Nearly two millennia old, the ancient city of Basel can trace its roots back through history to its origins as the Roman fort of Basilia. For centuries a crucible for cultural and educational progress, Basel has been home to such great figures as Erasmus and Friedrich Nietzsche, each of whom left their prominent mark upon the city. Today one of the great global marketplaces for art and antiquities, Basel continues its long tradition as a catalyst of creative expression.
Top Things to Do in Basel
- Journey through history at one of Basel’s 27 museums, featuring exhibits and artifacts spanning the ages
- Stroll through Altstadt, the vividly colorful old quarter at the heart of the city, dating back to the middle ages, now bustling with stores and restaurants to entice the holiday visitor
- A weary body and mind are your tickets to Basel’s mineral-rich hot springs which dot the region surrounding the city and are said to possess miraculous healing properties
Tour the University of Basel, an academic institution dating back almost 6 centuries. Within its library you will find a collection of some of the world’s oldest and rarest manuscripts.
Replete with students and international business travelers, Basel unsurprisingly boasts a thriving collection of evening cafes and nightclubs. Whether you prefer a sophisticated cocktail bar, stylish jazz club or raucous disco, Basel has a venue well-suited to your tastes.
Plan Your Basel Holiday
Before you book your flights to Basel, check the city’s tourism website for the dates of one of the Swiss industry trade shows, which attract over a million visitors to the city each year, and will make cheap hotels in Basel almost impossible to find. Be sure to plan your trip well in advance to ensure the best flight deals to Basel. airberlin's comprehensive on-board service won't let you down.