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5 good reasons to go to Basel
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The cathedral, Basel’s icon
When walking through the city, you will no doubt come across the Basler Münster - Basel’s Cathedral. This Protestant place of worship was built over 1,000 years ago. The unusual red sandstone gives the cathedral a particular feel. If you climb the towers, you will get a beautiful view of the city.
A flamboyant Town Hall
The Marktplatz, right in the heart of the city, is surrounded by incredible buildings. The gold medal goes to the Rathaus - the Town Hall. Its red façade leaves no one indifferent.The building was erected in the 15th and 16th centuries, and restored during the 19th century. As for the belfry, it was only added in the early 20th century. The courtyard reveals an unexpected display of frescos, not to be missed!
An open-roof hall
Be it for an exhibition, trade fair or gathering, go to Basel’s Exhibition Hall thanks to a direct flight from Bordeaux. This contemporary construction by Herzog and Meuron contrasts with the old town’s medieval monuments.The cornerstone of this creation is “The eye on the sky”, a huge well designed into the roof.
A beer at the Brauerei Fischerstube
Those who want to drink a craft beer in Basel should head to the Brauerei Fischerstube. Beer has been brewed there for about 40 years.The brewery can be visited, and you can then settle down in the restaurant. Drinking a beer is pleasant, but could indulging in a beer fondue be even better? You can be the judge of that.
Basel’s historical restaurant
Fancy tasting a Swiss meal in a traditional setting? Head to the Löwenzorn in the old town! This restaurant is a favourite for locals and tourists alike. The rooms are adorned with beautiful old woodwork, enhanced with carnival decorations.
Läckerli, the Swiss biscuit
You cannot leave Basel without tasting some läckerlis! This speciality has existed since the 15th century. Very similar to ginger bread, it is also made with lots of spice and all things nice. There are several sorts - with honey, candied fruit and dried fruit.
Delicious Basel salmon
Basel has other culinary surprises in addition to its biscuits. Why not try Basel-style salmon? Lemon juice is poured over the fish, which is then browned in a pan. The white wine, butter, fish stock and shallot sauce contrasts with the acidity of the lemon. The salmon is served with sautéed onions.
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