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Medieval Basel sits on the Rhine near the Swiss border with France and Germany. Blessed with dozens of museums and galleries, wonderful architecture (old and new) and venue of one of Europe’s biggest Carnival celebrations, Basel is often overlooked as a tourist destination, but is well worth a visit.
Basel is at its best in the summer, when you can stroll through the cobbled streets, dine al fresco and even swim in the Rhine.
Outside of peak season, crowds still flock to Basel for its famous Carnival celebrations in February and March, the only Protestant carnival in the world.
Spring and autumn are good times to visit, when there are fewer visitors and the weather is still mild. In winter, under a blanket of snow, Basel looks even more romantic and has a pretty Christmas market – this is also the best time to find a cheap flight.
If you plan to visit over the summer or during Carnival, then planning ahead is important, but whenever your trip there are plenty of ways to ensure you find a cheap flight t Basel when you book with Expedia.
The ‘Nearby airports’ option will find flights from alternative departure and arrival points that could be cheaper, Zurich and Strasbourg airports are less than a two-hour drive away from Basel.
Having leeway in your itinerary helps, and the ‘Show flexible dates’ option allows you to compare prices on different dates, which can make a big difference.
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Optimal flight times from UK cities include:
EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg lies two miles northwest of Basel just over the border in France, but is jointly administered by France and Switzerland. The airport has separate Swiss and French areas and there is a customs road that heads straight into Basel, so you don’t need to cross the border.
It handles around eight million passengers a year and has bars, restaurants and car rental facilities.
The airlines that fly direct from the UK to Basel are:
From the airport you can catch a bus or take a taxi to Basel. There are also hire car options at the airport.
The best way to explore Basel’s historic centre is on foot or by bike. But the city also boasts a cheap and efficient bus and tram system. You can buy tickets as you go or day passes.
Taking one of Basel’s motorless ferries across the Rhine is a great experience. They are attached to metal ropes and the drivers use the current to cross the river.
Drivers in Basel are courteous but driving in the city can be confusing and parking is at a premium. But hiring a car allows you to explore the countryside
In the heart of the medieval old town lies Basel cathedral, or Munster. This 13th century gothic masterpiece is spectacular and there are wonderful views of the city from the cathedral towers.
Enjoy another perspective of Basel on a river tour along the Rhine. These take in the waterside attractions and offer a glimpse of the countryside beyond the city.
Basel has dozens of high-quality museums and art collections. Highlights include the astonishing art collection at the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Museum Jean Tinguely dedicated to the madcap sculptor and the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, which has the wold’s biggest teddy bear collection.
Among the various travel passes on offer is the BaselPass, which costs a little more but includes free entry to the zoo and discounts at several museums.
Although you are in Switzerland, many shops and ticket machines accept euros.
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