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.
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
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).
Basel Fasnacht (10-12 March) is three days of fiendish masks, blaring marching bands, ear-splitting piccolos, and more parades, sweets, and crowds than any small city really needs. But the locals won't have it any other way, making the Basel carnival far and away the year's biggest party. Try the free Fasnacht mobile app at kaellerabstieg.ch to find all the secret taverns serving food and drinks.