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Basel

The cultural city for connoisseurs has 40 museums, the highest density of museums in the country. In addition, Basel has a beautiful old town, modern architecture and the Rhine, which invites you to linger.

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Basel, the Swiss capital of culture

Basel is considered the cultural capital of Switzerland. With almost forty museums across the canton and a wide range of cultural activities, Basel is famous for its numerous world-class art and cultural institutions, making the city one of the largest cultural centers in Europe in relation to its size and population.

Basel is a world-leading center for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, a world-famous exhibition center and an important location as a banking center. The two pharmaceutical companies Novartis and Hoffmann-La Roche as well as the Bank for International Settlements have their global headquarters in Basel.

Sightseeing

Basel is the oldest university city in Switzerland. Historic landmarks of the city are the large market square with the richly decorated town hall made of red sandstone, as well as the late Romanesque-Gothic cathedral. During a stroll through the old town, past small boutiques, antique bookstores, but also shops by modern designers, it is worth taking a detour to the “Läckerli Huus” to try the traditional Basel honey cake. Basel is tradition-conscious and open-minded at the same time, this can be seen in the many modern buildings by renowned international architects such as Herzog & de Meuron, Mario Botta, Diener & Diener or Richard Meyer.

Basel is a green city. The botanical gardens, numerous parks and the banks of the Rhine invite you to linger. In the zoo, the Etosha House offers spectacular insights into the Namibian savannah.

Pure art and culture

Almost 40 museums give the city the highest density of museums in the country. Internationally known museums such as the Kunstmuseum Basel, the museum of the iron sculptor Jean Tinguely, the Fondation Beyeler and the Museum of Cultures attract visitors, as do numerous galleries and small theaters. The Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Basel Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Musical Theater with international productions, are located in Basel. A wide range of classical and contemporary performances can be found on the stages of the Basel Theater and the Schauspielhaus.

In the nearby Augusta Raurica near Augst, imposing ruins and numerous finds in the museum testify to the once lively life of the Romans in the region.

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Basel event hotspot

The most important folk festival for the people of Basel is the carnival. On the Monday after Ash Wednesday, the city wakes up with the “Morgenstraich”. At four o'clock in the morning all the lights of the city go out and a colorful and glowing procession through the streets begins.

Art Basel welcomes art lovers from all over the world every June. It is the most famous of all international art fairs. The New York Times qualifies it as the "Art Olympics", the Paris daily Le Monde as "The best in the world" and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung headlines "Art at its best", while Vogue calls it "The most beautiful temporary museum in the world" is called.

The market on Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz has long since become a fixed item on the Advent program for visitors from near and far. In addition, around a hundred large fir trees decorate the city center and ensure that the festive atmosphere can be felt everywhere. The traditional Christmas lights in Freie Strasse enchants anew every year.

Culinary in Basel

A mixture of Alsatian, Baden and Swiss culinary art: that is Basel cuisine. Flour soup - onions, red wine, Sbrinz and of course flour belong in this Basel dish. The brown-red soup has been eaten for the morning prank in Basel since the 19th century. The traditional dish is also very popular in the German cities bordering Basel and warms frozen bones, especially during Carnival.

Basler Leckerli - The honey gingerbread coated with sugar icing can be bought almost all over Switzerland. Thanks to Läckerli Huus. Chäsbängel is actually a fondue to go. A hole is drilled into a piece of bread like a hot dog bun, which is then filled with hot fondue. The “cheese bread” is particularly popular at the autumn fair, where very long queues often form in front of the Chäsbängel stand.

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