Switzerland’s third most populous city, Basel is located right on the river Rhine. The country borders of France, Germany and Switzerland meet in this city, giving rise to a unique blend of cultures along with an interesting history.
The cultural and historical richness of Basel is marked by the large number of museums that this place is home to. You can take a walk around Kunstmuseum, a museum of fine arts that showcases paintings from the 14th to the 20th century by famous painters like van Gogh and Cézanne. The Jewish Museum explores the local Jewish history of Basel. The courtyard of this landmark features gravestones dating back to medieval times. Try not to miss the Museum of Architecture that displays contemporary architectural styles and their features.
With a historic old town centre, a vibrant marketplace and the glittering Rhine, you’ll never run out of places to visit in Basel. The city’s Old Town is known for Marktplatz, a square dominated by cobblestone streets and the red exterior of Basel’s Rathaus, where you can browse through the food stalls for fresh produce and local food. You can take a tour of Dreilandereck – the point where the borders of France, Germany and Switzerland meet. If you truly wish to experience the city, try going for a boat ride on the Rhine and view the major sites from the water. Later, you can stop at a brewery and drink a few pints of beer along with some local specialities.