Cheap flights to Basel
World-class food, unforgettable festivals and a capital of culture – Basel is a city that likes to impress. Folklore, medieval customs, world-class museums and a hodgepodge of different cultures best sums up Switzerland’s second largest city, Basel.
Sat on the border with Germany and France, this city used to be an important trade route back in the 14th and 15th centuries. Today it’s a tourist Mecca of medieval buildings, Gothic churches and bucket loads of charm. The old town is the usual Swiss mix of riverside views, leafy courtyards, Romanesque cathedrals and enough chic boutiques to leave your credit card trembling.
Comix Shop has done a lot more than just sell comic books in its 25 years- though it does a lot of that. Come for comics-events, competitions, and special exhibitions (7 Theaterstrasse, tel: 061 271 6686).
(16 Sankt Alban-Graben, tel: 061 206 6262) Who knew one little city could have so many Picassos? See with your own eyes at Kunstmuseum Basel, whose show The Picassos Are Here! combines the artworks held by the gallery with those of Fondation Beyeler, as well as those from Basel's private owners - some of which have never been on display before. Runs until 21 July. kunstmuseumbasel.ch
This year's Baselworld, the world's leading watch and jewellery show, will be the inaugural event at the new exhibition halls of the revamped Congress Centre (25 April - 2 May). A glittering day of diamonds and gold awaits. baselworld.com
Several smaller ski lifts zip up the hills of the nearby Black Forest or Jura mountains, but more likely than not you'll find little more than grass on the pistes. An alternative is Feldberg, about an hour's drive into the Black Forest, and at 1493 metres, it's the highest peak in the Black Forest.