It is not easy to describe Basel in one word. Titles such as “Cultural capital of Switzerland” or “University town” can only be understood as attempts to encompass the rich variety of cultural, historical, leisure and enjoyable experiences under one heading.
You don’t need to search for the sights in Basel. As you wander through the city, you will find them with every step you take. Whether you are in the picturesque Old Town or in the midst of world class architecture – the city offers something for every taste. Travel through all the eras of time: in hardly any other city do 15th century buildings complement internationally renowned modern architecture to create such a dynamic yet harmonious cityscape.
The narrow alleyways and hidden squares with over 180 fountains as well as the many century-old buildings and eyecatching sights such as the City Hall or the Cathedral combine to make Basel's Old Town one of the most beautiful and intact of its kind in Europe. Nearly 40 museums with world renowned exhibitions – this is unique in Switzerland and top class by international standards.
With various themed areas, our museums offer something for every taste, and some have even written history. For example, the Museum für Gegenwartskunst was the first of its kind. And the Kunstmuseum Basel is regarded as one of the oldest public art collections in the world.
Text: Basel Tourismus