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The beauty of Basel

The beauty of Basel

Basel


A fusion of Swiss, French and German influences, Basel has been beguiling first-time visitors and world weary travellers alike since Roman times. Scenically set on a gentle bend of The Rhine, Basel’s Old Town offers enchantment around every corner: wander along cobbled streets through old artisan quarters filled with handsome, stone and half-timbered houses. At its heart you’ll discover Marktplatz dominated by the striking, vivid red town hall and lofty Gothic cathedral. The setting for a weekly Saturday market, submerse yourself amid the sweet perfumed scents and vibrant colours of seasonal, locally-grown fruit, flowers and vegetables before heading back to your hotel. In Basel you’ll find captivating events taking place in its busy and tucked-away streets and plazas all year long. For a left-field movie experience during warm summer months, cosy up with a loved one beneath the stars and glorious medieval architecture at the open-air cinema festival. Visit in December and you’ll find Basel embracing the magic of Christmas like nowhere else. Under a sea of twinkling fairy lights and air-filled aromas of spicy glühwein, rustic artisan stalls line the medieval streets offering a tempting range of hand-crafted festive gifts and keepsakes. Whatever the season you’ll also find top rated museums and galleries liberally scattered across this highly cultured city. The stunning art collections at Fondation Beyeler and Kunstmuseum are certainly worth adding to you bucket list. Come nightfall, stepping out of any of the hotels in Basel reveals a city that knows how to have a good time too. Whether hanging out with cool hep-cats in an intimate jazz den, hitting the dance floor at a pounding DJ-fuelled club or sharing a golden cheese fondue in a cosy fire-lit tavern; at any time of the day or year, grab yourself a piece of Basel.
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