WIT Agent Lindsay rounds up her trip to Switzerland with Raileurope in Basel. Here are some of the highlights for her time in this beautiful city!
Welcome to Basel
Located on the border of France and Germany, Basel is Switzerland’s 3rd most populous city. Its famed for its own world-renowned museums, included the first publication art collection in Europe, Kunstmuseum (1661).
The Kunstmuseum houses works from the Renaissance all the way to 21st-century Modernism, with major pieces by Cranach the Elder, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso and Cézanne.
Trams are an indelible part of Basel life and history. In the city center, you can hop onboard a vintage tram for an aperitif for a little window into the past. Get a glimpse of what it was like to travel around Basel 100 years ago!
Neue Alte Markthalle
A main attraction in Basel, the Market Hall was build in 1929 and now houses food stalls and Sunday market.
Delve into the world of Swiss chocolate, including a walking tour of Basel’s most irresistible confectionaries, a chocolate factory, and a connoisseur tasting session. Visitors are invited to dream up, pour and refine their own chocolate creativity.
Christmas Market Basel
‘Tis the season! Basel’s charming Christmas market is in the center of festive Old Town, where over 180 artisans offer up goods and treats in rustic wooden chalets. Nibble on waffles, Basel Läckerli (gingerbread), Swiss raclettes, and grilled sausages, plus washing it all down with classic glühwein.
The Exhibition Tower soars up 105 meters over Basel, one of the highest buildings in town. For a stylish night out, head to the top floor’s bar BarRouge.
Hotels – Swissotel Le Plaza & Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois
She’s staying at two hotels — the first is Swissotel Le Plaza, one of the largest hotels in the city, within easy walking to the Musical Theatre. The 4-star hotel boasts 238 spacious rooms and suites, with gym and spa facilities. The hotel even provides a complimentary BaselCard, for free use of the public transport during your stay.
The second is Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, dubbed Gault & Millau Hotel of the Year 2020. Les Trois Rois is one of the oldest city hotels in Europe, with an old world charm and luxury 5-star service in the historic city center overlooking the Rhine.