Culture unlimited

Basel shares its borders with France and Germany, and is a perfect gateway to the Swiss Jura mountains and nearby
cities. With over 40 museums, and playing host to numerous events like Carnival, Basel is truly Switzerland’s culture capital. The Rhine River, Basel’s unofficial emblem, flows through the city and provides travellers with numerous cruise options. The beautiful Old Town, modern architecture and plethora of events make Basel an inviting holiday destination.


Basel Old Town


A tour of Basel reveals an exciting mix of tradition and modernity. Its Old Town showcases unique art, sculptures, and unparallel architecture like the iconic Basler Münster Church. And, amid these alleyways, visitors can also find quaint shops selling various products and food items.

Museums of Basel

As Switzerland’s cultural center, Basel’s eclectic museums and internationally recognized galleries attract tourists from across the world. With over 40 museums such as the Fondation Beyeler, Kunstmuseum (Museum of Fine Arts), Museum Tinguely and Spielzeug Welten Museum (Toy Worlds Museum), Basel truly is Switzerland’s ‘City of Museums’.

Border Triangle

Built in 1990, the Border Triangle marks the meeting point of Switzerland with its neighbours, France and Germany. This futuristic building is equipped with a bar, an event room and a terrace with a stunning view of the Rhine. The ‘sand oasis’ beach area on the ground floor is also a popular summer tourist attraction.

Basel Zoo

Affectionately known as “Zolli” by locals, the Basel Zoo is Switzerland’s largest zoo. Housing many indigenous and exotic animals, it is worth a visit at any time of the year.

Markthalle Basel

This indoor market has a focus on eating, drinking and enjoyment. Here, a wide variety of multi-cuisine stalls, including Indian, serve scrumptious food in the form of take-away.

Insider Tips

The boat trip on the Rhine is the best way to explore Basel and its iconic landmarks such as the Cathedral, Old Town and the Border Triangle.

One of the most popular spring festivals in Switzerland, the Basel Carnival is a part of the city’s identity, as well as UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage List.

Basel’s Rhytaxi or Water Taxi moves with the flow of the water current. It is a unique way to explore the city. Visitors can also book special harbour and city tours on the Rhytaxi.

This traditional spiced biscuit is a specialty of Basel. The Läckerli Huus is a great place to learn about and purchase the biscuit. Visitors can even book a Läckerli making session at Hotel Teufelhof.

Located on the banks of the Rhine, Les Trois Rois is one of Switzerland’s most admired hotels. Here, whether sipping afternoon tea or relaxing at the piano bar, guests are guaranteed charm, sophistication and luxury