Top 8 reasons to make Basel your new home

Top 8 reasons to make Basel your new home

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Nestled amidst a tapestry of rich cultural heritage, a thriving economy, and an exceptional quality of life, Basel has swiftly captured the attention of expats seeking a new and fulfilling place to live. In this article, Crown Relocations presents the eight reasons why the city should be at the top of your relocation list.

From its internationally acclaimed museums to its warm and inclusive community, Basel is one of Switzerland's gems. Not only is the metropolis on the Rhine a top destination for a short break, but Switzerland's third city also has a vibrant job market that makes it easy for expats to find a new home and start their transition from international to Bebbi - a cute term for a resident of Basel.

Still not sold? Here are the eight reasons why a move to Basel could be for you!

1. Basel: one of the cultural capitals of Switzerland

Basel is a cultural haven, boasting a remarkable collection of museums, galleries, and theatres. Perhaps most famous is the Kunstmuseum Basel, one of the oldest and most important art museums in the world, which showcases an impressive array of artworks from various periods.

The art aware among us can also have a great time at The Foundation Beyeler. Located just outside the city, this gallery is renowned for its modern art exhibitions and is set in a stunning park. For evening entertainment, Theatre Basel hosts a wide range of performances, including plays, operas, and ballets catering to all artistic tastes.

2. Exciting job market 

Fuelling Basel's prosperity is its robust economy, anchored by huge pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Renowned global players like Novartis and Roche call this city home, which in turn paves the way for exciting career prospects in cutting-edge research, development, and production. 

Moreover, Basel's financial sector - a base for esteemed institutions such as UBS and CIC - opens doors to diverse roles in banking, asset management and insurance. Its strong economy and emphasis on innovation also make Basel an attractive destination for ambitious professionals who have a business idea of their own.

3. Basel offers world-beating quality of life

Basel consistently ranks as having one of the highest qualities of life in the world. Central to this is the city's efficient public transportation system, including trams and buses which make Basel easy to navigate and explore. 

Basel's extensive network of parks and green spaces, such as the Rhine Promenade and Kannenfeldpark, provide ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and relaxation. The healthcare system in Basel is also renowned for its high standards, ensuring residents have access to excellent medical care.

4. A hub for heritage and history

You can find rich heritage, architecture and history around every corner in Basel, especially in the well-preserved Old Town. Explore the narrow streets of Grossbasel and Kleinbasel, which are adorned with medieval buildings, colourful facades and ornate fountains.

The centrepiece of the city has to be the Basel Minster (or Münster), a Gothic cathedral dating back to the 12th century which offers breathtaking views of the city from its towers. Basel's historical sites, including the Spalentor Gate and the Basel Historical Museum, allow residents to immerse themselves in the city's fascinating past.

5. Top cuisine where three nations meet

The culinary scene in Switzerland is a delight for food enthusiasts around the world, and Basel is no exception. The city's vibrant markets, such as Marktplatz and Petersplatz, offer a wide variety of fresh produce, regional specialities and Swiss delicacies.

Don't miss the opportunity to try traditional Basel dishes like "Basler Läckerli" (spiced honey cake) and "Zwiebelkuchen" (onion tart). Basel is also known for its lively food festivals, including the autumn fair and the Slow Food Market, where you can savour local and sustainable cuisine.

6. Festivals in Basel

While not usually known for its frivolity, Basel really does come alive during one renowned festival: The Basel Carnival (or Baseler Fasnacht). One of the largest and oldest carnival events in Europe usually takes place at the end of February in Basel and features colourful parades, elaborate costumes, and lively music.

During the hot summer months, the city has many top music, art and comedy festivals on offer. Whatever your tastes, Basel has an event for you! 

7. The people of Basel

Baslers or Bebbis are known for their warmth and friendliness, and the city's multicultural atmosphere and international community create a welcoming environment for expats. Basel offers numerous opportunities to connect with others, including expat networks, social clubs, and community events. 

8. Excellent transport connections to the rest of Switzerland

Situated at the intersection of Switzerland, Germany, and France, Basel's location offers unparalleled opportunities for exploration and travel. Within a short distance, residents can explore the scenic beauty of the Swiss Alps, visit charming towns in the Black Forest region of Germany, or experience the vibrant cities of Strasbourg and Colmar in France.

Basel's central location also provides excellent transportation connections via the local international airport and high-speed train links to major European cities. For example, thanks to SNCF, Basel is only a three-hour train ride away from the lights of Paris!

Make Basel your home today

Basel's rich cultural heritage, thriving economy, exceptional quality of life, and welcoming community make it an ideal destination for those seeking a fulfilling and rewarding lifestyle. Whether you're drawn to its cultural offerings, professional opportunities, or the beauty of its surroundings, the jewel of the Rhine is for you!

Basel has something to offer everyone. If you want to find out how you can make your dream move to Basel a reality, Crown Relocations are the people to call.

Daniela  Stoyanova


Daniela Stoyanova

Daniela Stoyanova is a Moving Consultant for Crown Relocations.

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