The city of Basel in northwest Switzerland hugs the picturesque Rhine River, with the borders of France and Germany close by. Known as a hub for art and culture, Basel is home to more than 40 museums and a full roster of festivals and events throughout the year, including the famous Art Basel fair.
It’s the third most populous city in Switzerland (after Zurich and Geneva), and it’s just as exciting as any. Fly into the international EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and experience all that Basel has to offer, from the medieval old town to the impressive 16th-century Town Hall and the lovely red sandstone Münster Cathedral (aka Basel Minster). And if you forget to brush up on your Swiss German (the most common language spoken here), don’t worry - you can easily get by speaking English or French.
Out of all the cities in Switzerland, Basel has the highest concentration of museums (40), with everything from important institutions to quirky and unusual sites. We recommend spending some time at Kunstmuseum (an amazing art gallery), the Basel Paper Mill, and the medicine-themed Pharmazie-Historisches Museum.
If you’ve got kids in tow, check out Museum Tinguely and Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, aka the Toy Museum.