Switzerland’s third-largest city – Basel – is only about 30 km away from us. Basel is famous for its diversity – after all, it is a city of industry, tourism and culture.

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Nowhere else in the region will you find such an extensive cultural programme and comparable wealth of museums, exhibitions and events as in Basel. Experience the celebrated Basler Fasnacht, Switzerland’s biggest carnival; the Morgestraich, which begins at 4 am, is world-famous. “Art Basel” is one of the world’s most important art exhibitions, and 40 different museums attract lovers of art, culture, technology and science to the city. Music lovers are also catered for with a series of concerts and events, and Basle Zoo is Switzerland’s oldest and most beautiful zoo.


Although the Swiss franc is expensive, it’s worth visiting Basel to go shopping, whether for local chocolate specialities or to round off a museum or city visit.

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In Basel, you can choose between a classical shopping tour in the city centre or a visit to a huge mall designed along American lines. If you don’t want to travel by car, just catch a local train to take you right into the city centre.

Old town

Basel’s historical city centre is divided into Grossbasel (Greater Basel), the old town on the west bank of the Rhine, and the old town of Kleinbasel (Lesser Basel) on the east bank; these are connected by a ferry service and the Mittlere Brücke (Middle Bridge).

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Particularly in the warm summer months, it’s great fun to stroll along the Rhine and enjoy the beautiful weather. Basel’s old town is home to numerous shops and museums as well as a few beautiful churches. You can easily spend a day or two here to discover everything and get to know the city. We are happy to help you plan your trip with information about sights, shopping and how to get there; just ask our friendly staff at reception.