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Basel Travel


Culture, Fine Arts, and Architecture in Basel, Switzerland

A rarely thought of city in Switzerland is Basel, and its enchanting medieval old town is an interesting place to explore. Basel is well known for its outstanding Carnival, one of the most celebrated in the world, and the lavish display of museums and art galleries that peppers the streets. The architecture is extraordinary, and many buildings are heavily influence by the Romanesque and Renaissance eras. The historical significance of Bern is complimented by the more contemporary edge of other parts of the city.

In addition to the many exquisite buildings and museums, you must experience Basel art to gain insight into the rich influence of the fine arts on the city. For tips on the best art galleries to visit in Basel, tourist information can be found from the tourist offices or from visitor's guides. Remember the Kunsthaus Baselland for contemporary art, the Schaulager for more modern art, and the Fondation Beyeler for world-class art by Mark Rothko and Claude Monet. After you have had your fill of the art scene in Basel, visit the Gates to the Walled City to see the strong fortifications and gates that previously surround the entire old town. The Galluspforte sculpture is certainly worthy of seeing since it is one of the most important Romanesque works in Switzerland.



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Sightseeing Of Basel

Weather in Basel fluctuates, but is still relatively temperate especially in the summer. July is the warmest month in Basel, and if you are looking to explore the city, this is the best time of the year to travel. Officially, Basel is a German-speaking city, but many people in the area are multilingual with English being fairly common. A travel guide to Basel will give you the information that you need to plan your ideal getaway in Switzerland. For a glimpse into all that Basel has to offer, a video will give you a virtual tour of the city.