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Dornacherstrasse 192, Basel, 4053, Switzerland
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Basel accommodation

by jacko34

We are staying in Basel for four days, we are looking to stay in the area known as the old city.
We would like a list of some good, medium priced hotels, close to transport and walking distance to the highlights of the city.
Also any advise for sight seeing during our stay would be appreciated.
Thank you.

Re: Basel accommodation

by bianchis

How about staying in this hotel which has been converted from a prison into a hotel. It is really in the middle of the city and very reasonable. Try this link and have a look.
Good luck and enjoy

Re: Basel accommodation

by Kathrin_E

Sorry can't tell about accommodation, as I live within day trip distance of Basel.

What to do, however - well, the secret is: keep your eyes open, explore and discover.
I like Basel a lot. To me, Basel consists of many little, hidden, funny and/or interesting things one doesn't notice at first sight. Like:
- the Jean Tinguley fountain (uphill, near Barfüßerplatz) - those funny machines splashing the water, really cute
- the ferry boat across the Rhine below the Münster hill
- the little fountain with the basilisk on the Kleinbasel side
- the small kalligraphy shop on the ascent to Münster hill from the South side
- the cloister at the Münster with its view of the Rhine
- the historical museum in the old Barfüßer church
- the Mandlefisch - very tasty masterpiece of bakery in the shape of a fish with a filling of almonds, available in certain bakeries, sorry I don't remember exactly where

Travel Tips for Basel

Talking to Art

by littlesam1

There is very little grafitti anywhere in Switzerland. It is generally a very clean and beautiful country. However you can come across some interesting and amusing drawings on buildings occasionally. Here is one that almost looks life like as Jim stands to have a conversation with the drawing.

Fasnacht - Basel's So Special Carnival

by Kathrin_E

I am astonished to see that VT's opulent Basel travel guide does not, so far, contain much about Basel's so special carnival. The Fasnacht is the most famous event in the city.

Basel locals, please forgive an outsider, who has never really been 'in' it, the description from an outsider's point of view. My experience is limited to two visits on Wednesday for the Courtège. I have to admit that I have not seen the Morgestraich - yet. For 2010, I have just booked myself a room for three nights and then I will be there and see it all.

Basel celebrates its carnival one week later than the usual carnival date. How come? The Lent is officially 40 days. When counting from Ash Wednesday to Easter you end up with 46 days, not 40. At some point in history the catholic church decided that Sundays are holidays and shall not be counted as fasting days, so the duration of the Lent is counted as 40 days plus 6 Sundays. Protestant Basel and other parts of Northwestern Switzerland refused to join and stuck with the old date, 40 days before Easter including the Sundays.

The event begins in the earliest hours of the morning on Monday after Ash Wednesday. At 4 a.m. all the lights in the city are turned off and the Morgestraich starts in the dark streets. Masked groups play flutes and drums and present their illuminated lanterns for the first time.

After a rest, the big daytime parade, the Courtège, starts at 1:30 p.m. Two circle routes, one clockwise, one counter-clockwise, lead through the city centre.
Map of Courtège route

Tuesday is the day of the children and the Guggemusik bands. In the evening, the Schnitzelbängg invade the pubs of the city to tell about last year's events - profound language skills in Baslerdytsch are required.

Wednesday sees another Courtège parade, again at 1:30 p.m. If staying up all night and being in the streets at 4 in the morning feels too much for you, the Courtèges are an easier and also interesting option to see a bit of Basler Fasnacht in comfortable daytime hours.

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Cycling in Switzerland

by thinking

Foundation «Cycling in Switzerland»
Finkenhubelweg 11
3001 Bern

  Rhine Route 2 Section Schaffhausen-Basel
The Hochrhein has carved its course between the Black Forest and the Jura. Sometimes wide and languid, sometimes wild and narrow. Europe's mightiest waterfall is found at Schaffhausen. Eleven power stations claim tribute from the thundering torrent before releasing it northwards to Basle.

Section Schaffhausen-Basel
Length: 128 km
Unsurfaced: 25 km
Altitude difference:
Schaffhausen-Basel: 415 m
Basel-Schaffhausen: 535 m
Altitude difference with bike transport by rail, bus or boat:
Schaffhausen-Basel: 415 m
Basel-Schaffhausen: 535 m
Level of difficulty: Low to medium, traffic experience
For: Young people,adults
Helpful hints: Schwaderloch-Etzgen and at Rümikon: main road with heavy traffic.

Botanical Garden

by german_eagle

The Botanical garden operated by the Basel University is a very nice green and peaceful oasis in the bustling city. It is located next to Petersplatz and Spalentor city gate. Access from each side. The garden is open daily.

Founded in 1589 (at a different location, though) it is one of the oldest of its kind. There are several greenhouses and plants/trees outdoor. Any time of the year *something* is in bloom. Particularly nice is the Tropical greenhouse where they also have some birds that sing all the time.

Mobility Ticket

by german_eagle

An excellent idea and value for the Basel visitor is the Mobility Ticket that comes automatically with the stay in a hotel or B&B in the city. It is valid for unlimited travel on any public transportation in the zones 10, 11, 13 of the public tranportation network TNW. This means you can use any train, tram or bus within Basel, to/from the airport, north to Riehen or south to Ettingen during your stay in Basel.

I was amazed you can even ride free upon arrival to your hotel - all you need is the confirmed reservation from the hotel.


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