For the weary traveller… two hotels opened in March The Pullman Basel Europe and The Passage. The old Mercure Hotel has been transformed into a Pullman, with all the quality and attention to detail guests would expect. The first Pullman hotel in Switzerland welcomes guests in an imaginative, open and effortlessly modern manner. The hotel’s perfect location close to the exhibition centre and old town has, of course, remained the same. The Passage is a contemporary, four-star urban hotel boasting a prime location in downtown Basel. The 52-room designer facility is a welcome addition to Basel’s hotel stock, as the Rhine metropolis continues to see increasing demand for modern, international-standard hotels for both business and pleasure. In the autumn a 145 room Novotel and IBIS Budget with 194 rooms are also set to open.
For those who march on their stomachs… seven restaurants will open this year including Santa Pasta situated in the St. Johanns-Vorstadt and Cibo Mediterraneo. Also open this year us the Markthalle, set in a renovated market hall and keeping to that tradition offers a number of lunch possibilities.
For culture vultures… this May will see the opening of the Gerhard Richter exhibition at the Foundation Beyeler, followed by Gustave Courbet. Not one to be missed out the Kunstmuseum will open “For Your Eyes Only” a private collection from Mannerism to Surrealism this September.
For those looking for a show stopper… there is still plenty to see this year in Basel from Art Basel, the world’s premier international modern and contemporary art show – 19th – 22nd June to the Basel Tattoo. Just like the Edinburgh Tattoo, the Basel Tattoo is held against a backdrop of the historic Basel barracks and will feature bagpipes, marching bands and traditional dance – 18th – 26th July. The Basel Autumn Fair is an experience for young and old alike, taking place at seven different locations in Basel’s city centre – 25th October – 11th November.
For further information please visit www.basel.com