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Basel, CH

Basel is a city on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland, close to the country’s borders with France and Germany.

Basel is a city on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland, close to the country’s borders with France and Germany. Cross-border relations have always been a part of life here and Basel collaborates closely on all sides of the borders on issues such as transport, environment, education and culture. Its medieval old town centers around Marktplatz, dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall. Its 12th-century Gothic cathedral has city views and contains the tomb of the 16th-century Dutch scholar, Erasmus. The city’s university houses some of Erasmus’ works.

A walk through town is all it takes to see how international Basel is. People from some 160 different nations live peacefully side by side. Men and women come to Basel for study or a job opportunity – and end up staying for life. The cosmopolitan atmosphere, pleasant climate, vibrant cultural life, gastronomic diversity and the language skills of the local population – all these things make it easy for people from all over the world to feel at home right here in Basel.

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Autumn Fair

The Herbstmesse of Basel is more than your average funfair. This tradition can look back on a history of over 550 years and is spread over seven of the city’s squares and a hall at the trade fair center. For two weeks, seven of the city’s squares and a hall at the trade fair center are transformed with fairground rides and delicious culinary treats. The numerous stalls of the large market on Petersplatz are even open for two days longer.

The Herbstmesse is more than just romance on the Ferris wheel and an adrenaline rush. For foodies and gourmands, the many tasty specialties on offer are the main attraction here at Switzerland’s oldest and largest fair. Many food stands await you with their typical Herbstmesse delights. Go to Petersplatz to try a “Chäsbängel” – a baguette filled with fondue cheese. Followed by some “Magenbrot” – sweet, spiced biscuits? Or the “Mässmogge” sweets filled with hazelnut praline? There are roasted almonds, too.

Getting There

By any means or by choice of public transport services. Click Directions to get directions to this location on Google Maps.

The Country

Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge.

The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.

The Weather

Here’s the weather for the capital city. The data is provided by OpenWeather where you also may finetune according to the location of your choice.

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