Itâ€™s not all 80s pop musicâ€¦
Having spent most of my childhood and adolescence in Basel and enjoyed its proximity to the Alps, the peace and quiet of the countryside, and secretly loving how punctual the Swiss are, I really have to vouch for the city and all it has to offer.
But my affection for Basel is not shared by my colleagues who travel there on business and moan about the outdated 80s music played in cabs and bars, the abundance of stereotypical English pubs, and lack of culture.
With this in mind, hereâ€™s a list of fun things to do while in Basel on business.Â
Bar Rouge - On the 31st floor of the Messeturm, the tallest building in Switzerland. It offers amazing views of France, Germany and Switzerland and has an impressive cocktail list.
Noohn - This trendy Japanese restaurant and bar is popular with young professionals and is a far cry from your stereotypical English pub. It offers warm sake and sushi, along with other delicacies and has a great roof terrace.
Kunsthalle - A little known fact about Basel is that the city has the highest density of museums in Switzerland. One of these is the Kunsthalle, which is centrally located and has a number of great Swiss and international works on display.Â During the winter months, the inner courtyard is turned into a public ice rink.
Basler MÃ¼nster - Situated next to the Rhine, overlooking the city, the Munster was originally built as a Catholic cathedral but has since been converted to a Protestant church. Like many buildings in Basel, the Munster dates back to the 11th century. It is also the resting place of Desiderius Erasmus and provides great views of the city.Â
“MÃ¼nschter-FÃ¤hri” - A great feature of Basel are the four wooden ferries situated along the Rhine.Â The ferries are pushed across the Rhine by the water current and are a great alternative to walking across the bridge. Although they arenâ€™t free (approx. 2 CHFs from previous experience) they can also be rented by the hour in the evenings should you wish to host some drinks onboard.
So if youâ€™re Under Pressure in your meeting, make sure you Wake Up Before You Go-Go and see some of the sights. Youâ€™ll soon be saying, â€˜I Just Canâ€™t Get Enoughâ€™ of Basel!