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.
Basel Fasnacht: Basel Carnival kicks off at a brutal 4am on Monday 18th February, but it's worth setting an alarm for. Known as Basel's most wonderful three days of the year, Fasnacht' has highlights including the lamplit Morgenstreich' procession, and the Cortège', a clanging, jangling parade of out-of-tune Gugge brass bands and some 12,000 costume-clad merrymakers.
Monet at Fondation Beyeler
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, this iconic Basel gallery set in pretty grounds is presenting 62 masterpieces by Claude Monet until 28th May. Gathered from private collections and national museums, the works include Atlantic coastal scenes, haystacks, bridges and, of course, water lilies. Anniversary offers include free admission to anyone under 25.
Rhine river cruise
While it's still a bit chilly for outdoor swimming, get out on the water on a river cruise. One of the best is the two-and-a-half hour journey to Rheinfelden, a spa and wellness town with venerable facades, riverside restaurants, lovely strolls and an excellent thermal baths.
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