Travel to Basel, Switzerland – Episode 506

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Travel to Basel Switzerland - what to do, see and eat there

Hear about travel to Basel, Switzerland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Claudia McCoy about her hometown.


Claudia says, “Basel is really becoming a world city. Probably famous over hear is Art Basel / Art Miami, they’re in conjunction. It’s a huge art exhibition. Then theirs the jewelry and watch industry that’s also really big in Basel. It features a lot of great restaurants. In February / March it has the Swiss Carnival”.

Located as the last big city on the Rhine River, Basel has kept its historic town center. It has art and history museums and a dollhouse museum that Claudia recommends. Kids of all ages will enjoy the Museum dedicated to the works of Jean Tinguely, known for his kinetic sculpture.

“First I would just walk the old city. It has a beautiful red town hall with a gorgeous gold roof. These European towns have all of these little allies that you want to explore. Basel still has 3 of the original city gates including the Spalentor.”

The Rhine goes through the city. You can take cruises or bridges across the river.

The Basel Tattoo is a military music event that attracts bands from across the globe. It features drum and bugle corps but also rock, folk and classical music.

The date that Claudia really recommends to be in Basel is for the Carnival which happens around the first of Lent and starts with a 4 a.m. torch light parade. There are masked musical performers and floats that include political satire. The celebration starts in complete darkness as they turn out all the lights in the city.

Basel is centrally located and easy to combine with other parts of Switzerland or even nearby France and Germany.

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Show Notes

Basel Tourism
Basel Switzerland
Art Basel
Gate of Spalen
Museum Tinguely
Dollhouse Museum
Basel History Museum
Lily’s Restaurant
Lily’s Restaurant Reviews
Basel Tattoo
Top Secret Drum Corps
Carnival of Basel
Basel’s cheese and onion tarts
Colmar, France
Alsace Wine Route


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Travel to Basel Switzerland - what to do, see and eat there

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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

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