Basel – Cultural Capital of Switzerland

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Art Basel

Art Basel

Basel, the third largest city in Switzerland after Zurich and Geneva, impresses with its cultural diversity and is considered the cultural capital of the country. With almost forty museums and a wide range of art and culture, Basel is world-famous for its renowned art and cultural institutions.

The city’s art museum is home to what is considered the most important public art collection in Switzerland.

With the “Amerbach Cabinet”, which was acquired by the city in 1661, the art museum can even lay claim to the title of the oldest publicly accessible art museum in the world. The Amerbach Cabinet is a renowned collection of art and artifacts, showcasing rare books, manuscripts, and curiosities, reflecting the intellectual and cultural richness of the era.

Novartis Campus Basel

Novartis Campus Basel

Roche Twin Tower Basel

Roche Twin Tower Basel

The University of Basel, founded in 1460, is the oldest university in Switzerland and one of the oldest in Europe. Numerous important scholars and researchers have taught and researched here, including personalities such as Erasmus of Rotterdam, Paracelsus, Daniel Bernoulli, Leonhard Euler, Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Jaspers, the Nobel Prize winner Tadeus Reichstein and the philosopher Jeanne Hersch.

Basel has also established itself as a leading global center for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The two renowned pharmaceutical companies Novartis and Hoffmann-La Roche have their headquarters here and make a significant contribution to the city’s scientific and economic development.

Basel is proud of its innovative strength and its contribution to global healthcare.

Minster and market square with town hall landmark of Basel

Basel City Hall

Basel City Hall

Basel Minster

Basel Minster

The city’s historical landmarks include the large market square with its richly decorated town hall made of red sandstone and the late Romanesque-Gothic minster. A stroll through the old town of Basel is a journey into the past, lined with small boutiques, antique bookshops and modern designer stores.

An absolute highlight is a visit to the “Läckerli Huus”, where you can taste the traditional Basel honey cake.

Culture and Art Center Basel

Tinguely Museum Basel

Tinguely Museum Basel

Fondation Beyeler Museum, Riehen-Basel

Fondation Beyeler Museum, Riehen-Basel

Basel is a world-class cultural center and impresses with its internationally renowned museums such as the renowned Art Museum Basel, the fascinating museum of the iron sculptor Jean Tinguely, the impressive Fondation Beyeler and the multifaceted Museum der Kulturen. In addition to these outstanding institutions, numerous galleries and small theaters attract art and culture lovers from all over the world.

Basel’s music scene is also of great importance. Here you will find the renowned symphony orchestra and the Basel Chamber Orchestra, which provide musical highlights with their first-class performances. The Musical Theater Basel delights with international productions and offers a varied program for the whole family.

Basel’s theater scene is characterized by diversity and quality. Theater Basel and the Schauspielhaus offer a wide range of performances, from classical plays to contemporary productions. Theater enthusiasts get their money’s worth here and can enjoy a multifaceted theater experience.

The city of Basel as a recreational area

Basel, the green city on the Rhine, impresses with a multitude of green oases and leisure opportunities. The Botanical Gardens and the Merian Gardens invite you to take a relaxing stroll and explore the diverse world of plants. Numerous parks offer space for recreation and active leisure activities. The idyllic banks of the Rhine in particular, with their promenades, invite you to linger and enjoy the river landscape.

Zoo Basel

Zoo Basel

St. Alban ferry "Wild Maa"

St. Alban ferry “Wild Maa”

An absolute highlight is the Zoo Basel, which delights visitors with its impressive variety of animal species and its species-appropriate enclosures. In the Etosha House, visitors can experience spectacular insights into the Namibian savannah and get up close to the animal world.

Basel is ideal for exploring on foot or by bike. The city is well connected and offers a well-developed network of cycle paths.

The four Rhine ferries, which connect Grossbasel with Kleinbasel, offer a special way to cross the Rhine.

Rhine swimming as a popular sport

The Basel Rhine Swim is very popular with the local population and has also become a tourist attraction in recent years. Rhine swimming is part of the list of living traditions in Switzerland.

Rhine swimming Basel

Rhine swimming Basel

Swimming in the Rhine is a popular sport in Basel, especially during the summer months. Immerse yourself in this special leisure activity and experience swimming in open water in a unique way. The people of Basel have invented a practical companion for this – the colorful Wickelfisch. The Wickelfisch is a waterproof bag in the shape of a fish in which clothes can be safely stored.

Basel Carnival

Basel Carnival, the city’s most important folk festival, attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year and enjoys a worldwide reputation. On the Monday after Ash Wednesday, the city wakes up with the impressive “Morgenstraich”. At four o’clock sharp in the morning, all the lights in the city go out and a colorful and bright parade through the streets begins. The Basel Carnival is not only the largest carnival in Switzerland, but also the only Protestant carnival in the world.

Basel Carnival

Basel Carnival

Basel carnival parade

Basel carnival parade

The uniqueness and cultural significance of Basel Carnival has been recognized by UNESCO. It has included the festival in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This makes the Basel Carnival the second Swiss entry alongside the Winegrowers’ Festival in Vevey. This distinction underlines the special tradition, artistic expression and cultural richness of the Basel Fasnacht.

During the carnival days, Basel is transformed into a colorful spectacle full of music, dance, costumes and traditional carnival figures such as the “Waggis” and “Larven”. The people of Basel participate with great dedication and passion and create a unique atmosphere. Fasnacht is not only a celebration for the locals, but also an inviting event for visitors from all over the world who want to experience the unique Basel Fasnacht experience.

International Exhibition Center

Basel is not only known for its cultural diversity and historical sights, but also as an important trade fair and congress city. Thanks to its central location, first-class transport links and modern infrastructure, Basel attracts organizers and participants from all over the world.

Basel Trade Fair

Basel Trade Fair

Basel border triangle - Switzerland, France, Germany

Basel border triangle – Switzerland, France, Germany

A highlight for congress organizers is the Congress Center Basel, which is centrally located in the city. It is the largest and most modern congress center in Switzerland in terms of space and offers optimal conditions for successful events.

Basel is located in the heart of Europe, on both banks of the Rhine. The city is the vibrant center of the idyllic border triangle of Switzerland, Germany and France. This geographical location makes Basel an ideal meeting place for international business relations, cultural exchange and cross-border cooperation.

Getting to Basel is extremely convenient. EuroAirport is only around 15 minutes from the city center and offers good connections to numerous European cities. Rail travelers can reach Basel via both the SBB train station and the Badischer Bahnhof. Thanks to its location close to the border, it is also possible to reach Basel by TGV and ICE from neighboring countries.

Video BASEL SWITZERLAND: Top 10 Things to Do | Tourist attractions + Tour of the City | Museums, Rhine +

BASEL SWITZERLAND: Top 10 Things to Do | Tourist attractions + Tour of the City | Museums, Rhine +

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Video Basel (Schweiz) [2020] | EPIC Drohne in 4K

Basel (Switzerland) [2020] | EPIC Drone in 4K

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Video My Basel – Cinematic FPV

This summer, we captured Basel from an extraordinary perspective, using an FPV drone to fly between bridges, soar over church spires and swoop down towers. The technology of the FPV drone enables breathtaking shots and takes you on a journey through the skies of this dream city.

My Basel - Cinematic FPV

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