Basel - FURTHER INFORMATION
Basel - Basel visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Basel' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Basel-Stadt.
Basel is the second largest city in Switzerland. It rests on the banks of the Rhine on the borders of Switzerland, France and Germany. Although an industrial city, Basel is also culturally very important, full of many excellent museums including the Kunstmuseum Basel which houses the world's oldest art collection accessible to the public.
Basel was founded in Celtic times and evidence of Celtic and Roman castles have been unearthed around the current Basel Münster. By the 4th century AD it is mentioned in written records as Basilea or Basilia and Basel Cathedral built in the 11th century. Much of the city developed on the northern banks of the Rhine, with Kleinbasel (lesser Basel) growing up around the single bridge over the river that was built in the 13th century. In the 14th century Basel suffered from a major earthquake, destroying many buildings and surrounding castles.
Today, Basel is a popular tourist destination, particularly for those seeking culture. The city is full of world-class museums, a beautiful medieval old town center and popular Carnival.
Basel - Tourist AttractionsThis map shows some of the sights and attractions in Basel. Among the top tourist attraction in the city are:
- Basel Münster and Pfalz - Romanesque and Gothic style cathedral built between 1019-1500 with stunning views over Basel from the Pfalz nearby.
- Elisabethenkirche - 19th century Gothic church dedicated to St. Elizabeth, one of the most important Gothic churches in Switzerland.
- Gates to the Walled City - several gates remain in the walls built around Basel after the earthquake in 1356.
- Kunstmuseum Basel - museum with the largest and most significant public art collection in Switzerland dating from the 1400's onwards and also includes the Museum für Gegenwartskunst - Basel's museum of modern art.
- Marktplatz - popular market square, full of local produce, food, pastries and other delicacies.
- Rathaus - Renaissance city hall building still used for civic purposes dominating Marktplatz.
- Fondation Beyeler - important collection of 19th century works of art, founded by Ernst Beyeler.
- Puppenhausmuseum Basel - boasting the largest collection of teddy bears and other toys in the world.
- Museum Jean Tinguely - museum housing the fantastic animated mechanical works of Jean Tinguely, considered a great place to take children.
- Basel Zoo - oldest and largest zoo in Switzerland, this is the most popular paid attraction in Basel.
- Rhine River - beautiful walks along the river or take a river cruise to see the sights from the water. Basel Segway City Tour - take a guided tour of Basel on a Segway.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Flight: Basel/Mulhouse International Airport
Train: Basel SBB
Boat: Cruise companies offer tours from Amsterdam to Basel on the Rhine in the summer months.