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Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, Basel is often referred to as Switzerland's city of culture. It has plenty to offer sightseers, who can stroll through the cobbled streets, fountains and squares of its well preserved Old Town and marvel at the cutting edge design of its modern architecture, and it also boasts no shortage of places to eat and go out. Whether you fancy exploring its museums, dining in its Michelin starred restaurants or taking a romantic trip up the Rhine, is your one stop shop for the ideal place to stay in Basel. On our website you can browse through a selection of over 60 Basel hotels, using flexible filters to narrow your search, and there are maps, high-definition images and detailed reviews to further help you weigh up your options.

What's Basel Like?

Dating back to the 15th century, the Old Town has many historic gems including a Romanesque Cathedral; the Spalentor, an entrance gate guarded by gargoyles; the imposing council building or Rathouse; and the St Alban Quarter, with its timbered houses and canals. Meanwhile, for some iconic modern architecture, visit the Exhibition Centre, the drum-topped BIZ building, the 105m Messturm and the Novartis St Johann campus. After you've booked into one of our Basel hotels, check out some of the city's 40 museums, such as the Historisches Museum, where you can see a selection of weaponry; the Kunstmuseum, with its collection of Holbeins; and the Museum Jean Tinguely, dedicated to a creator of wacky kinetic sculptures whose fountain in Theaterplatz is a major tourist attraction. Shoppers should head to Frei Strasse, where the top labels congregate, or for something more niche, try the Spalenberg area or the Peterplatz flea market.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Basel

The Rhine flows through Basel, and one way of feeling closer to the locals is to embrace this fact. You can cross the river on old-fashioned cable ferries, or go on a Basler Personenschiffahrt, a cruise and a meal. Better yet, after settling into one of our Basel hotels, why not go for a dip at one of the riverside bathing houses, or if you time your visit well, join in the annual summer swim day when everyone takes to the water? Alternatively, get into the swing of one of Basel's other festivals - the Fasnacht Carnival in Lent, 3 days of parades, masks and lanterns; the Vogel Gryff, a winter festival with dancing; or the Herbstmesse, a fortnight long Autumn fair. To experience these attractions for yourself, take a look at the accommodation in Basel on the website.