Book one of our great SWISS flights to experience the high culture of Basel on the banks of the Rhine River and the beautiful region around the city. Calling itself the "pocket-sized metropolis", Basel is the home of the world’s most renowned art museums and also the greatest art fair, the Art Basel.
The list of Basel's great art museums starts with Kunstmuseum Basel and Fondation Beyeler as the most famous, but it certainly doesn’t end there. Apart from art you will also find historical museums in Basel like the Jewish Museum of Switzerland, a Toy Museum or a Museum on the history of Pharmacy.
If you visit Basel in the winter, you may want to be up in the scenic mountains nearby for a day of skiing or snowboarding instead of being in a museum. Especially around February the unique carnival of Basel, Fasnacht, will make a winter holiday very rewarding. It is a wild party going on for three days and starts at four in the morning with a procession of men in scary masks, playing drums and flutes with a deliberate disharmonic sound.
But of course Basel is also a wonderful destination in the summer. Take a stroll down the banks of the Rhine River or take a boat tour. In the beautiful medieval old town the Münster, the mighty cathedral, and the renaissance-style Rathaus, the town hall, are two of many highlights. Because many medieval back alleys wouldn’t let a car go through, this part of town is best explored on foot.
Basel is part of a tri-state area, France and Germany are just a short walk away from the city center. Get a genuine cuckoo clock in the Black Forest in Germany or great wines from the Alsace region in France. Get your flights to the beautiful SWISS destination Basel and enjoy a great time in Switzerland.* You can travel from Zurich to Basel by train. Your train ticket for this connection is included.