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).
From 6 October, the renowned Fondation Beyeler in nearby Riehen is showing a retrospective of the German figurative sculptor Thomas Schütte. Schütte's sculptures are often bizarre, and always impressive, whether a tiny plaster cast or an iron structure several metres high (101 Baselstrasse, tel: 061 645 9700, fondationbeyeler.ch/en).
On 26 October, the Basel Herbstmesse is back for two weeks. For the 543rd time. No longer about prize pigs, the throngs come now for sweets and carnival rides, including the world's largest movable Ferris wheel, set high above the Rhine. visitbasel.ch
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.