Basel

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Travel Guide to Basel

When you think about a city in Switzerland that boasts rich cultural heritage, then Basel easily comes to mind. Located strategically on the border between Switzerland, Germany and France, the city has grown and serves as home to people of diverse culture peacefully cohabiting together, hence the name cultural capital of Switzerland. There are lots of museums for tourists who will like to learn more about the rich historical past of the city. Other things to do include taking a dip in the Rhine, or spend an evening with loved one at the cinema. For history enthusiasts, then a trip to Kunstmuseum in Basel will be worth a while. The museum boasts of the largest public art collection in Switzerland in a vast neo-Palladian building established as far back as the 1930s. Excellent and Creative works by Hans Holbein, Auguste Rodin (including the famous Burghers of Calais), and Lucas Cranach, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and Edouard Maneta are a common sight in this museum. With your car rental Switzerland, access to top attractions in the city has never been easier.

Panorama in BaselWhere to go

There are other galleries worth visiting for sightseeing, including the Mitart Gallery which houses various works of contemporary artists. One cannot also ignore Ludwig Collection of sculpture whose history can be traced to ancient Greece and Rome. You can drive round the city in your cheap car rental Switzerland to feed your eyes with the numerous sculptures that are scattered around the city. There are also architectural masterpieces designed by renowned contemporary architects which include Renzo Piano, Richard Meier and Frank Gehry.

Why go now?

Since time immemorial, Basel has being a city that appreciates Art. This originated when the founding fathers of the city bought 20 Holbeins in the mid 17th century. With the establishment of the famous art fair referred to as Art Basel in 1970, the city has greatly transformed to become one of the most renowned art cities in the world. Taking its precedents from Miami and Hong Kong. the annual exhibition is usually a platform for over 250 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa to showcase their masterpieces, which cuts across both the modern and the contemporary.

When to Go

The best time to visit Basel is July when the climate is at its warmest, which is 19ºC (66ºF). January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 1ºC (34ºF). But generally, Basel has a moderate climate all year round due to its proximity to the Rhine valley.

Shopping

Shopping in Basel saves you ample time and money. This is because you can easily leverage on the price difference on various goods due to the city’s strategic location between Switzerland, France and Germany, thus offering you the chance to get items at affordable prices. There are stores in the city center where you can get locally made items. Freie Strasse, the major shopping areas features variety of upmarket designers and fashion boutiques.

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