One of Switzerland's underrated tourist destinations, Basel has a beautiful medieval old town center, rich in architecture old and new. There are a number of things to see and do if you have a few days to explore. Visiting Basel can be a holiday for your vocal cords if you plan to absorb the beautiful art in silence exhibited in the many first-rate museums. Basel has one of the most amazing carnivals you're likely to see, called Fasnacht. If you're there during the "three loveliest days" of the year, prepare to be amazed, and don't expect to be able to sleep.<br>Basel is a cosmopolitan city because of its university and industry and its proximity to the borders of France and Germany. The official language of the city is German, but the majority of the population speaks Baseldytsch, an Alemannic dialect, as their mother tongue. Basically, the average Basler understands and speaks fluent Baseldytsch, German, English, and often French.<br>Basel prides itself on having more than two dozen museums, covering a wide range of subjects, from art emphasized below and architecture to cartoons and even dollhouses. Basel is among the most important cultural centres of Switzerland. The city comprises a large number of theatres and many museums including the Museum of fine Arts, the world's oldest art collection accessible to the public.<br><br>
Basel is a hub for night trains, services are nightly from Berlin, Amsterdam, Prague and Copenhagen with City Night Line. The Rhine is navigable to Basel, and in the summer cruise ships operate on from Amsterdam to Basel, with intermediate stops. Basel Port is located in the northern region of Switzerland and a favourite stopover of cruise liners plying the Rhine River.<br>
Theres plenty of taxi in Basel, but you won't need them if you return to your hotel before midnight. <br><br>
The Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg is the only tri-national airport in the world. Built on French soil about 4 km from Basel, it is connected with the city by a customs-free road. Several major airlines, including Swiss, Air France, British Airways and Lufthansa. In the arrival hall you can choose to go through the Swiss customs and take the customs-free road to Basel or to go through French customs.
From the airport, visitors can rent a car,take a cab or bus.
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