Basel has a wealth of experiences for lovers of culture this year from 10th International Circus Festival Young Stage to Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon, even taking a dip in the Rhine in the summer, there really is something for everyone this year in Basel.
The BASELCARD has had an upgrade.
Visitors to Basel have long been given a travel card grating them free access to the extensive public transport network but for 2018 the BASELCARD has been given a reboot. Handed to guest on check-in – for free – the BaselCard include free use of public transport, free surfing on the guest WiFi plus a 50% discount on admission to Basel’s museums, Basel Zoo, Theater Basel and much more. For more information visit: www.basel.com/en/BaselCard.
Bacon Giacometti, Fondation Beyeler 29th April – 2nd September: This spring and summer in a world exclusive, the Fondation Beyeler will be presenting two extraordinary protagonists of modern art. Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) and Francis Bacon (1909–1992). Friends and rivals their creative visions shaped art from the latter half of the twentieth century to the present day. This is the first time that a museum exhibition is being devoted to shedding light on these two artists and their relationship to each other.
The Fondation Beyeler is open 365 days a year 10pm until 6pm with late nights on Wednesday. Tickets cost 25CHF.
10th International Circus Festival Young Stage 11th – 15th May: YOUNG STAGE is the biggest international circus festival in Switzerland and offers young professional artists from all over the world a platform to perform. On Saturday 12th May to mark the 10th anniversary one daring tightrope artist will boldly go where no tightrope artists has gone before and with a death-defying walk over the Rhine – an event that can’t me missed!
For those looking to visit the festival Basel Tourism have an overnight package starting at 106CHF per person, including entrance to the big top.
Summer, summer, summer time…
Influss Festival 23rd July – 11th August – A must-see of the summer season, the Influss sets it’s stages on the Rhine as revellers take up a spot on the bank.
Open Air Basel 9th – 11th August – now in its seventh year Open Air Basel plays host to international musicians for a two day party with a socially conscious undertone as they raise money and awareness for clean drinking water worldwide. Two day tickets cost CHF55 on pre-sale.
Cool down at one of the many Buvettes, these little bars are along the Rhine and perfect for a drink or a snack in the sun.
Swiss National Day – Basel traditionally begins its celebration of Swiss National Day on July 31 with a city festival on the Rhine. More than 90 food stands and sales stalls, as well as numerous music stages and performances set the mood on both sides of the Rhine until 2 o´clock the following morning. The festival area stretches along the Kleinbasler side of the Rhine from the Johanniterbrücke to the Wettsteinbrücke and in Grossbasel from the Johanniterbrücke to the Mittlere Brücke, and from the harbour to the Marktplatz.
Rhine swimming – On the 14th August join in the fun and jump in the Rhine.
Autumn fair Basel 27th October – 11th November – The Basler Herbstmesse is more than your average funfair. This traditional event is more that 500 years in the making and still enjoys immense popularity. This huge fair is spread over seven of the city’s plazas and also in the trade fair centre, giving the impression that it stretches over the entire city centre.
Christmas in Basel 22nd November – 23rd December – The Basel Christmas markets at Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz are considered to be the prettiest and largest in Switzerland. Opening for business from the 23rd November there are almost daily events and spectacular special exhibitions in the city’s museums which enrich the cultural ambience. Both Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz offer numerous stalls where traders and artisans present their wares. Anyone looking for gift ideas will be inspired by the huge array of products and the fairy-tale atmosphere. Plenty of culinary delights are also on offer, be it a cup of mulled wine, waffles, Basler Läckerli biscuits or ever-popular grilled sausages.
If you think a story on Basel would have editorial merit for you this year, Magellan have a number of opportunities for travel including a press trip to the Young Stage festival (11th – 13th May), Autumn Fair (dates TBC) and Christmas Markets (dates TBC). To register interest or to arrange a visit, please contact me at Alexandra@magellan-pr.com.
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Notes for editors: Nestled in the heart of Europe where Switzerland, Germany and France meet, Basel – just a 10-minute drive from Basel EuroAirport – is a pocket-sized metropolis that combines Swiss quality with a multicultural population. The 40 museums, all with long-established collections and spectacular exhibitions are the foundation of Basel’s reputation as a city of culture. However, art is not only found in the myriad of museums, but is encountered across the entire city. Exciting juxtapositions are cast by the classical patrician houses and mediaeval churches side by side with modern buildings designed by major international architects such as Herzog & de Meuron or Renzo Piano. Foodies will not be disappointed in Basel either. Thanks to the city’s location, its cuisine is both excellent and eclectic. From the sunny banks of the Rhine, to the romantic streets of the Old Town to the countless boulevard cafés and trendy bars – every taste is catered for. There is always something going on in Basel!
For further information please visit www.basel.com