International Schools in Basel
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Basel – Destination guide
If key ingredients to your perfect weekend away include architecture, culture and a scenic setting, consider spending time in Basel, Switzerland’s third largest city. Located on a meander in the Rhine River, nestled between Black Forest ridges and the Jura Mountains, this is a beautiful city no matter the time of year. Basel is known for its culture, and its range of theatres, art galleries and museums, so rest assured all tastes will be catered to.
Get your bearings by taking a stroll through Basel’s historic Old Town, to its heart in Marktplatz, where you’ll find the bright red Basel Rathaus, which dates back to the 14th Century. The whole area between the Rhine River and the 700-year old city gate at Spalentor is worth some leisurely exploration, with its cobbled streets, medieval churches and homes, and its colourful fountains. Explore the old artisan’s neighbourhood, a maze of narrow side streets along Spalenberg, or delve into 2,000 years of the city’s history by hopping aboard the Old Timer Tram.
Visit the 13th century red sandstone Gothic Basel Münster, one of the city’s most impressive landmarks, situated on Müsterhügel overlooking the Rhine. Seek out the Platz platform behind the cathedral for some of the best views of the city.
Basel is home to more than 35 museums, many of which are free on the first Sunday of the month. Highlights include Fondation Beyeler housing an incredible collection of 20th century art, including works by Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, and Cézanne. The Kunstmuseum boasts the oldest public art collection in the world, and regularly hosts world-class exhibitions. The Tinguely Museum, one of Basel’s quirkier museums, houses the unusual and often rather bizarre works of Jean Tinguely, Switzerland’s famous sculptor.
For the kids…
Basel Zoo, Switzerland’s largest, is home to a fascinating range of animals including elephants, lions, cheetahs, rhinos, and penguins. If your little ones want to see some animals but their attention span doesn’t yet stretch to a full day at the zoo, take a stroll to the free-of-charge petting zoo at Tierpark Lange Erlen or visit Lange Erlen , a deer and wildlife park populated with lots of interesting furry friends. Should your clan be looking for something more adrenaline-fuelled, Europapark, Germany’s largest theme park, is just an hour away.
Though it may not sound like a ripsnorter of a day out, the Basel Paper Museum is a surprisingly fun, hands-on option for all the family. Alternatively, pop along to Basel’s Toy Museum, which houses over 6,000 toys. Their collection of 2,500 teddy bears is thought to be the largest in the world.
If you like theatre, investigate the programme at the Basler Kindertheater, where young actors perform all of the productions. The Basel Mariomnetten Theatre in the Old Town, is a traditional puppet theatre known for delighting the little ones.
Solitude Park is a wonderful spot for relaxing in the sunshine, or splashing around in the children’s paddling pool. Another option is Park im Grünen in Münchenstein , which has various activities in summer including mini golf, pony rides, and a puppet theatre. The River also offers the chance to try your hand at canoeing, kayaking, and water skiing.
If you’re travelling with the whole brood, and plan on visiting a number of the museums, it makes sense to snap up a Familienpass, which offers discounts on a range of Basel’s family activities.
Rest your head…
The Passage is a modern four-star hotel located close to the heart of the city, just a short walk from the train station. Stay here and all of the city’s sights will be right on your doorstep. Rooms start from 154CHF.
Teufelhof is a “cultural guesthouse” located between Heuberg and Leonhardsgraben, housing two boutique hotels, two restaurants, an art gallery, a theatre, an archaeological display, and most importantly, given you are on holiday, a wine shop! Rooms at the Art Hotel start from 208CHF.
Boasting over 300 years of history, a range of awards, and past guests that include rock legends, international royalty, and the literary elite, the Grand Hotel Le Trois Rois is a luxurious option ideally located on the river, right in the heart of Basel. Prices start at 544CHF.
Time to dine…
Radius 39 is a hip breakfast and brunch spot with sustainability at its heart. As the name suggests, all menu items have been produced within a 39-kilometer radius. We’re talking local honey, vegetables, fruit, meat, milk…the list goes on, plus you can snap up any products you fancy taking home with you in the shop next door. If, for you, a good breakfast begins and ends with top-notch coffee visit La Columbiana Kaffeeroesterei, which is known for having the best coffee in town. Should you be tempted by something sweet, try a gipfeli, a Swiss version of a croissant.
If you’re veggie or vegan and that stomach starts rumbling, head to Tibits a centrally-located restaurant that prides itself on only sourcing ingredients from local farmers, and small businesses. The chefs are constantly updating their selection of upwards of 40 seasonal dishes, but don’t you dare leave without sampling their homemade vegan mango cake.
If your wanderings have left you in need of an afternoon sugar fix, head to Confiserie Schiesser for cakes, pralines, and excellent coffee.
For typical Basel fare, head to Löwenzorn, a traditional restaurant spread out across three medieval buildings. Au Violon, a brasserie in Basel’s former jailhouse, provides a fun backdrop, and a range of tasty French dishes. For a fine dining experience you’re unlikely to forget, visit Schloss Bottmingen to dine upon exquisite French cuisine whilst lounging in the fairytale surroundings of Bottmingen Castle.
Just down the hill from Münsterplatz, you’ll find Freie Strasse, Basel’s primary shopping street, home to all the usual European favourites. If independently run, traditionally-Swiss boutiques are more your bag, set out for Schneidergasse, Spalenberg or Nadelberg. Marktplatz in the Old Town hosts a daily market just perfect for loading up your daypack with tasty snacks.
Paint the town
Begin the festivities at Brauner Mutz, a classic Swiss beer hall. An ideal spot for catching the sunset over the city is Campari Bar, a funky haunt popular with Basel’s arty crowd, and lovers of a good cocktail! Another riverside location that’s superb for summer evening drinks is Cargo Bar, where you could be treated to a concert, movie, or art installation to compliment your libation. If it’s views you’re after, Bar Rouge housed in Basel’s tallest building is ideal, especially for those whose idea of drinks heaven is a lovingly crafted cocktail.
Live music wise, Bird’s Eye Jazz Club is an excellent option, known for attracting local talent, as well as international names. If you’re visiting during summer, try and catch a performance on their stage moored out on the Rhine.
If you’ve packed your dancing shoes and intend to give them a good work out, head to Nordstern, an industrial-style club. CU Club and Club 59 are also fun options boasting resident DJs, fun crowds, and extensive drinks menus.
A bit of fun
For a dining experience to remember, try Blindekuh Basel, a restaurant where you sit in complete darkness. The idea is to remove the distractions provided by the other senses, so that diners are free to concentrate on the most important – taste!
Head north and cross the border into Strasbourg, just an hour and twenty minutes’ direct train ride away. The city is the capital of France’s Alsace Region, the seat of the European Parliament, and its proximity to the German border means a combination of German and French cultures permeate the streets and menus of the city.
Another fab idea for a weekend getaway is Freiburg, a university city located in Germany’s Black Forest, just an hour away from Basel. The medieval town is known for its temperate climate, and beautiful natural surroundings perfect for hikers, and lovers of the outdoors.
Be sure to try!
No trip to Basel is complete without sampling Läckerli, a gingerbread made from honey, nuts, fruit and spices, which has been delighting the taste buds of Basel for over 700 years. Once typical only at New Year, Läckerli can now be found across the county, but the best spot is Läckerli Huus in Basel.
Did you know?
If you’ve hired a car, be extra careful not to slam the door when you exit the vehicle. In Basel, it’s a criminal offence and considered the height of rudeness to shut your door too over zealously.