Basel is a city that combines tradition and modernity in a unique symbiosis. It offers a diverse landscape and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. In Basel, you experience the art scene up close, whether in the charming old town or in one of the nearly 40 museums with a wide range of offerings for art lovers of all kinds. The city is globally renowned for its modern architecture and is often referred to as a cultural city.
Basel hosts top-notch events annually, including the renowned Art Basel, the most important meeting point for the international art scene, and the Basel Tattoo, the second-largest festival of its kind after the Edinburgh Tattoo. Music enthusiasts can experience the Im-Fluss Music Festival on the Rhine and the traditional Rhine swimming in the summer. The culinary scene is influenced by its proximity to France and Germany, offering a wide range from hearty local cuisine to exquisite haute cuisine.
Highlights include historical landmarks such as Basel Minster and the Pfalz, the magnificent Town Hall, the quirky Tinguely Fountain, picturesque ferries, the impressive Spalentor, and the renowned Basel Theater. Museum enthusiasts will find treasures in the Basel Art Museum, the Fondation Beyeler, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Museum Tinguely. The Basel Fair, as well as a plethora of events such as Baselworld, Baloise Session, Christmas markets, and the world-famous Basler Fasnacht (Carnival of Basel), complete the cultural offering. Basel is a city that has found the perfect balance between cosmopolitanism and tradition.