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#1 | Mediterranean flair

Basel, the city on the bend in the Rhine, has a Mediterranean climate and as many as 300 days of sunshine a year. As soon as temperatures permit, the people of Basel take to the outdoors, and their joie de vivre becomes particularly apparent.

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#3 | Basel's residents are crazy about art

In the legendary Picasso year, 1967, the people of Basel voted to acquire two paintings by the artist for the city's Kunstmuseum (Museum of Fine Arts). Picasso was so moved that he gave three paintings and a study to Basel. And the city's love of art is evident elsewhere too: it's no coincidence that there are 40 museums here in a small geographic area.

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#4 | The city with the most beautiful people

During the famous Fasnacht (carnival), the three "most beautiful days" for the people of Basel. During the remaining 362 days in the year they prepare for the event with a passion. Look forward to creative masks, colourful costumes and wonderful lanterns! 

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#8 | Connoisseurs
gather at
Basel's restaurants

The region is no longer an insider's tip for gourmets, with over 20 restaurants that have won GaultMillau or Michelin awards. For instance, at the Cheval Blanc, a restaurant with three Michelin stars, Peter Knogl – «Chef of the year 2015» – will pamper you.

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#9 | Dolce vita on the bank

The Rhine is the city's lifeline, an area for recreation, and it inspires people, events and the city's architecture. When temperatures rise, there's a distinct southern flair: stalls set out their wares, residents put out tables and chairs, and barbecues sprout up everywhere.

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#10 | Basel Zoo: for animal lovers and explorers

Every child here knows it: the zoo, known by locals as the «Zolli». The oldest zoo in Switzerland is open year-round, providing visitors with an impressive insight into flora and fauna from around the world.

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#12 | Basel's residents see everything through red-blue-tinted spectacles

Basel can rightly call itself the football capital of Switzerland as hardly any other city in the country has such devoted fans as FC Basel. And the club shows its thanks in a fitting manner: with international success and countless championship titles.

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#14 | The home of academic life since 1460

The University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland. Besides lending the city an aura of innovation and thirst for knowledge, it also attracts lots of young people to Basel, who make life here more colourful than elsewhere.

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#16 | World-class venue

Thanks to its location on the border with France and Germany, the multinational companies established here, and the two large trade fairs, there is always a cosmopolitan air in the streets and alleys of Basel. It's therefore no wonder that the city's inhabitants are considered to be particularly open-minded.

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#17 | Listen up
in Basel

Did you know that Basel is one of only a few cities to have two orchestras of international renown? The Sinfonieorchester (symphony orchestra) and the Kammerorchester (chamber music orchestra) play regularly at the world's big concert halls, delighting classical music fans.

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