Despite being rich in wonderful architecture and home to several world class art museums, Basel is Switzerland's underrated tourist destinations.
Famous world wide for its chemical and pharmaceutical industries, Basel is also well known for its vibrant cultural scene, particularly in art and theatre.
It has a number of art galleries, museums, opera houses, and theatres which might surely compel you to visit the city once.
Just before you make your itinerary for this amazing city, quickly go through some fun facts about Basel.
#1. Basel is a city on the river Rhine, and is known for its Mediterranean climate round the year. Basil enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year.
#2. Dreilandereck is a monument in Basel, Switzerland. It marks the tripoint where the borders of France, Germany and Switzerland meet.
#3. With around 40 museums within a small area, Basel people make the love for art evident. Picasso was so moved that he gave three paintings and a study to Basel.
#4. Basel has the “most beautiful people” in the world which you’ll get to see in the “most beautiful days” the famous Fasnacht (Carnival) which is organised for 3 days every year.
#5. Driven only by current, without making noise, Basel has many floating pedestrian bridges.
#6. Swimsuits are typical summer outfits for the people in Basel. A swim in the Rhine is a refreshing treat on a hot summer day.
#7. ‘Theater Basel’ is the largest tripartite theatre in Switzerland. Dance, a cultural centre for free theatre, performance scenes, and numerous smaller stages are all its key features.
#8. Basel has a restaurant with three Michelin stars and over 20 restaurants that have won GaultMillau award.
#9. River Rhine is the heart of the city, offering numerous opportunities for recreation and relaxation, it is a perfect holiday spot for locals.
#10. Basel has Switzerland’s oldest zoo, ‘Zolli’ as known by the locals which is open everyday round the year.
#11. The city has over 300 fountains in its narrow streets which are as beautiful as its many centuries-old buildings and striking sights, such as City Hall or Basel Cathedral.
#12. The university of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland established in 1460.
#13. So as a generous and welcoming act, guests in Basel travel for free. Your personal guest card will be handed to you when you check in.
The attractive features of the BaselCard include free use of public transport, free surfing on the guest WiFi plus a 50% discount on admission to Basel’s museums, Basel Zoo, Theater Basel and much more.
#14. Team FC Basel has won international success and countless championship titles and hence Basel proudly calls itself the football capital of Switzerland.
#15. Basel is one of only few cities to have two orchestras of international renown which play regularly at the world's greatest concert halls, delighting classical music fans.
Almost one third of Basel’s residents were born outside of Switzerland.
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There are many more such facts that might amaze you and make you like the city more. Visit now to find them!!