If you thought that Basel city was just a venue for the biggest watch fair…think again. Go beyond watches and discover what else you can do there.
Basel City – Switzerland
If you’re a watch lover, you may have heard about the city of Basel. After all, it hosts the biggest watch fair in the world. But, there is more to this Swiss city.
As you revel in the warm Mediterranean climate of this city by the river Rhine, you will be spoilt for choice of things to do. While you soak in the joie de vivre of this beautiful town, HOT throws up some ideas:
With over 40 museums, art is a part of the city. It spills over everywhere. If you’re an art lover…this is the place to be!
One city…many faces
Peaceful residential areas, picturesque alleys in the old town to urban landscapes reminiscent of big cities, Basel has it all in its diverse districts. Buildings from the fifteenth century sit harmoniously alongside modern architecture.
It has two orchestras of international renown. The Sinfonieorchester (symphony orchestra) and the Kammerorchester (chamber music orchestra) play regularly at the world’s big concert halls, delighting classical music fans. Classical theatre too occupies a prominent place in the cultural life of the city.
Down into history
Visit the old town, the Cathedral and marvel at the many old architectural wonders. Let the history of the city take you back centuries ago…experience the magic of the past with various guided public tours.
By the river
Chill out by the Rhine and experience the city’s inextricable link to the river. The riverfront becomes an area for recreation, meeting, gathering, eating and what not. Cruise along and marvel at the floating bridges and architecture, or take some time out to relax at the shore.
It is undisputedly the football capital of Switzerland. The FC Basel club has met international success and won countless championship titles.
Flea markets galore
Find real treasures in one of the many flea markets. The city market on Marktplatz, held from Monday to Saturday, offers a wealth of products.
The city is a gourmet’s delight. But, we would recommend trying the guild restaurants- a must-do when it comes to experiencing the rich culinary heritage of the city. This involves enjoying a traditional dinner. You surely owe it to Basel!
Not one country
Switzerland merges with Germany and France. Moreover, Basel is home to around 160 nationalities. Where else would you find this great cosmopolitan mix? Moreover, this is an apt place for an inter-country trip across Europe.
There is much more to Basel. It is definitely most known for being the host to Baselworld. But, while you’re at the biggest watch fair in the world, don’t forget to explore Basel city!