The city of Basel is situated in northern Switzerland
at a bend of the river Rhine, where three countries
meet: France, Germany, and Switzerland.
The city is divided into two parts by the river, which
are connected by six bridges.
In the old town, there are Medieval typical red sandstone
buildings, and elegant Baroque patrician houses.
Cathedral Hill has served as a known place of religious
worship since the 8th century, when the Hungarians destroyed
the Carolingian cathedral during an attack. The current
building has been there since 1356, when the earlier
Romanesque building was restored in the Gothic style
after a devastating earthquake.
There are more than 30 museums in the city, providing
evidence for the slogan "Basel - Culture Unlimited".
Because of the city’s unique location in the Three
Countries Corner, you can savour the finest of French
cuisine, discover specialities from southern Baden and
try out delicacies from all parts of the world.
It is a predominantly industrial area where most of
Switzerland’s chemical and pharmaceutical industries
are based, as well as an important share of the country’s
watch making industry. The city is an ideal base from
where to explore The Black Forest, the Jura and the
Vosges. Outdoor activities aplenty, as this area has
a great reputation for hiking, mountain climbing, skiing,
abseiling, and hang-gliding.