Located in Switzerland, Basel is a fantastic city constructed and rebuilt throughout many of the most influential periods in history. As a result, Basel is a unique town with plenty to offer history buffs, culture vultures and architecture lovers alike. Known as the Dreiländereck, the city leads to the Swiss Jura Mountains which are fantastic for sports and nature lovers alike, with easy access to Zurich, Germany and France. It is an ideal central point for anyone looking to explore all of these areas, or who are hoping for a quiet and interesting city break.
The streets, while in excellent condition, can occasionally become narrow and are best traversed using a quick and small car.
Driving in Basel
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Important things to note
The inner city streets can seem confusing to first time visitors, especially as the streets are often shared with the tram line. It is important to note that all drivers should yield to any oncoming trams and invest in an up-to-date map.
Parking, especially street parking, can be expensive and difficult to come by. It is recommended that drivers park either within their hotels whenever possible, or chose to park at one of the reasonably priced city garages which are generally available 24/7.
There is a strict rule across the country for cars to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, which had led to a pedestrian habit of crossing the street without warning and without checking the traffic.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Romanesque cathedral Münster is situated by Pfalz within a medieval style square, surrounded by original buildings. Constructed in 1019, the cathedral is one of the most important Romanesque buildings in the country. Open for public access, it offers incredible insight into the country’s past along with incomparable views of the city from the tower.
The Kunstmuseum Basel is hosts one of the finest 19th and 20th century art collections in Europe. There is an entire room dedicated to the work of Picasso, along with exhibitions of medieval and Renaissance work from various significant artists.
Basel is home to the oldest zoo in the country and also hosts the largest number of animals. Located in the centre of the city, it is an ideal family trip as children and adults alike will delight at the elephant enclosure and love the monkeys who live in the Monkey House.
The city is home to various events and carnivals, the most popular of which is Art Basel which was founded in the 1960s. Showcasing modern and contemporary art, it is the premier festival of its kind in the world and attracts art lovers from the world over.
The airport serving Basel is the only tri-national airport in the world, called Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg and is based upon French soil.
The vast majority of major and budget airlines serve the airport, though given the airports significance to the area, it can become crowded and busy.