A trip with a little bit of everything is always a winning choice, and Basel holidays offer just that. Sitting along the River Rhine, between the German, Swiss and French borders, you can even choose whether to exit Basel airport into France or Switzerland. Basel itself has plenty to entice. Famed for its fertile arts and culture scene, great restaurants, historic sites and architecture, it thrives on juxtapositions.
The charming city centre features a mix of traditional Swiss architecture, including the arrestingly bright red town hall, and edgier contemporary buildings. A cultural hub, Basel has a long list of annual art events and festivals, the most famous being Art Basel, when show-stopping contemporary art is showcased city-wide. There’s also an annual street parade and Switzerland’s highest concentration of museums – 40 dotted all over the city – while Basel Zoo is one of the most popular in the country.
Holidays to Basel don’t just have to centre around culture, though – there are river cruises along the Rhine, the quaint Swiss countryside isn’t far outside the city centre and there’s fine cheese and chocolate waiting to be nibbled at every turn. It all adds up to a rather satisfying Swiss city break.
In Basel’s pretty old town is Marktplatz, the buzzing heart of the city. Home to various markets and the 500-year-old town hall, it offers a real glimpse into everyday life here.
Gates don’t get much more spectacular than Spalentor, the historic gateway out of Basel’s old town, which dates from 1370. The glass-domed botanical gardens are just next door, too.
Offering excellent views of the river and city, the carefully crafted design of Basel Minster is well worth a visit. Close to the Old Town area, stunning architecture provides a feast for the eyes as well as historical context to the city.