The town of Basel lies in the north-western corner of Switzerland. The town shares borders with France and Germany and is the heart of this tri-national region – the Dreiländereck (three countries’ corner). Besides its own attractions it can serve as a good entry point to the Alsace, Black Forestregions or the canton of Basel-Land.

Basilisk, the mythical dragon holding the coat of arms and protecting the city

The Rhine curves through the city and divides the town into two parts. Situated on the south and west bank is Grossbasel (Great Basel) with the medieval old town at its center. Kleinbasel (Little Basel), featuring much of the night-life, is on the north bank.

Wettsteinbrücke in Basel

Visiting Basel can be a holiday for your vocal cords if you plan to absorb the beautiful art in silence exhibited in the many first-rate museums. Once a year it also hosts Art | Basel (see Do) which is the world’s premier fair for modern classics and contemporary art.

Basel has one of the most amazing carnivals you’re likely to see, called Fasnacht. If you’re there during the “three loveliest days” of the year, prepare to be amazed, and don’t expect to be able to sleep.

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