High Quality of Life

Studies show again and again that Switzerland and its cities offer one of the highest standards of living worldwide. When you live in Basel, nothing is more than a few steps away. Museums, restaurants and clubs as well as parks and playgrounds. Breath-taking modern residential and office buildings, but also a medieval town centre and historic districts from the 19th century. Kleinbasel, multicultural and hip, versus the quieter and family-friendly residential areas at the fringes of the city. And all of this is easily accessible on foot, by bicycle, by bus, tram or car. Finally, Basel’s location on the borders of France and Germany makes it an ideal starting point for excursions into Alsace or the Black Forest.

Good schools, secure jobs

But that isn’t all: Investment in education is a priority. Basel’s schools are highly valued. Its universities foster budding talent for the region’s prospering businesses.

Living by the Rhine

The Rhine at once divides and unites Basel. The river flows right through the city, splitting it into Gross- and Kleinbasel ("Greater" and "Lesser" Basel). At the same time, the Rhine is a favourite meeting place as well as the city’s major landmark. Restaurants by the river serve food and drink in a pleasant atmosphere. And during the summer, the Rhine becomes the city’s biggest outdoor swimming pool.

What shall we do today?

For those who enjoy shopping, the choice ranges from international fashion labels and tiny boutiques to the fruit and vegetable stands at the market. Sports fans are sure to get their money’s worth: Roger Federer plays at the annual "Swiss Indoors" tennis tournament, and every game the Football Club of Basel (FCB), which in the past few years has dominated the Swiss Championship, plays in its home stadium is a major social happening.
For people who prefer to get active themselves, there is a wide range of leisure and sports activities to choose from. The many museums are also worth a visit. Cinemas, theatres, concert halls and music bars provide further entertainment. It’s almost impossible to feel bored in Basel!
 

Basel's official Rhine Swim attracts numerous participants every year.
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Basel's official Rhine Swim attracts numerous participants every year.