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Basel, the Swiss capital of art and culture

Basel, known as Switzerland’s capital of art and culture, is located in the heart of Europe, just south of Germany and next to the Alsace region in France. It can be the perfect base to visit three European countries in one go.

About Switzerland

The excellent public transport ensures that inhabitants and visitors alike can move quickly and comfortably around the city and even across the border into the neighbouring countries of France and Germany. The pocket-sized metropolis offers about 40 museums, classical patrician houses and medieval churches side by side with modern buildings designed by major international architects such as Herzog & de Meuron or Renzo Piano.

The Barfuesserplatz is one of the best places to eat in Basel.

The medley of sophisticated shops in Basel is sure to keep you occupied. Seize the opportunity to buy a Swiss Rolex or Victorinox knife in Freie Strasse.

Basel Tourism
Stadt-Casino, Barfusserplatz Steinenberg, 14 CH 4010 Basel
Tel: +41 (0)6 12 68 68 68

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Train station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Basel can be found.

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Customer reviews

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    ease | Suzanne l. | 2015/10/22
    "Having never travelled by train in Europe and being in our 60's we were a bit nervous but the ease we were able to move luggage and find our seats was excellent. Cant remember is I got to choose seats or they were done for me. Would have prefered the table seat. Staff were very helpful in answering our queries. "

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    Great Trip | Peter c. | 2015/10/15
    "This was a local transfer to get to the fast train. All went well, platform easy to find, train left on time. Only thing to be aware of is there are three steps to get on the train. Can be tricky with bags by yourself. "

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    Great Train | Peter c. | 2015/10/15
    "This is a fast train "

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    Florence to UK the scenic way | Helen l. | 2015/09/30
    "Timetable worked well for us. No great delays but sufficient time to grab a bite to eat between connecting trains. Boards were easy to read and assistance was not far away if we needed to clarify anything. We did have to pay an extra $280 on the next leg from Basel to Paris as we had not been advised that we needed an additional ticket to cover the specific train travel in Switzerland. Luckily for us we had an understanding conductor and access to credit cards. This oversight could have been a problem for others. In all it was a long way to travel in a day, but the views were worth it and we would do it again. Travel was relaxing and prices very reasonable considering the distance we travelled. "

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    Florence to UK the scenic way | Helen l. | 2015/09/30
    "This was the beginning of a long day for our party of 4 mature travellers. No problems at all. We pre-booked (2nd class all the way), ensuring we had a seat, which was comfortable and there was storage space for our luggage. "

  • Euro trip | . | 2015/06/09
    "Ice trains are more comfortable "

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    Geneva to Frankfurt | Frederick m. | 2015/02/02
    "Very comfortable coaches, smooth ride, on time, helpful staff with a smile. "

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    Travelling backwards - not fun | Alice y. | 2015/01/20
    "I love travelling on European trains, but not when my seat is facing backwards. It would be great if there was an option for direction of travel, even if it cost more. "

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    Train Travel | Janice s. | 2014/12/24
    "Trip went well and very comfortable "

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    Relax and enjoy the view. | Martina c. | 2014/12/01
    "We enjoyed our trip which was stress free. We were staying close to Cologne HBF (Station) and walked over with our suitcases, checked the departures board and boarded our train. 1st class was comfortable and we had reserved seats next to each other. No traffic or driving on the wrong side of the road to worry about. We took our own refreshments and arrived in Bern on time to catch our next connection to Geneva. "

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