Basel is a Swiss industrial city on the river Rhine. The city is located in north-western Switzerland on the country’s borders with Germany and France . Significant percentages of the city’s suburbs lie in these bordering countries as opposed to Switzerland.
Basel is a great destination for any culture lover, as it lies at a crossroads of three countries and is full of a variety of museums, art galleries, theatres and parks to enjoy.
Visitors almost always make a stop at the Kunstmuseum, which houses the works of Picasso, Van Gogh, Chagall, Rodin and a long list of many more famous artists, both Swiss and foreign. If the Kunstmuseum isn’t enough, the Fondation Beyeler is a public-home-turned-gallery featuring just as impressive of a collection, including Monet, Picasso and another long list of the world’s most famous artists.
Tourists can see the roots of Basel by visiting the Basler Papiermuhle, a flourmill-turned-paper mill-turned-museum. The museum has interactive features for all ages.
Basel is incredibly easy to get to, thanks to the world’s only bi-national airport. Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (airport code BSL) is technically in France, but travelers can enter into either France or Switzerland without passing through customs. SWISS, Lufthansa, British Airways and Air France all fly frequent routes into Basel, and low cost carriers such as EasyJet are adding Basel to their major routes lists as well.
If air travel isn’t possible, Basel is also easy to reach by car and high speed train. There are two train stations in the city, the Basel SBB and the Basel Badischer Bahnhof, and trains run frequently to destinations throughout France and Germany as well as Switzerland.