Bisected by the Rhine, and nestled between Germany
is the third largest city in Switzerland
. Given its geographical position it should come as no surprise that a diversity of cultures, a multifaceted history and modern art and architecture converge here.
Travelers know the city for its historic landmarks, including the large market square with its richly decorated red sandstone town hall and the late Romanesque-Gothic cathedral. Basel is known as “The City of Art” and its nearly 40 museums give it the highest density of museums in the country. Among them are the internationally known Basel Art Museum
, the museum devoted to the iron sculptor Jean Tinguely, the Fondation Beyeler
and the Museum of Cultures
, all of which attract a great many visitors, as do several galleries and playhouses and its symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra and musical theatre featuring international productions.
The yearly Fasnacht (Carnival) is the most important celebration for the people of Basel. On the Monday following Ash Wednesday the city rises with the “Morgenstraich,” a colorful and brilliant procession through the streets of the city that begins when the lights of the city are extinguished at exactly 4:00am..