View of the blue-green Rhine River and Basel Old Town with the red minster on the left © gatsi/
View of the blue-green Rhine River and Basel Old Town with the red minster on the left © gatsi/

Basel – Charming City on the Rhine at the Border Triangle

Published: 21 March 2024, 12:00

Basel is the oldest university city in Switzerland and combines an international atmosphere and tradition in a wonderful way. In the city on the Rhine, buildings from the 15th century and modern architecture complement each other to create a harmonious picture. The cultural city in the north-west of Switzerland is home to more than 40 museums, historical landmarks, such as the Münster (minster) and Basel Carnival, which is a UNESCO World Heritage. The international art community meets at the renowned “Art Basel” every year. 

The Rhine is a vital part of local life – whether for swimming, walking or sport, it is a popular place to relax. People sit on the riverbank in the sunshine and enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere of the city at the border triangle. The Rhine divides Basel into two parts: Großbasel Old Town on one side and Kleinbasel on the other. You can experience the city’s landmarks from the water on a boat trip – an experience not to be missed. 

Numbers, data, facts

  • Time difference: none
  • Population: 170.000
  • Official Language: standard German, Swiss German
  • Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)

Basel highlights

Trips in the canton of Basel-Landschaft

Outside the city lies the beautiful Baselbiet region, officially known as the canton of Basel-Landschaft and is often referred to as Baselland. The local recreation area with its wooded hills, castles and palaces is ideal for hiking and cycling trips. The Wasserfallen region in the upper Baselbiet region is a popular hiking area. Beautiful lookout points and hiking trails can be reached by cable car. A visit to Liestal, the capital of the Baselbiet region, with its picturesque Old Town is highly recommended. Arlesheim is home to Switzerland’s only cathedral. A boat trip on the Rhine is also an experience, for example, to Augst and the Roman town of Augusta Raurica, an open-air museum with an ancient theatre. In winter, three smaller ski resorts can be reached easily from Basel. The largest of these is in Langenbruck. 

Beautiful at any time of year: the Baselbiet region on Basel

Basel from BER

Five travel tips for ...

1. Marvel at the diversity of species at Basel Zoo

2. Attend a performance at Theater Basel

3. Ice skating on the Eglisee artificial ice rink

4. Sail down the Rhine by boat

5. Spend a day in the Aquabasilea water park 

1. For those who want something substantial: Suuri Läberli (sour beef liver) 

2. As a snack: cheese or onion tart (tray bake)

3. Typical for Carnival: a fortifying gruel

4. For those with a sweet tooth: Basler Läckerli with honey and almonds

5. Not just for kids: Mässmögge (stem-shaped sweets)

1. Inspect 300,000 works from eight centuries at the Kunstmuseum 

2. Marvel at works of art from all over the world at “Art Basel”

3. View classical modern masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler

4. Visit Jean Tinguely’s “Wonder Machines” at Museum Tinguely

5. Take a closer look at street art at Artstübli, the centre for urban art

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