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Arriving in Basel

Book cheap flights to Basel and enjoy a holiday in this Switzerland town with a medieval setting. Basel has a rich architectural beauty and a carnival that would impress even those from Rio. This city has something to offer everyone. For those who plan to visit this cosmopolitan city that borders both Germany and France, it pays to know how to get around.

The main airport into the city is the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. It's the only airport that provides service to three nations as a home airport. Numerous major airlines call it home, including Air France, Swiss, Lufthansa and British Airways. This international airport provides Basel flights and direct access to London, Liverpool, the Canary Islands, the Greek Islands and seasonal service to Montreal. Numerous other airlines also fly into the airport.

Getting Around Basel

With your Basel flights planned, it's time to consider moving through the city. Perhaps the best way to get around the city is by walking. You can also use a tram or bus to get around. The city has a light rail line and a bus network that connect most areas. The green trams are the best option as they are the least expensive and most convenient. There are plenty of other transportation options as well. You can rent a bicycle if you would like to get some exercise while touring the city. You can travel across the Rhine River by boat. There are various small ferries to provide various connection points. For those who wish to rent a vehicle, you can do so, but it's expensive and there aren't many rental cars available. In addition, parking is very hard to find and some hotels do not even offer parking.

Main Attractions in Basel

There are numerous main attractions in Basel that are worth seeing. Start with a visit to the Elisabethen. It was built in 1857 and has incredible Neo-Gothic architecture. You should also visit Munster Pfalz, a 1019 cathedral and the Rathaus, which is a Renaissance palace that's been renovated. Other worthy places to visit include the Kunstmuseum Basel art museum and the Fondation Beyeler art museum. In addition, be sure to visit the Basel Zoo, one of the oldest and largest zoos in Switzerland, explore the Rhine River by ferry or by take a walk over one of the walking bridges, enjoy listening to the Symphony Orchestra Basel at the Theatre Basel and take in a sports event or one of the festivals that take place throughout the year.

Shopping, Dining and Night Life in Basel

With the money saved on cheap flights to Basel, there's no reason to avoid shopping. You will find everything from small kiosks to stop at along the road to large luxury boutiques. Perhaps the largest shopping area is Clarastrasse. There are numerous jewellers, chocolatiers and watch shops in this area. 

When it comes to food, be sure to visit the cafes. Many offer outdoor seating throughout the warm months. Many of the finest restaurants are located in the high-end hotels in the area. However, you will find plenty of fabulous, small restaurants throughout the streets.

Before you leave the city, you'll want to enjoy a few nights out on the town. At any of the area's shopping centres and restaurant areas, you'll find bars and clubs. Kleinbasel, also called Littel Basel, is perhaps the best neighbourhood for night life on the northern bank. The sporting events, dance clubs and music venues all offer activities throughout the night.

Flight stats for Basel - did you know?
  • EuroAirport Swiss (Basel, Switzerland)
    • Right now, 44 airlines operate out of EuroAirport Swiss.
    • EuroAirport Swiss offers nonstop flights to 86 cities.
    • Every week, at least 147 domestic flights and 1,344 international flights depart from EuroAirport Swiss.

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