Flights to Basel
A major city is Switzerland and also serves as an important cultural center of Switzerland; Basel is idyllically located at the meeting point of Swiss, German and French border. Basel is the 3rd most populous city in Switzerland and is home to the world's oldest art collection accessible to the public. The city sprawls on an area of 23.91 km2 on the river Rhine, the city is situated at an elevation of 260 meters above sea level and presently 174,793 people live in the city. The city houses the oldest university of the Swiss Confederation and major chemical and pharmaceutical industrial centers are also located in Basel. Basel, which is the Swiss variety of Standard, is the official language of the city but Alemannic Swiss German dialect is the main spoken language.
Flights coming to Basel land at the EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, which is the major international airport and is currently operated jointly by two countries, France and Switzerland. The airport is 3.5 km from the city center and presently 29 airline operators connect the EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg with the rest of the world. The city experiences Central European continental climate which is characterized by warm summer and freezing cold winters. During summer the temperature remains below 22o C, while during winters it can dip to as low as -2°C. The city receives an average of 120.4 days of rain or snow per year and 842 mm of rainfall in a year, on an average. While May is the wettest month of the year, February is the driest. Summer months of June through August are the best time to visit the city. However, if you are interested in experiencing snowfall or indulge in winter sports, then you can visit in winter as well; just carry a lot of woolens. Basler Fasnacht, Morgestraich, BaselWorld, Basel Herbstmesse, Basler Weihnachtsmarkt, Theater Basel, Symphony Orchestra Basel and European Festival of Youth Choirs are the major festival celebrated in Basel.
Market Square is the heart of the city and this is where all the action takes place. Rathaus, a history of pharmacy museum and a fish market are the major attractions here. Town Hall is the area which houses many monumental heritage of the city. Freie Strasse is the guild-house of the locksmiths and currently has a restaurant the walls of which are adorned with beautiful paintings. Swiss Museum of the History of Pharmacy located near the near the Basle Roccoco Stadthaus, Fish market near Basle Marktplatz has a beautiful fountain and Basel Minster located on the highest point on minster Hill are the major sightseeing places in Basel. Museum of Natural History and Ethnography, the Swiss Folk Museum and St Martin's church are located around the Münsterplatz.
Natural History and Ethnography Museum, Swiss Folk Museum, St Martin's Church, Museum of Art,, Old Masters, Museum of Art, Bruglingen Mill Museum, St Alben Graben to Theaterstrasse, Museum of Antiquities and Ludwig Collection and Haus zum Kirschgarten too should be visited when in Basel. Zoo Basel is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city and in the year 2008, Forbes Travel ranked Zoo Basel as one of the fifteen best zoos in the world.
Eating and Shopping
The city of Basel boasts of a booming restaurant and café culture and during the summer season most of the city’s streets are lined with outdoor seating. Some of the local specialties which you should not miss in Basel are - Fondue, Leeks with potatoes and sausage, Rosti, Valaisanne-style, Basel-style roasted flour soup, Raclette, Polenta and braised beef, Zurich-style ragout of veal and mushroom, Tartiflette, Bern-style lekerlis biscuits with hazelnuts and Vacherin Mont D’Or. Pretzels, sandwiches, pizzas, and sometimes crêpes, pastries filled with meat, variety of tasty sausages are some of the local delicacies which are best savored from the food trucks and vendors that line the street of Basel. For the elite travellers, Cheval Blanc, Noohn, Restaurant Kunsthalle, Café Spitz, Chez Donati and Restaurant Stucki Bruderholz are the best places for fine dining experience.
Basler Läckerli which is a local biscuit is one of the most important shopping items in Basel. Artisan chocolates (especially the spicy variant), cotton towels, handkerchiefs, wood toys, traditional clothes, high quality street wear, High-end jewelry and watches, books and music collection are among the major buys in Basel. Läckerli Huus, Confiserie Brändli, Heimatwerk, Confiserie Sprüngli, TARZAN, erfolg, Kiosk 18, Plattfon Record Shop, Marinsel, Globus, Bucherer, Bider & Tanner and DomusHaus Buchhandlung für Architektur und Design are the most sought after shopping stores in the city. If you are a bargain hunter or travelling in Basel on a budget then you should definitely go to the Flohmarkt which is a huge flea make, held on every Saturday Petersplatz, and indulge in some serious discount shopping.
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