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Basel is one of the largest cities in Switzerland, and is situated along the river Rhine where the Swiss, French, and German borders meet, with suburbs located in both France and Germany. One of the earliest known settlements in the area is the old Roman settlement of Augusta Raurica, and the city as we know it today can trace its history back to 374 AD as Basilea. Now Basel is a popular getaway destination for couples and cultural aficionados, as the city has some of the most exciting winter festivals, museums, and inspirational sights and architectures. Finding that perfect hotel in Basel can be a difficult task, especially when you have to browse hundreds of hotels to find it. With Venere, you can book the hotel ideal for your budget and expectations with the help of user submitted hotel reviews, hotel photo galleries, and our handy Google maps applet.
What's Basel Like?
Basel is a great city to explore on foot, and around every corner you will find a blend of historic buildings and modern attractions. The Basel Minster, a red sandstone Cathedral which was originally built in the 11th century, is one of the most inspiring landmarks in the city. The 13th century Spalentor (City Gate) provides a glimpse into the past and still has a functioning portcullis. For an afternoon at a museum or gallery, you can check out the Kunstmuseum (Fine Art Museum) or the Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum) with its many exhibits and artifacts dating as far back as to the pre-historic era.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Basel
Basel has a mild climate, which experiences snow and rainfall for almost a third of the entire year. Even during the summer months of June to August, afternoon temperatures rarely rise above 68° Fahrenheit, with heatwave temperatures of around 77° Fahrenheit. The official language in Basel is a particular dialect of German known as Alemannic Swiss German, although if you only have a basic understanding of the German language you could still have trouble with the local dialect. Most of the locals in Basel will speak English; however, if you plan on making use of public transport, then a pocket German reference book would be ideal. The railways station Basel Bahnhof SBB offers international destinations to France and Germany, and is a great way to take a day trip out of Basel. The Venere website offers an interactive map of the area around your hotel, providing the best way to find all of the popular attractions in the area.
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