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Fig.1. Basel Carnival

Basel. The Largest Cultural Center on Both Sides of the Rhine

Basel is the third largest city in Switzerland, second only to Geneva and Zurich. Located on both sides of the Rhine, right on the border with France and Germany, this city attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Basel is famous for its culture, museums, old city architecture and the largest carnival in the country.

The City and Sights

Basel is one of the largest cultural centers of today’s Switzerland, in many respects owing to the first Swiss university, founded here 500 years ago. The university, which served as the second home to the famous humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam, attracted local intellectuals as well as bright minds from all over Europe. People who go to Basel for the sake of cultural advancement will appreciate the university and numerous museums and exhibitions of the city.

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Fig. 2. Basel University

The city is located right on the river Rhine, which divides it into two parts: Lesser Basel and Greater Basel. The latter is a point of interest for tourists, since the historic center, as well as the main attractions including the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral are located here.

Since Basel is a large and densely populated city, public transport does not always cope with the stream of people. If you want to see the whole city without idling in lines for and avoid the packed buses, you can order a taxi cab in Basel. This will save you a lot of time and spare you the stress of it all while sightseeing.

And believe us, this city has very, very many sights to see. Among the main attractions are the following:

  •         Strasbourg Monument. A large memorial complex dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Franco-Prussian War;
  •         Basel Historical Museum, which can be found in one of the oldest buildings - Haus zum Kirschgarten;
  •         Elisabethenkirche. The largest church in the country, designed by the architect Ferdinand Stadler in 1857;
  •         Kunsthalle Basel or The Museum of Art displays works of the great avant-garde artists of the world;
  •         Wettsteinbrücke. One of the most beautiful bridges, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the river Rhine and the city itself.
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Fig. 3. Basel from a bird's eye view

Taxi services in Basel is something that no tourist can do without. In order to explore the entire city on your own, you will need to spend numerous days, and take dozens of buses and other means of transports, whereas a taxi will save you valuable time, while ensuring comfort during travel.

As for the road to and from the airport, there are city buses going every 30 minutes. But if you do not want to wait for public transport, you can pre-order a transfer to Basel in a comfortable car.

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