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Basel is a visitor-friendly city. Packed into a small amount of space, there are treasures to discover from antiquity to modern times, and from Armani to Zimmerli. This city has much to offer: Stroll through history. Delve into art and culture in one of the excellent museums. Be transfixed by a dance or theatre performance. Wine and dine on recommendation of Gault Millau. Or go on an extended shopping spree. To the adventurous visitor, Basel offers all this and more.

Culture

The renowned Fondation Beyeler in Riehen houses an art collection that focuses mainly on the modern classics.
The renowned Fondation Beyeler in Riehen houses an art collection that focuses mainly on the modern classics.

Art, architecture, theatre, dance or music – Basel lives and breathes culture and entertainment. Contemporary architecture shapes the cityscape. A plethora of independent theatres clamour for attention with first-rate productions. Not to forget the city’s main venue for the performing arts, Theater Basel, that stages plays, opera and ballet. Music lovers, too, will appreciate what is on offer: from classical concerts and operas to jazz, rock and pop concerts, there is something to suit everybody’s taste. Finally, the almost forty museums devise fascinating exhibitions on topics as varied as modern painting, musical instruments, comics or the ancient world.

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Food and Drinks

Gault Millau or Guide Michelin? Basel invites you to wine and dine to your heart’s content. Be it simple, rustic fare or exquisite culinary creations – gourmets will not be disappointed. Fancy a taste of local Swiss cuisine? Or perhaps Thai, Italian, Spanish, Indian…? From high-end restaurants and traditional taverns all the way to tasty and inexpensive take-aways: Basel has the full range. Our chefs and restaurant owners love to spoil their guests!

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Accommodation

Basel's oldest luxury hotel, the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois.
Basel's oldest luxury hotel, the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois.

Now lie back and relax. Accommodation at the hotel «Les Trois Rois» is fit for a king: With its five stars, its location in the centre of town and the wonderful views of the Rhine, this luxury hotel offers its guests only the best. For travellers on a tighter budget, the youth hostel and backpacker hostel are inexpensive alternatives. And there are many choices in-between for every taste and budget.

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Shopping

Shopping in Basel is a pleasure. In the small city centre, lots of great brands such as Bally, Burberry, Fogal and Swarovski offer their products for sale, many of them in the pedestrian zone, where shopping and sightseeing are pleasantly combined. In the alleys leading off from the main shopping streets, little boutiques invite visitors to enter and explore. For shoppers who prefer to find everything in one place, two shopping centres offer their services: St. Jakobs-Park and Stücki in Kleinhüningen.

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Events

Fancy watching a drama play out on stage? Delving into art in the museum? Or dancing the night away? Basel’s event calendar is always full and has something in store for everyone.

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Basel Office of Tourism

Further information on restaurants, culture, entertainment, events, current highlights and much more can be found on the website of Basel Tourismus.