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“Baselmazing - a beautiful city”
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Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
6 helpful votes
“Baselmazing - a beautiful city”
Reviewed 15 January 2011

I stayed in Switzerland for Xmas and New Year in Basel. A beautiful city and everyone walks everywhere. Very easy to get around and the city transport runs like clockwork (pardon the pun). There is the Munster to see, lots of historical buildings and the xmas markets were fabulous with lots of gluedewine consumed. It was snowing which greatly added to the overall effect. I would highly recommend visiting Basel. It's also very close to the French and German boarders which is great for sightseeing.

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Weil am Rhein
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
146 helpful votes
“A Swiss City with an International Flare”
Reviewed 2 September 2010

Basel is usually not on the typical tourist list to visit, but this charm city has many special things to offer. First of all, it is very international city with many foreigners living and working there. Second, its people are very down to earth. Third, the charm old streets of old town will take you back to the 13 or 14 century. Don't miss a show a the symphony or a concert at the Munster. Take the little boat to go across the Rhein. Sit a cafe along the Rhein watching the river flow.. It is a great Swiss city to relax and enjoy life.

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Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
8 helpful votes
“Not much to do or see here.”
Reviewed 26 May 2010

We missed our train to Zurich so changed plans to stop off in Basel for a connecting train to Interlaken. The town Basel does not have much to offer. We only were stopping by for an hour and wanted some ice cream from McDonald's but to our surprise, they do not take debit/credit cards! The immediate area from the train station seems empty and there are very few bank machines. However, there is a Starbucks that offers free wi-fi for 30 minutes if you buy a drink. We used it to look up train times. Overall, there's not much to see or do in Basel so would not recommend. We should have gone to Bern instead and visited the Einstein Museum.

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UK
1 review
7 helpful votes
“The corner stop !”
Reviewed 25 June 2007

I had my doubts when I booked my flight to Basel .I have been to Switzerland many times but never been to the less trodden paths.
Basel is a beautiful little town on the banks of the romantic river Rhine.Its conveniently placed at the French and German border allowing you to travel between these countries with ease. The transportation is dependable as one would assume in Switzerland.However you can see most of Basel on foot .

The streets are clean and there is no usual mad rush of the tourists.You can easily blend with the crowd.I found that there were loads of people who could speak fluent English which was great .
There are good B&Bs and hotels including Ramada,Plaza and Hilton .The town is dotted with cafes along the river with beautiful scenery. The only disappointment was that all the shops were closed on Sunday but you can make this up by having lunch enjoying the summer shine.Evenings are busy with the cruise on Rhine . The culinary experience was good with a good choice from Swiz ,italian or Mediterranean to Thai and Japanese with sushi bars.
If you fancy an adrenalin rush ,you could hike the Jura hills which are beautiful.Its only 20mnts from the town center.I hired the scooter bike for the descent and it was absolutely fantastic !.You can also use the cable if you dont want to fight the elements. Black forest is only less than 10 miles from the town.
Overall it was a very relaxing atmosphere and I am pleased that I made that trip .

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Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, England
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
56 helpful votes
“Visiting the Christmas market in Basel”
Reviewed 14 December 2004

Firstly, which currency to take? Although the Euro is accepted in most large shops, the tills usually have a currency converter built in; the smaller market stalls definitely prefer the Swiss Franc. As the charm of shopping in Basel in December is the Christmas market I would always opt for a good handful of the local loot.
German is the language of choice, though your French will also get you by. Most people speak English, though an attempt at German is a courtesy that appears appreciated.
Arriving at Basel airport is smooth with clear signs to whichever country you are visiting. There are two buses, which take you directly to the centre of town, or a Taxi, which should cost around £20. Ask to be taken directly to the Christmas market; it is an excellent centre to begin your exploration.
The people are on the whole very friendly and courteous. Some of the finer shops display a little arrogance and should be snubbed accordingly.

Arriving in the morning, Basel gets increasingly attractive as night falls and the Christmas lights go on. Refresh your exploration with a warming glass of Gluvine or some of the Bratwurst sausage. There are a number of stalls selling such meals, which are very tasty. There is also a McDonalds, but don’t hold that against them. Basel is not cheap, but nor is it a tourist rip off city. The rag trade is particularly well represented with some superbly cut coats and jackets. The chocolate is expensive but of first class quality. The local market stalls sell various Christmas trinkets. Even if you do not want to buy its fun to browse and it looks beautiful. Well worth watching was the arrival of numerous Santa’s on their bedecked Harley Davidson’s and the bridges over the Rhine looked particularly lovely in their winter splendour.
Food from the local bars is, from my experience, well prepared and reasonably priced; drinks were not exorbitant. Service is polite and efficient.

The impression of Basel was one of safe fun and charm. Although beware the trams when you cross the road, they appear the most dangerous predator in Switzerland.

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