Basel is a city on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland, bordering both France and Germany. Its medieval old town centers around Marktplatz, dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall. Its 12th-century Gothic cathedral has city views, and contains the tomb of the 16th-century Dutch scholar, Erasmus. The city’s university houses some of Erasmus’ works.
For such a small place, the cultural life in Basel is astonishing. The city sits on the Rhine, with astonishing mountain views. There are plenty of historic sites. It’s also a focal point for modern architecture; one of the charming things about Basel is the way old and new are intimately intertwined. Don't forget to take a swim in the Rhine, which is an old custom among locals.
Basel is generally known as the culture capital of Switzerland. And not without reason: art can be seen wherever you go, whether strolling through the beautiful Old Town or when visiting one of the almost 40 museums. With their themed collections, the museums have something for every taste and many have reputations that stretch far beyond the Swiss border. On top of that, there are countless galleries scattered throughout the city. And that's not all: the many top-class events that take place here throughout the year, strengthen Basel’s reputation as a cultural hotspot. The city also has a lively theatre and music scene.