Basel is the closest Switzerland comes to having a seaport; the Rhine is navigable for decent-sized ships from this point until it reaches the North Sea in Holland. It follows a gentle bend through the city, from southeast to north.
Basel’s year-round attractions, including the engaging Old Town, are mostly concentrated in Grossbasel (Greater Basel) on the south bank of the Rhine. Over the river, Kleinbasel (Little Basel) is a grittier area, long home to this rich city’s working class. The relief bust of Lällekeenig (Tongue King) – there’s a copy at the crossroads at the southern end of Mittlere Brücke – sticking his tongue out at the northern end, just about sums up the old attitude between the two sides of town.
Best places to stay in Basel
Switzerland - Basel & Aargau (Chapter)
Basel is home to top-flight art galleries, museums and avant-garde architecture, and boasts an enchanting Old Town. Further afield, the rolling countryside of Aargau canton is scattered with a gaggle of proud castles and pretty medieval villages.
Insider tips - Switzerland
Yep it looks like a train set and it runs like a cuckoo clock, but there are still some things you should know about Switzerland before you go. No Euros here - Switzerland is an island in middle of the Euro Zone. They haven’t joined the EU, and they like their francs, thank you...
Basel destination guides
Alsace by Bike
Wind your way through the picturesque villages and vineyards of the great wine making region of Alsace
Around Meiringen - Panoramas of the Swiss Alps
Walk beneath the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau for unrivalled panoramas of the Swiss Alps