of tour packages available in Switzerland. Some agencies will offer you winter sports holiday...
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Getting around

Switzerland has a very dense public transport network: plane, train or coach. All lakes in Switzerland are navigable...
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