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Basel is underrated by so many visitors in Switzerland but it's a mystery why! Catch cheap flights to Basel onboard easyJet from London Gatwick. If you've got a bit more to spend, fly to Basel with Swiss or British Airways, even KLM and Lufthansa fly to Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport ((BSL).
Basel is popular in summer as a city break, in winter as a base for ski holidays and even more popular during Farsnacht, or carnival. If you're visiting during peak ski season, summer or carnival time, you'd be best to book your flights 3-4 months in advance.
Direct flights to Basel take 1 hours 30 minutes from London.
From the city's medieval town centre to its world class art museums, the contemporary and historic architecture and an annual carnival party that rivals Rio and Venice… what's not to love about Basel?
Old Town: Start your holidays in Basel in the Old Town at the Münster and then head to the Pfalz overlooking the Rhine. This is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic. Market square is your place to get fresh cheeses, bread and fruits, especially on Saturdays when the square is buzzing.
Kunstmuseum Basel: If you visit just one museum in Basel, make it this one. The permanent collection spans 19th and 20th century art including an entire room of Picasso's work.
Rhine River: In summer you can spend all day wanting along the banks of the Rhine. There is a 2 mile promenade on the Kleinbasel bank, even take a swim if you like!
Find more information on Visit Basel.
If you're visiting Basel during the carnival, BaselWorld or during Art | Basel then you'd better book your hotel rooms in Basel well in advance. Hotels fill up quickly during these events.