Home to 40 museums, the city of culture for connoisseurs has the highest concentration of museums in the country. Basel also has a beautiful Old Town, modern architecture, and the Rhine – an inviting spot to rest awhile.
POINTS OF INTEREST
The Museum Tinguely houses the world’s largest collection of art by Jean Tinguely, famous for his moving mechanical sculptures. Interactive exhibitions explore his influences, the work of his contemporaries, and the latest trends.
Opened in 1874 and affectionately known as “Zolli” by the locals, Basel’s Zoological Gardens are home to a large number of indigenous and exotic animals. With its fascinating park landscape and lovingly designed enclosures, Basel Zoo is well worth a visit at any time of year.
Art Basel, the most prestigious international art fair. The approximately 300 carefully selected best galleries from all over the world show high quality modern and contemporary artworks. On show are paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, prints, video and multimedia art as well as performances by over 4,000 interesting artists. All the famous names are represented by the modern and contemporary masters like Picasso, Miró, Klee, Warhol, and Jeff Koons to the newest generation.
BASEL CHRISTMAS MARKETS
Stroll through the historic Old Town, past lovingly decorated houses, and festively adorned shop windows, and you’ll be charmed by the care that Basel puts into celebrating the Christmas season.
CARNIVAL IN BASEL
The “drey scheenschte Dääg” (three best days), as the locals call them, are also an incredible experience for visitors to the city. Around 20,000 active participants celebrate for three days, accompanied by music and beautiful carnival lanterns.