Basel is Baselworld and more: it’s an amazing city to explore and enjoy.
The world’s most prestigious watch and jewelry exhibition, which will be held from March 22 to 27, is an unmissable appointment for professionals and fans of the sector, and it is also an opportunity to explore one of the most interesting cities of Switzerland.
Here, then, are a few tips for spending time admiring and enjoying its architecture, museums, theaters, concerts and restaurants.
One of the most distinctive characteristics of the Rhineland city is its many museums. The most important are the Kunstmuseum, which is home to the largest and most important art collection of Switzerland; the La Fondation Bayeler, with over 200 modern and contemporary works of art from around the globe; and the Vitra Design Museum, one of the world’s most impressive architecture and design museums.
Besides the ones mentioned above, watch aficionados can visit some of the most important watch-making museums. A prime example is the Musée International d’Horlogerie a La Chaux-de-Fonds.
Here visitors can observe the technical, artistic, social and economic aspects of the history of watch-making in a dynamic and interactive way.
Basel also offers much from a culinary perspective, offering tourists a vast assortment of dishes ranging from ethnic and Mediterranean cuisine to Asian food and local fare.
One of the most famous local points of reference is Torstübli, a historic Basel restaurant that serves typical Swiss dishes.
Another excellent restaurant in Basel is the Cheval Blanc di Peter Knogl, which with its 3 Michelin stars and 19 Gault-Millau points is an unmissable stop for the most refined palates.
Finally, the Bar Rouge, on the top floor of the glass skyscraper on Messeplatz, is a great spot for enjoying a drink with a panoramic view of the entire city.
If you’re looking for live theater, dance, and music, there is no better place than Kaserne Basel, an old army barracks that was completely remodeled and has three large spaces for folkloric events.
Basel is an international city with a cultured, cosmopolitan mood. The harmonious blend of modern and ancient architecture and the variety of cultural offerings and great food and wine options will make your stay absolutely enjoyable.