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basel switzerlandBasel Switzerland is in the northwest of Switzerland, Europe and lies on the river Rhine. It lies where the Swiss, French and German borders meet which is called the Dreilandereck or three countries’ corner. As such, it is largely influenced by these three cultures and accessible to the Swiss Jura mountains (and cities of Zurich and Lucerne), the French region of Alsace and the German Black Forest. A great tourist destination for travelers. A cultural center, Basel boasts a large number of theaters and museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts (the world’s oldest art collection). It has over 20 museums and something for everyone. basel switzerlandOther visitor attractions in Basel include its zoo, the oldest and largest in Switzerland and the River Rhine, which is a 2 mile walk along the promenade and great for water sports or boat cruises. Visitors to Basel on the Monday following Ash Wednesday can enjoy a three day carnival called Basler Fasnacht. It showcases various entertainment forms and performing arts but is more serious than other cultural carnivals such as Rio. Those who enjoy sport and in particular football, will enjoy watching FC Basel play. Basel is a great shopping experience. There is a shopping mile located from Clarastrasse to Marktplatz and up to Heuwaage and Bankverein. This offers boutiques and speciality stores, especially jewellers and chocolatiers. The best shopping gems are found by those willing to explore the winding alleyways and independent shops. Basel has a thriving restaurant and café scene, with the Old Town filled with premises offering outdoor seating in the Summer time. The attraction of Basel is its mix of offerings, its numerous eateries and accommodation and its location to other worthwhile visitor destinations. basel switzerlandThe Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg is the only tri-national airport in the world. It is located on French soil but 4km from Basel. Once in Basel, it is easy to navigate by foot, bicycle or public transport. The Old Town is popular with tourists and some highlights or must-see places include:
  • Münster (cathedral) a mix of Romanesque and Gothic styles which is open to the public. Tourists enjoy the climb of St. Martin's tower at 62 meters and enjoy spectacular views over the Rhine and into the distance of France and Germany
  • Elisabethen, built between 1857 -1865, was the first new Protestant church building in Basel following the Reformation and is considered the most important neo-Gothic church in Switzerland
  • The Market square offers various stalls and fresh produce
  • The Rathaus (town hall) is a beautiful Renaissance palace, with a courtyard open to visitors

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