Basel is Switzerland's third most populous city (165,529 inhabitants (2006); 690,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area stretching across the immediate cantonal and national boundaries made Basel Switzerland's second-largest urban area as of 2003).
Located in north-west Switzerland on the river Rhine, Basel functions as a major industrial centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. The city borders both Germany and France. The Basel region, culturally extending into German Baden and French Alsace, reflects the heritage of its three states in the modern Latin name: "Regio TriRhena". It has the oldest university of the Swiss Confederation (1460).
Basel is by far the art and architecture capital of Switzerland. Its 40 museums, covering an area of almost 37 km2, can be easily reached on foot, mostly by strolling through romantic lanes and alleys in the Old Town.
Welcome to the website of Basel Tourismus. Here you find all the information about the city of Basel and region as well as the official calender of events. Also you have the possibility to book a hotel in Basel online. Basel Tourismus is looking forward to welcome you to the city on the Rhine. Discover Basel virtually.