Once a Roman fort, Basel joined the Swiss Confederation in 1501. It is the third-largest city in Switzerland.
Basel is 53 miles from Zurich and 61 miles from Bern. If you happen to be in Paris, you can take a train to Basel. The travel time is approximately 5 hours.
Basel is situated on the banks of the Rhine River where French, German, and Swiss borders meet. On the left bank is Grossbasel and Kleinbasel is on the right bank.
Basel is the beginning or end point of several European river cruises. If you are spending a weekend or a few days in the city, highlighted below are a few places to visit.
A few points to note:
- At your hotel’s reception desk, a BaselCard is issued at check-in to every visitor who stays overnight in Basel. BaselCard is valid for the entire stay [maximum of 30 days]. The card provides for free public transportation, free WiFi at various locations, one-time 50% discount on museum tickets, and more.
- Drinking water is available from 300 public fountains in Basel. You can fill your bottle for free.
- Stop by the daily farmers market at Marktplatz to get a feel for the city.
- The COOP is a great place to buy chocolates that you might want to take back to your family and friends. The COOP has a small salad bar, ready-to-eat sandwiches, and pastries.
- Have a picnic in the Fondation Beyeler gardens or Merien Park, or find a spot along the river.