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    One of the largest cities in Switzerland, containing the second largest urban area in the country, Basel sits in the northwest corner of the country along the Rhine River, functioning as one of the major industrial cities of the nation, especially in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The history of the city dates back to the times when the ancient Celts established settlements throughout the area, but it was the Romans who first left their mark in terms of architecture, which can be seen in such epic glory as displayed at the Augusta Raurica.

    The city is also a haven for the younger generation due to the number of universities in the city, and the annual carnival is rated as one of the best in the world, but despite all this Basel remains one of Switzerland's most underrated tourist destinations, at least with foreigners, a fact that will slowly change as more and more people become aware of everything the city has to offer.

    From the Basel Münster (where Jacob Bernoulli and Desiderius Erasumus rest in eternal slumber) to Mittlerle Brücke across the Rhine, Basel has history and charming ways. It remains a place of culture in Switzerland, and yet it is very close to to Alps, which the poet Lord Byron described as the "Palaces of Nature". This charming city offers both culture and accessibility to some of the most intriguing parts of Europe. Basel is a city that makes a bridge with France and Germany, while remaining independent.

    A gateway to the Jura Mountains, the Black Forest of Germany, and the French region of Alsace, Basel sits in one of the most beautiful sections of Europe, a beauty which is only matched by the magnificence of the architectural wonders throughout the city. From the old city center with such attractions as the Munster, the Elisabethen, the market square known as Marktplatz, the renovated palace of Rathaus in all its Renaissance glory, and the Gates of the Walled City, to the various museums showcasing the history of the city over the years, there is so much to experience in Basel that it is entirely conceivable to lose several months exploring everything here.

    Festivals occur throughout the year, not the least of which is the carnival beginning on Ash Wednesday and running for three full days. All in all, Basel is a magnificent example of the perfect Swiss city, and definitely worth visiting any time of the year.
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    • University Hospital of Basel
      0.54 Km from Basel
    • Skulpturhalle Basel
      0.67 Km from Basel
      The Skulpturhalle Basel is a museum in Basel, Switzerland, featuring cast replicas of antique sculpture. With around 2,000 casts it is the largest collection of its kind in the country, having tripled in size between 1985 and 2010. Since 1961 the collection has been managed by the Antikenmuseum Basel. The collection was started in 1830. From 1849 it was located in the newly opened Museum an der Augustinergasse (now the location of the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Cultures). In 1887 i...
    • SIS Swiss International School
      1.28 Km from Basel
      The SIS Swiss International Schools are a group of 15 private day schools in Switzerland, Germany and Brazil offering continuous education from kindergarten through to college. As of 2014, 2,180 students are enrolled at SIS. SIS has been operating schools in Switzerland since 1999, in Germany since 2008, and in Brazil since 2011. It is a joint venture of Kalaidos Education Group (Switzerland) and Klett Group (Germany).
    • Zoo Basel
      1.55 Km from Basel
      Zoo Basel is a non-profit zoo in the city of Basel, Switzerland. Its official name is Zoologischer Garten Basel — or in English: Basel Zoological Garden. Basel residents affectionately call it Zolli. Its main entrance is just outside of Basel's downtown strip of Steinen and extends in the Birsig stream valley to Basel's city border with Binningen, Basel-Country. Zoo Basel is Switzerland's oldest (1874) and largest zoo (by number of animals). With over 1.8 million visitors per year, it is the mos...
    • List of animals at Zoo Basel
      1.55 Km from Basel
      Zoo Basel is by number of animals the largest zoo in Switzerland with about seventy-five percent of its animals living in the aquarium (or Vivarium called in Basel). Most animals listed here are taken from Zoo Basel's official webpage, that list however, includes only a fraction of the specieses living in the zoo. Many names have therefore been added based on publications from the zoo or from the local media - such as Basler Zeitung and other media outlets. They are each referenced with its sour...
    • Developments at Zoo Basel
      1.55 Km from Basel
      The Zoo Basel is constantly upgrading its infrastructure, but can hardly grow in area, as it is surrounded by the city of Basel, Switzerland, and, in the south, by Binningen. While most projects are upgrading older infrastructure and constructing multiple-animal exhibits, the zoo has plans to expand in area as well.
    • History of Zoo Basel
      1.55 Km from Basel
      The Zoo Basel is located in Basel, Switzerland. Established in 1874, it is Switzerland's oldest and largest zoo (by number of animals) and a major tourist attraction with nearly 1.7 million visitors per year. In 1870, the Ornithologiegesellschaft and the city of Basel started a project to establish a zoo where visitors could see Swiss and European animals. For this, the city provided land in the Birsig valley, which was, back then, outside the city walls South of Basel.
    • Museum Tinguely
      1.77 Km from Basel
    • St. Jakobshalle
      3.16 Km from Basel
      St. Jakobshalle is an arena in Münchenstein, near Basel, Switzerland. It is primarily used for indoor sports and concert events. The St. Jakobshalle holds 9,000 people and was built in 1976. It is the home of the Davidoff Swiss Indoors men's tennis tournament. Badminton Swiss Open. Jedes Jahr versammelt sich die Welt-Elite des Badminton-Sports zu Internationales Grand Prix Gold Turnier (Each year, the world's elite badminton players gather for their international grand prix tournament.) Sepaktak...
    • Swiss Indoors
      3.28 Km from Basel
      The Swiss Indoors is a professional men's tennis tournament played on indoor hard courts. Originally an event of the Grand Prix tennis circuit between 1970 and 1989. It is currently part of the World Tour 500 Series of the ATP Tour. It is held annually at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, in October, since 1995. Roger Federer holds the record for most singles titles, having won the tournament six times, in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2014. Federer has reached the final a record ele...

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    Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
    Jan -1 109.5 30.2 43.1
    Feb 0.2 100.1 32.4 39.4
    Mar 3.5 95.2 38.3 37.5
    Apr 7.2 98.3 45 38.7
    May 11.6 108.3 52.9 42.6
    Jun 14.7 121.5 58.5 47.8
    Jul 16.6 125.2 61.9 49.3
    Aug 15.9 117.6 60.6 46.3
    Sep 12.8 107.1 55 42.2
    Oct 7.8 104.4 46 41.1
    Nov 3.3 101.7 37.9 40
    Dec 0.2 117.6 32.4 46.3

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