Fly To Basel, Switzerland
Mention Basel to any well-travelled jetsetter and you’ll be furnished with stories of exciting activities and excursions, fine dining and nightlife Euro style. While the town’s medieval history is still evident in the facades of the buildings that populate the centre, this high flying enclave located on the threshold of Switzerland’s Jura Mountain range hosts a number of modern museums and art galleries against an enviable backdrop of panoramic mountain vistas.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders require a Schengen Visa to enter Switzerland. Click here for more Schengen info.
- The South African Embassy to Switzerland is located in Bern. Alpenstrasse 29, CH-3006 Bern. Phone: +41(0)31 350 13 13.
See and do
While the Swiss winter hold its own undeniable charm, visiting Basel in the warm summer months can be as rewarding with its festivals and vibrant outdoor dining options taking centre stage.
The town’s historic centre is an attraction in itself and you’ll get a kick out of exploring the quaint cobbled streets on foot. Your first walking tour should take you from Marktplatz to Munterplatz – the main town square where Basel’s famous cathedral is located. The cathedral is open to the public and the perfect place to whet your appetite for further culture sensory overload. The central market (Marketplatz) is also a great place to buy fresh flowers and tasty local pastries.
In terms of Museums, Kunstmuseum Basel boasts an impressive collection from the Medieval and Renaissance period, as well as a whole room filled with work by Picasso.
The Rhine runs through Basel and separates Switzerland from France and Germany. If you wanted to you could visit all three EU countries in one day! And if you’re visiting in summer you might as well take a dip in the famous Rhine. There are a number of safe bathing areas along the Kleinbasel Board Promenade.
Basel Zoo is the largest in Switzerland and boasts an impressive community of animals from around the world. Visit the Monkey house where you can view primates solving human engineered problems.
Trams provide the most efficient way of getting around Basel and link pretty most of the city together. Every tram stop has an electronic ticket machine which accepts both Euro’s and Swiss francs. Day passes are also available and are a great option for those planning to travel extensively within the city. Tickets should always be bought prior to boarding trams or buses with fare dodgers being subjected to hefty fines.
Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport – BSL
Food and beverage: Enjoy snacks and drinks from Grab and Go Café at Basel Airport.
Currency Exchange: International currency exchange outlets can be found in both the departure and arrival halls.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be reported to your individual carrier. Only luggage lost within the terminal should be reported to airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: Airport Hotel Basel is the closest hotel to the airport.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt provide car rental options at Basel Airport.
Airport Hub: Basel Airport (code BSL) is a hub for easyJet Switzerland.