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.
Baslers' favourite summer pastime, when not sunbathing and drinking on the Lesser Basel bank, is swimming in the Rhine. Just follow the parades of swimmers marching upstream and floating down to their outdoor bar of choice.
The Basel ferries have been transporting people and their stuff across the Rhine for more than 150 years. You can ride for CHF 1.60 (€1.30) each way. basel.com/en/activities_excursions/ferries
Whether you are a fashionista or amateur historian, you should check out the History Under Your Feet exhibition at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel. It charts 3,000 years of history through the 220 shoes that are on display. The highlight of the event has to be an Egyptian shoe from 1000 BC (1 Steinenvorstadt, spielzeug-welten-museum-basel.ch).
"Paul Chan" at Basel's behemoth art-storage facility Schaulager (until 19 October) is a shocking display of obscene cartoons, odd silhouettes, and more combinations of old shoes and power leads than anyone really needs, and yet, seen together, the Hong Kong-born artist's work is so wonderfully varied and playful, the exhibit is not to be missed. schaulager.org
The one-of-a-kind Basel Paper Mill Museum offers a fascinating, hands-on tour of paper, writing, and printing, from hieroglyphs to a rag-paper cellar to a functioning modern press, with many chances for visitors of any age to press, print, and paint. A Basel highlight (37 Sankt Alban-Tal, papiermuseum.ch).
Did you know that Basel is Switzerland's cultural mecca? Der Teufelhof Basel is both a hotel and a cultural centre, offering a diverse programme of events for guests and non-residents alike. Located in the historic centre, in two historic townhouses from the 18th century, you'll find restaurants, theatre performances and art all under one roof (49 Leonhardsgraben, teufelhof.com).