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Basel, the Swiss capital of art and culture

Basel, the cultural capital of Switzerland

You have 4 days only? You want to visit more than one country? Basel is the name that should be on your list of towns to set camp. Perfect to visit France and Germany, from this city which is known as the Swiss capital of art and culture. There are about 40 museums, classical patrician houses and medieval churches side by side with modern buildings designed by major international architects such as Herzog & de Meuron or Renzo Piano. Top off your city tour at the Kunstmuseum Basel, known for its oldest public art collection of the world. Basel is the third most populous city of Siwtzerland.

About Switzerland

Known as the cultural capital of Switzerland, Basel has plenty to do if you’re that way inclined. The Doll’s House Museum on Barfüsserplatz is a high spot, as is the Franz Mäder Galerie which focuses entirely on Switzerland’s contemporary art. Discover the best of Basel by walking around the pedestrian-friendly sloped and narrow streets. Quench your thirst with the cleanest and healthiest water in the world from the outdoor fountains; it flows directly from glaciers in the Alps.

The landmarks around the Basel region are Augusta Raurica, Switzerland’s largest archaeological open-air museum and the charming town of Rheinfelden, known as a health and wellness destination. With the excellent public transport connection, the internationally renowned Vitra Design Museum, in the German city of Weil am Rhein, can be reached in a question of minutes.

To take the toll to three countries, you got to head to the French town of Colmar and experience the country-town atmosphere of the most Alsatian town in Alsace! Take a barque to discover the lovely and authentic scenery of this town located between the Vosges and the Rhine River.

Did you know that a Swiss Pass allows you to take all public transportation in Switzerland, as much as you want. Even better, the Swiss Pass will get you discounts to visit museums or when taking mountain top excursions.

The Barfuesserplatz is one of the best places to eat in Basel. Foreign cuisine is popular here; try the French L’Escargot near the Basel SBB train station and the Japanese Sakura restaurant inside the building.

The medley of sophisticated shops in Basel is sure to keep you occupied. Flit between established designers, up and coming fashions and high street favourites along the discerning streets. Seize the opportunity to buy a Swiss Rolex or Victorinox knife in Freie Strasse.

Basel Tourism
Stadt-Casino, Barfusserplatz Steinenberg, 14 CH 4010 Basel
Tel: +41 (0)6 12 68 68 68

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Train Station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Basel can be found.

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Paris to basel switzerland When I'm searching trip from Paris Gare Lyon to Basel SBB, I understand that we can reach Basel SBB directly by the Train or TGV Lyria as shown. May I know is there any differences for this 2 (...)

Jie Y. | 2017/07/24 answered | 0 Comments
What is the best economic way to travel , rail pass or point to point ticket Hi I am traveling as 4 adults and 1 infant (less than 2 yr old) from Paris to Murren (Interlaken) and then Interlaken to Zurich as 3 nights stay in Murren. We know the dates when we would travel. Could you suggest what would be the best way to (...)

Suvarna N. | 2017/07/02 answered | 2 Comments
5 nights stay in switzerland. please suggest best combination of trains Hi I am traveling with my wife to Europe. I will be first traveling to Paris and then to Switzerland. I have already brought tickets of TGV from Paris to Basel. From there we will be taking a train to Interlaken for my onward journey. Below (...)

Ankur . | 2017/06/20 answered | 0 Comments
Please confirm if routes are covered with eurail pass and indicate if require booking fee (cost) Please help if my schedule is fully covered by Eurail pass (2 countries, France - Switzerland) : Paris-Rennes, Paris-Strasbourg, Strabourg - Colmar Strasbourg - Lausanne, Lausanne-Thun, Thun-Interlaken (...)

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Which is the most suitable rail pass for my trip? This is my first time traveling in France at Strasbourg for a business trip. However, I have 4 days left after my work and I am interested in visiting Colmar, Paris, and Basel (Swiss). What kind of rail pass should I reserve before traveling? (...)

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  • Value for money
    Good trip with no problems. | Jonathan m. | 2015/11/03
    "The price was acceptable. The seat was comfortable. The baggage area was almost filled and the train was booked a little over half capacity. The train operators were polite. The windows were a little dirty, needed wiping. Announcements in English was appreciated. Good overall trip. "

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    Great way to travel | James j. | 2015/10/30
    "Efficient, comfortable, fast. More comfortable than airline trip to Europe. Good service, good value for the Money "

  • Railing to Pairs | . | 2015/10/13
    "I've travel on nicer TGV's , but it did the trick after a little confuse about getting to the right location to load. We got to the train station 1 1/2 early. Found out they post platform location 45 min. before train time. also seat numbers are located on the arm rest. It was a very good and convenience was great - the ride was on time 3 hours 5 min. would do it again. "

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    Paris to Nice | Naresh Babu k. | 2015/10/01
    "Good connectivity. Comfortable journey "

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    Nice | Aseem g. | 2015/09/30
    "It was nice experience "

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    Comfortable | Alan l. | 2015/08/28
    "Train was clean and comfortable "

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    Dream Trip | Siraj a. | 2015/08/19
    "First of all let me thank and my congratulaion to Euro rail management for providing very comfortable trip to my family .It was nice experience. My hates off to your punctuality and cleanliness . "

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    Online ticket | Nabila Huda a. | 2015/07/30
    "Hello! A great experience i had overall but an online ticket might be made available instead of ticket that need to be send to customer with charges. Thank you! "

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    Good service | Ngoc Nam v. | 2015/07/21
    "I was transit in Basel SBB for TGV train lead to Paris, It was my good choice to enjoyed the train from Luzern to Basel. "

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    Europe Vacation | Kurt b. | 2015/07/19
    "We used the railway from Frankfurt to Basel and then from Basel to Paris. What an excellent and stress-free to move in and around Europe. Highly recommend this way to travel. "

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