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Pocket Guide: Basel

Looking for a hotel in Basel? This picturesque and historic city – known as Switzerland’s cultural capital – offers a great variety of places to stay to suit all kinds of visitors. Whether you’re searching for smart business accommodation with top-notch facilities and transport links, a luxury hotel perfect for romantic riverside walks along the Rhine or a family-friendly place close to Basel’s great museums, attractions and shops, you’re sure to find a Basel hotel that’s right for you.

Where to Stay in Basel for Sightseeing

Located right on the border between Switzerland, Germany and France, this esteemed university city is home to the highest concentration of museums in Switzerland, as well as a highly-regarded symphony orchestra and several internationally renowned theatres. So it’s natural that many visitors look for a hotel in Basel that’s close to all that culture. Find a place to stay on the south side of the Rhine and you’ll be near many of Basel’s top tourist attractions, including Basel Art Museum, the Museum of Culture and Basel Zoo. Explore the fascinating streets of Basel’s medieval Old Town starting at Marktplatz, with the stunning 16th-century Rathaus, and see if you can spot the three surviving city gates among the many beautiful historic buildings.

To see a completely different side to the city, pick a Basel hotel that puts you within reach of famous modern buildings such as the central City Lounge or the Vitra Campus and Design Museum in Weil am Rhein. There are even three special architecture trails you can follow to help you discover Basel’s spectacular buildings.

Popular Basel Hotels for Outdoor Adventures

Basel is a city that loves the outdoors. If you’re staying in the centre, you’ll find plenty of parks and open spaces for walking, sports or a spot of relaxation. And the magnificent River Rhine winds its way through the city, inviting you to explore its banks on foot or take a longer trip by boat.

Water is a big part of enjoying the great outdoors in Basel. In summer it’s common to see locals taking a refreshing dip in the river or chilling out at one of the water and sauna parks close to the city centre – try Laguna Badeland, Sole Uno and Aquabasilea. And being on the border between Switzerland, France and Germany means staying at any Basel hotel gives you the perfect base for exploring some of the beautiful landscapes of all three countries. The Black Forest, Alsace and the Jura Mountains are all within reach.

Book to See Basel’s Famous Fasnacht Festival

In February or March, just when you might think the city is at its quietest, the streets of Basel come alive with celebrations. The non-stop, 72-hour Fasnacht festival kicks off at 4am on the Monday after Ash Wednesday. Thought to date back to the 16th Century, it’s the biggest event of its type in Switzerland, featuring music, performances, masked processions and lantern parades.

The huge range of attractions and hotels in Basel make it a pleasure to explore. Whenever you visit, you’ll be able to get right to the heart of the action and see for yourself just what makes this city so special.