Basel Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Basel is Switzerland’s third largest city.
  • Tennis champion Roger Federer was born in Basel. 
  • Basel is a German speaking city.
  • It boasts nearly 40 museums.
  • Kunstmuseum is the world’s oldest publicly accessible art collection.
  • It’s a major centre for the development of pharmaceuticals.

Basel Mini Guide

Why go to Basel?
Historic Basel is affectionately known as the culture capital of Switzerland. With a milder climate than the Swiss average it also experiences finer weather. Basel is a little known destination, but it has so many opportunities for adventure and exploration. 

view of basel

What’s the Story?
Basel dates back to 500BC when Celts originally settled there. The area has seen city walls built, plagues, earthquakes and avoided two world wars, which is amazing considering its proximity to Germany. Basel is mainly German speaking with the Swiss Franc as currency.  Although Euros and other currencies can be used, you are advised to check before you pay. 

Where is it and How Can I Get There?
Basel is situated in the northwest corner of Switzerland, with France to the west and Germany to the north. The river Rhine divides the city. The nearest airport is EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, situated 3km northwest of Basel. Due to its economic importance, the transport network is well established, with exceptional road links connecting France and Germany.
 
What to See and Do
The world's most influential art market occurs in June and Basel carnival parade is held in February. The colourful Romanesque Münster Cathedral, zoo, museums and gates to the walled city are must-sees. You can also watch summer ice hockey, football, swim the Rhine, take educational tours, drive along the stunning river and overlook the city from Switzerland’s highest building. The city is the host this year of the International Festival of Youth Choirs which is expected to be a fabulous event with concerts held across the city.

basel cathedral

If I Hire a Car?
Switzerland's largest site of Roman ruins, Augusta Raurica is a trip to the east. Why not have breakfast in France, lunch in Germany and return to Basel for your evening meal. Most hotels will have access to parking and there are also payable public garages. 

Shopping and Souvenirs
Freie Strasse is the place to buy absolutely anything. There are quirky shops tucked away in the side streets, keep your eyes open for them and find something unique to take home. Marktplatz is a bustling market for fruit and vegetables, breads, pastries and flowers. 

When I get Hungry? 
Basel has a feast of gastronomy. Look out for Basler Leckerli (Basel cookies) a ‘delicious’ sweet treat, Mehlsuppe (brown flour soup) and Zwiebelwähe (onion tart) or Hypokras, a herbal wine for a cultural culinary taste. 
 
After Dinner
Every Monday boasts a tour of the myriad of traditional bars or you can relax to jazz at the Bird’s Eye at Kohlenberg. For late night revellers there is Excalibur and Restaurant Klingental. At the other end of the scale take a romantic walk to see the cathedral or visit an exhibition/gallery or the opera. 
 
Additional Information
Be aware of trams while sightseeing. Car drivers are generally considerate to pedestrians and will stop at crosswalks. As with all cities be cautious of pickpockets. The beer and wine legal drinking age is 16 and for straight spirits 18. 
 

Latest Update from Basel:

02/05/12 - This summer, the Kunstmuseum is hosting an exhibition of the work of Renoir from his early years. The exhibition is already being acclaimed internationally for bringing together his early work and if you like art, it's not to be missed.

04/06/13 - This summer the city's Musik Akademie is hosting a series of concerts with all kinds of music on offer. There's something on nearly every day and for more information check our www.classicpoint.ch

Car Hire Basel Customer Comments

08/02/2012 - Car seat i had pre-booked was not available on arrival, an alternitive booster seat was given.

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20/07/2011 - Rhino is every time value for money!

Driving in Basel

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  • 30-50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  • 80-100kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  • 120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  • 50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  • CHF

    Currency

  • 23

    Min Rental Age

  • YES

    Tolls

Car Hire Basel Customer Comments:


Great service, I use Rhino usually in the US and always great service.

Rachel - USA
17/03/2012 00:00 AM


Quick, cheap and easy rental.

Mrs Luca - UK
13/03/2012 00:00 AM


Very easy to collect car and was given a larger car than anticipated.

James.p - Australia
07/03/2012 00:00 AM


Website was very easy to use, an additional driver was also included in the rate which made a difference.

Mr Wills - UK
04/03/2012 00:00 AM


Was not aware I had to pay for fuel, apart from that all was as expected

Sady L - UK
22/02/2012 00:00 AM

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Basel is a major commercial centre in Switzerland but for tourists it has many wonderful experiences. During the day, visit the Kunstmuseum, the oldest art gallery open to the public here in Basel. It was founded in 1661 and has the largest collection of works by Holbein.

You might be fortunate enough to be staying at the Ramada Hotel in the Basler Messeturm, Basel and indeed Switzerland’s highest building. If so, spend the early evening in Bar Rouge at the top, looking out over Basel then head off in your hire car for a night at the award winning city opera.

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