Basel
Switzerland
By Libby Peck

Where France, Germany, and Switzerland converge, there’s Basel. A must-see for consumers of art and architecture, this Swiss city has a rich culture of multifaceted old-world European influences as well as modern concepts you’ll see here for the first time. In Basel, everything is something to marvel at.

WhatsCheaper.com recommends you fly into Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport, also known as the EuroAirport (BSL, MLH, EAP). This airport is unique in not only having three airport codes, but also that Switzerland and France run it jointly. You cross country borders when going from terminal to terminal! Check out the following link to find the best deals for flying to the Freiburg: (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). WhatsCheaper.com can also assist with booking your hotel reservations; just click here (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to get started today.

As a Swiss cultural center, Basel is home to two important festivals, one traditional and the other contemporary. If you have time to travel in winter, WhatsCheaper.com advises going to the Carnival of Basel, which occurs every year a week after Ash Wednesday at 4 am. During the 72-hour event, most of the city shuts down to celebrate the religious history of the city dating back to the 11th century. One of the main draws is the lanterns made by festival participants, which stay in Munsterplatz to provide the square’s evening light until the end of the festival. Some consider it to be the largest open-air art show in the world!

If you miss the Carnival of Basel, make sure to visit the site where most of the celebrating occurs. The beautiful Basel Munster, a red sandstone and tiled roof church, stands proudly above the city and is one of the main tourist attractions of Basel. WhatsCheaper.com wants to make sure you get to see this in your travel to Basel, as old architecture is just as important here as the new!

For those able to travel in the summer, WhatsCheaper.com wants you to check out Art Basel. Comparable to the Biennale in Venice, Art Basel is an international contemporary art competition hosting several hundred galleries from all over the world for artwork, installations, videos, and performances. The event draws very important names from the art world, as artists are, after all, competing—for business as well as recognition.

Although the Vitra complex in Basel is a Swedish business where furniture is manufactured, it is crucial for those interested in architecture to see! The complex features multiple buildings designed by world-renown international architects, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Alvaro Siza, and Nicholas Grimshaw. WhatsCheaper.com suggests going to the Vitra Design Museum—the Gehry-designed building—at the very least while you’re here.

Kunstmuseum Basel is another museum must. WhatsCheaper.com recommends visiting for a large collection spanning the early 15th century to the present with works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Manet, Monet, Picasso, and Warhol—and that barely skims the surface! Basel’s significance as a cultural hub is only solidified by the municipally owned collection that values predecessors as well as pacemakers in the art world.

WhatsCheaper.com sincerely hopes you pick Basel for your next trip. With aesthetic luxuries abound and its interesting location, Basel puts the best of culture in Europe in one place for when you aren’t able to experience it all. Book your trip today!

MUST SEE IN Basel LIST:

  • 1. Spalentor (City Gate)
  • 2. Zoo Basel
  • 3. Dollhouse Museum
  • 4. Fine Arts Museum
  • 5. Congress Center Basel
  • 6. Jean Tinguely Museum
  • 7. Basel Paper Mill Museum
  • 8. Barfusserkirk Museum
  • 9. Solitude Park
  • 10. Museum of Ethnology

Basel EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Vogel Gryff Festival - January
  • 2. Muba - February
  • 3. Viper International Film, Video & New Media Festival - March
  • 4. Baselworld - April
  • 5. International Music Festival - April
  • 6. Art Basel - May
  • 7. Stimmen - June
  • 8. Swiss National Day Celebrations - August
  • 9. International Dance Festival - September
  • 10. Basel Autumn Fair - October

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Hilton Basel Hotel
Aeschengraben 31, 4051, Basel, Switzerland
By Keleigh M. Quinn

Stay right in the heart of Basel, close to transportation and attractions, at the Hilton Basel Hotel. This hotel is just a short walk away from the train station and an airport shuttle. It is also just fifteen minutes away from the Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport. The Basel Conference Center is very close by, so this is the perfect choice for people attending an event or conference. You will also find plenty of shopping, restaurants and nightlife in the surrounding area. The hotel even provides complimentary tickets to use the public transportation system. Enjoy the views of the River Rhine, and explore the city by visiting Basel’s Old Town, the city cathedral, or the Kunstmuseum. Kids will love a trip to the Zoo Basel or the Dollhouse museum.

The guest rooms and suites feature soundproof windows, allowing for views of the city without the noise. Each room offers a work desk, telephones and weekday newspaper delivery. You will also have a flat screen television with available movie rentals. Refresh yourself in the marble bathroom and enjoy the plush bathrobe and slippers. The rooms also offer high speed internet access to make sure you can keep in touch throughout your trip.

You can sample Swiss cuisine at the Wettstein Restaurant downstairs. This restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a delicious buffet. Sunday Brunch is also served. Take a seat in one of the leather booths in City Bar and order a cocktail and light meal. You can also head outside to the Pool Bar which serves refreshing drinks and snacks.

In addition to the refreshing indoor pool, there is also a fitness room available for all guests. Massages and other spa treatments can be scheduled, as well. Guests are also welcome to use the Business Center, or host an event or meeting in one of the large, versatile spaces.

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