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Useful Information for your Stay in Basel

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WHEN BEST TO GO

Situated in the beautiful Rhine valley, Basel boasts the highest average temperatures in Switzerland.

This year-round destination is at its best during spring and summer, when warm weather and long evenings are the perfect accompaniment to enjoy all that Basel has to offer. Alternatively, the city’s renowned Christmas markets and wonderful seasonal decorations make it an ideal festive retreat.

LOCAL CUSTOMS

Basel residents are justifiably proud of their city, which is clean, safe and relaxed. Baslers demand that tourists are equally as respectful of their city in return. Smoking is banned in all public places.

ATTIRE

Casual dress. Jacket and tie in some restaurants; check with your concierge.

LANGUAGE

Swiss German, with English spoken in most major establishments.

CURRENCY

Swiss Franc

EXCHANGE RATE

$1 = CHF 0.84
£1 = CHF 1.34
€1 = CHF 1.20

COUNTRY DIALLING CODE

+41

24 HOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT

Ambulance: 144
Fire: 118
Police: 117
Helicopter: 1414

EMBASSY CONTACTS

US:

+41 31 357 7011 (Bern)

Sulgeneckstrasse 19, 3007 Bern

 

UK:

+41 31 359 7700 (Bern)

Basel Consulate:

Gewerbestrasse 14, 4123 Allschwil

+41 61 483 0977

Basel Tourism

+41 61 268 6868

+41 61 268 6870

Aeschenvorstadt 36, CH-4010 Basel

www.basel.com

 

TIME ZONE

GMT +1

POPULATION

169,000

RELIGIOUS DEOMOGRAPHIC

Roman Catholic or Swiss Reformed Church

TYPICAL OPENING HOURS

Shops open from 8.30am to 6.30pm and there is late night shopping on Thursdays, when some stores open until 8pm. On Saturdays shops open from 9am to 5pm. On Sundays the majority of stores are closed.