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    Best Time to Visit

    Pretty much anytime – it only depends on which of the four seasons you prefer. Its continental climate means summers are hot and sunny, and winters are cold and snowy. Pick the season, and your choice of bankside beaches on the Rhine, or thermal baths.

    What to Pack

    The Swiss city of culture is as stylish as they come, so fine clothes are de rigor no matter which season. With around two dozen museums in the city and fairs and events all year, best to bring your sense of curiosity too.

    General Tips

    It may only be Switzerland’s third city, behind Zurich and Geneva, but when it comes to the arts, Basel is a leader of the world, historically and in the modern age. During the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment, the city flourished, and heritage sites abound – the entire old town is a nationally protected.

    Modern Basel too boasts buildings from almost every significant contemporary architect, from Zaha Hadid to Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando to Herzong & de Meuron.

    Museums too range across a vast spectrum, from the Dollhouse Museum to Basel Paper Mill. The Kunstmuseum Basel holds the largest art collection in the country. And then there’s performing arts – Theater Basel stages German-language productions, and the city has the country’s largest orchestra too, the Sinfonieorchester Basel that calls the Musiksaal of the Stadtcasino its principal home.

    (Photo: Niki Georgiev)

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By BLOUIN ARTINFO | Feb 1, 2019
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By BLOUIN ARTINFO | Jan 19, 2019
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By BLOUIN ARTINFO | Dec 21, 2018
Galerie Henze & Ketterer is currently presenting a solo exhibition of the works of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, on view...
By BLOUIN ARTINFO | Nov 26, 2018
Kunstmuseum Basel | Neubau showcases the first monographic exhibition of Swiss-born artist Henry Fuseli. Titled ...
By BLOUIN ARTINFO | Nov 16, 2018
American painter and printmaker Edda Renouf’s paintings and works on paper from the past four decades are on view at...
Hotels & Resorts
Boutique | Mid-Range
Centrally located, contemporary design hotel.
Luxury | Mid-Range
Boutique hotel surrounded by art galleries.
Boutique hotel overlooking the Rhine.
Eco | Budget
Economical, business hotel.
All-inclusive | Mid-Range
Luxurious business hotel.
Cafe | Mid Range
Quaint restaurant serving seasonal dishes.
German | Mid Range
Cozy diner serving traditional Swiss cuisine.
Cafe | Mid Range
Contemporary Restaurant with a seasonal menu.
Wine Bar
Casual bar with over 100 wines from Europe.
Beer garden and brasseries with live music.
Quirky Designer Products.
Designer store known for handcrafted products.
Tea boutique known for infusions.
Upmarket departmental store.
Chocolate boutique known for its bonbons.