Basel Airport Transfers

As a truly transnational European city, Basel is located at the heart of the picturesque tripoint border between Switzerland, Germany, and France. It’s located on both banks of the Rhine River and offers a quick getaway to the Swiss Jura, Germany’s Black Forest, and the Alsace Vosages. France’s Mulhouse and Germany’s Freiburg are so close to Basel that they share a common airport called EuroPort, and many of the citizens in their respective metropolitan areas commute to the other cities’ metropolitan areas on a daily basis.

Basel is one of Switzerland’s underappreciated tourist sites, with a gorgeous medieval old town center, a captivating carnival, and numerous world-class art institutions designed by architects such as Renzo Piano, Mario Botta, and Herzog & De Meuron. Basel also has a Romanesque Münster (cathedral), a Renaissance Rathaus (town hall), and other examples of high-quality modern architecture, including additional buildings by Herzog & De Meuron, Richard Meier, Diener & Diener, and others.

The Rhine winds through the city, dividing it into two halves. Grossbasel (Great Basel) is located on the south and west banks of the Rhine, with the medieval old town at its heart. Kleinbasel (Little Basel) is located on the north bank and is home to most of the nightlife.

Fasnacht, a carnival in Basel, is one of the most spectacular you’re likely to witness. Prepare to be astonished if you visit during the “three prettiest days” of the year, and don’t expect to sleep. The city also organizes Art | Basel (see Do) once a year, which is the world’s leading market for modern classics and contemporary art.

Visiting the city and getting from point A to point B may seem daunting at first, especially given that its metropolitan area is shared between three countries. In addition, the airport is shared between Basel, Freiburg, and Mulhouse and is located in France. With transferna, we can ensure that your worries will dissipate. We can offer you affordable, luxurious, and precise airport transfer and hotel transfers in Basel and the surrounding areas. You don’t need to worry about scrambling to find an exorbitantly expensive international taxi service for your hotel transfer or looking for a suitable combination of different types of cross-border public transport. With transferna, you can quickly and easily book a transfer from Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg airport directly to your hotel or any other location of your preference.

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• This depends on the guests’ personal preferences. You can request to get to your destination directly or take a more scenic route around the shores of the Rhine.

• You can hire any vehicle that is currently available. This depends on the number of guests requesting an airport transfer, as well as how much luggage they have. Your destination is also of importance – if you’re going straight to the city, then a more compact and luxurious car is what we recommend.

• Below, you can see our recommendations for the top locations to visit in Basel.

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Top 6 Locations to Visit in Basel

Basler Münster

Basel’s Minster, perched atop Münsterhügel (Minster Hill), is instantly identified by its towering spires and brilliantly patterned roof tiles. The magnificent 18th-century Münsterplatz, previously the site of a Roman fort, is a wide plaza. Built between the ninth and thirteenth centuries of red sandstone from France’s Vosges mountains, the minster was restored in Gothic style following an earthquake in 1356.

However, part of the old church structure survives. Protestants demolished the high altar and many of the furnishings in 1529, but the most remarkable treasures were concealed in the sacristy vaulting and survived; some of them can be seen at the history museum.

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Old Town

With its stone alleys, ancient churches, wonderfully kept old buildings, and vividly painted fountains, the area of Basel, approximately between the river and the old city gate at Spalentor, is small yet picturesque. But it is only in Basel where a totally contemporary and quirky fountain by Swiss artist Jean Tinguely has been installed in the middle of the grand ancient residences.

Wander west down Spalenberg, taking diversions into some of the small side streets, including Leonhardsberg and Spalenberg, Heuberg. This was the historic artisans’ district. Wander along Freiestrasse, which begins with the Renaissance Geltenzunfthaus. The guild-house of the locksmiths, at number 25, dates from 1488 and was adorned in Baroque style in 1733.

More wall paintings may be seen in the Hausgenossen guild-house at 34. A copy of a Gothic fountain, the original of which can be seen at the history museum, can be seen in the little Fischmarkt.

The two-hour Stories of Basel’s Old Town walking tour covers the city’s oldest areas with a professional guide who will explain local history and highlight places of interest, stopping at important tourist attractions such as the Basler Münster, Rathaus, and Tinguely Fountain. The trip focuses on the area’s distinctive architecture and rich history.

Kunstmuseum Basel

The Kunstmuseum, which was expanded with a new wing in 2015, is widely regarded as having the best collection of paintings in Switzerland, including both ancient masters and contemporary art. The ancient masters and a collection of French and Dutch paintings can be seen on the first level. Among the most notable art pieces in the museum are “Crucifixion” by Mathias Grünewald, the 15th-century Heilsspiegelaltar (Mirror of Salvation Altar) by Konrad Witz, the 16th-century portraits of Holbein and the Younger, and Rembrandt’s David with Goliath’s Head from 1627.

The second level has an excellent collection of Impressionists, Expressionists, and Surrealists from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Major works by Van Gogh, Braque, Kandinsky, Chagall, Dali, Max Ernst, Klee, Léger, Picasso, Cézanne, Gauguin, Corot, and others, as well as later works and special exhibits, can be found here.

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Papiermühle

A historic paper mill has been transformed into a museum of writing, printing, and paper, with genuine functioning equipment, set on a medieval canal with an operational waterwheel.

You can see the arduous creation of handmade paper, discover the progress of printing from before Gutenberg’s press to the extinction of lead type in the 1980s, and observe how books are bound as you walk the museum. The displays trace the evolution of writing from prehistoric pictographs to contemporary typography.

Spalentor

The Spalentor, which dates from 1370, is a defensive gate that marks the end of the ancient town. Since the collapse of the medieval town walls in 1866, the town gate has stood alone. Look to the left of the gate for an early 19th-century mailbox with the Basel pigeon insignia.

The nearby Peterskirche was reconstructed in the 15th century, although the vaulting in the choir dates from an older 14th-century structure. The Eberler chapel and the nave include paintings. The university is nearby, and it contains one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens, which was created in the 16th century.

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Tinguely Fountain

In 1977 Jean Tinguely created sculptural machines in a shallow fountain where the stage of the old city theatre company once stood, and in the process gifted Basel a famous new landmark.

In a shallow pool 19 cm deep, 16 m wide and 19 m long, cast in black mastic asphalt the artist placed nine black figures driven by low-voltage current that spout water as they move. These ten iron figures are in constant motion and conversation with each other – like the mime artists, actors and dancers that once occupied the stage that stood in this spot.

This work of art has become part of the life of Basel’s inhabitants in a way few other objects have.

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