Basel is the centre of northwestern Switzerland, on the border with Germany and France, and located at the very core of central Europe. Identification with their city is exceptionally high not only among the city’s population, but also among those who live in the city’s suburbs and beyond.

Founded by the Romans, today’s Basel is Switzerland’s second largest city. Yet it has contrived to preserve most of the old town, which is one of the finest in Europe.

The old craftsmen’s houses are still lived in, and the taverns still resound with laughter and clinking glasses.

Since the Middle Ages, the town has played a part in trade between the North Sea and the Mediterranean, and Burgundy. Today, it is the ideal meeting place for creators, businessmen and vendors of all trades.

The choice of leisure facilities available in Basel is much greater than in other towns of similar size. This is true not only because of its above-average cultural range, its many high-class museums such as its Kunstmuseum (Museum of Fine Arts), the Beyeler Foundation, or the Antikenmuseum (Museum of Antiquities). Besides culture, Basel also offers many other possibilities for amusing oneself: at sports, walking through the old town, or a stroll to the shops in the inner city.

The Basel region also offers many opportunities for enjoying one’s leisure hours. There are many of these, in the parks, the green-belt areas around the city, its rivers, and the nearby recreational areas in the adjacent more rural half-canton, in the Black Forest, and in Alsace. A congenial picnic where the Birs joins the Rhine, a sylvan grill evening in one of the nearby woodlands, a visit to the Botanical Gardens or the zoo one of the city’s famous landmarks provide a wide and varied choice.

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