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Basel

Vacations are all about rest and relaxation, although it's always nice to see a few sights while you're at it! Rest assured, that won't be a problem in Basel.

It is an area of Northern Switzerland that some 160,000 people call home.

It lies approximately 2 miles south of Huningue and about 45 miles north of Bern, the national capital.

Play, laugh and be entertained at Aquabasilea, a much-loved destination for the young and the young at heart.

Housed in exhibits along the meandering pathways of the Basel Zoo and the Zoological Garden, an eclectic mix of animals will keep you entertained for hours.

Are you wondering what it is that makes the beer that comes from Basel so tasty? Pay a visit to the Feldschloesschen Brewery for a close look at the brewing process and you might find some answers.

Ready to try your luck? Challenge the blackjack dealer or simply enjoy the bright lights at the Casino Romanix.

Those with an interest in horticulture will appreciate an informative walk through the Botanischer Garten der Universitat.

Bring along some lunch and take some time out in the tranquil surroundings of Sankt Johanns-Park and Green Meadow Park. There's also plenty of room for a game or two on the grass at Merian Park and Rosentalanlage.

Turn your phone off and take a break from the noise of the modern world at Sole Uno and Inseli. Belchen and Petite Camargue Alsacienne are also appreciated by nature-loving travelers.

The area's exhibition spaces are a gold mine of interesting facts and stories. Savor the contemplative atmosphere as you check out the unique collections at the Music Museum and the Swiss Architecture Museum. The Pharmacy Museum Basel and the Caricature and Cartoon Museum are also worthwhile.

Not only are the specimens and curiosities at the Basel Natural History Museum and the Naturhistorisches Museum a lot of fun to look at, they also help us to better understand our world.

An oasis for art lovers, this area houses an impressive range of gallery spaces in which artists and designers can exhibit their work. Pop in to the Beyeler Foundation and the Schaulager for some great examples of what this creative enclave has to offer. If you have time afterwards, the Jean Tinguely Museum and the Basel Art Museum are also well worth checking out.

Journey back through time and discover the secrets of the past at the Basel Historical Museum and the Jewish Museum. The Fricktaler Museum and the Dreilandermuseum Loerrach are also respected options.

To discover more about the events and people who shaped this place, make sure you visit its many remaining historical sites. Start the local history tour at Basel Town Hall and the Basel University. More tales from a bygone era are waiting for you at Augusta Raurica and The Palantine.

Castles like Dorneck Castle are revered for their cultural importance as well as their majestic designs.

The area's spiritual side can be found at Basler Muenster and Munsterplatz. Eptingen Church and Diegten Protestant Church are also interesting religious sites.

Think you've seen it all in Basel? Think again. While Sole Uno Wellness-Welt might not be the first attraction listed in your guidebook, many travelers find that it is worth a visit.


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The Passage

The Passage

Steinengraben 51, Basel
4.6
of 5, from 447 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Basel City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Music Museum, Basel Historical Museum and Spalentor. Basel Town Hall and Basler Muenster are also within 10 minutes.

£82
Hotel Spalentor

Hotel Spalentor

Schönbeinstrasse 1, Basel
4.6
of 5, from 584 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt Grossbasel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Spalentor and Basel Town Hall. Basel Historical Museum and Basler Muenster are also within 15 minutes.

£69
Dorint An der Messe Basel

Dorint An der Messe Basel

Schoenaustrasse 10, Basel
4.2
of 5, from 682 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Basel City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Matthew Parish and Messeturm Basel. Basel Town Hall and Basler Muenster are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£54
ibis budget Basel City

ibis budget Basel City

Grosspeterstrasse 12, Basel
3.8
of 5, from 258 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Basel, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of BIS Tower, Basel Historical Museum, and Basler Muenster. Basel Town Hall and Basel Zoo are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£84
Airport Hotel Basel

Airport Hotel Basel

Flughafenstrasse 215, Basel
4.4
of 5, from 657 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Novartis Headquarters, Spalentor and Basel Town Hall. Messeturm Basel and Basel Historical Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£59
rent-a-home Schweizergasse

rent-a-home Schweizergasse

Schweizergasse 28, Basel
2.9
of 5, from 16 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Basel, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Basel Zoo and Spalentor. Basel Town Hall and Basel Historical Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£39
Aparthotel Adagio access Saint Louis Bâle

Aparthotel Adagio access Saint Louis Bâle

92 Avenue de Bale, Saint-Louis
3.8
of 5, from 327 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this residence is within 2 miles (3 km) of Novartis Headquarters, Spalentor and Basel Town Hall. Messeturm Basel and Basler Muenster are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£62
Carathotel Basel

Carathotel Basel

Alte Strasse 58, Weil Am Rhein
4.0
of 5, from 366 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Rhein Center and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Messeturm Basel. Vitra Design Museum and Stuecki Shopping Center Basel are also within 2 miles (3 km).

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