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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.

January 2017
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.

July 2017
Im Fluss A must-attend for locals, “Floss”, as this open-air festival is dubbed, lures with its floating stage on the River Rhine. As bands play on the water, people clamour along the banks to see them. This year's edition runs from 25th July to 12th August.

April 2017
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.

July 2017
Rehberger Weg Do like the Swiss and enjoy a summer stroll. This pretty 5km route that runs from the iconic Vitra design museum to the Fondation Beyeler art gallery tightropes the border between Switzerland and Germany and features 24 waymarkers packed with interesting facts.

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