Basel

Overall Score

3.7

The city of Basel is located in the northwest of western Switzerland, in the Basel-Stadt region, and is the center of the region. It is the third-largest city in Switzerland.

The first time these lands are mentioned is when, in 44 A.D. Roman soldier Lucius Mounicus Plaque establishes the tribe of the Gaulish tribe, named after the local Gaulish tribe. In 374, in connection with the visit of the Emperor Valentine I, the name Basileia is mentioned. In the fifth century AD, the Germans drove the Romans out of the area, and in the seventh century the Bishops office was transferred there. In 1226 the big event occurred – the opening of the first bridge over the Rhine (the middle bridge over the river).

In 1356, a significant portion of the city was destroyed by an earthquake and the ensuing fire. In 1392, the Bishop bought the Bishop of Little Basil and consolidated the two cities along the banks of the river. Historically, the two sides of the river cant stand each other, and there are several historical anecdotes about it. Thus, the Kings buster, installed in the Big Basin, shows the language across the river, in the direction of the Little Basin. And during the celebration at the Little Basin, special prizes were awarded to those ponies who turned their backs to the Big City.

In 1459, a university was established in Basel by order of the Pope of Rome, where the famous philosopher Frédéric Niechschö taught in the new era. In 1501, the city became a member of the Union of Quantons. From then on, the city flourished with cultural figures such as Erasmus Rotholdem and Henry Henry the Younger. For example, the city was the first in Switzerland to join the European railroads. The city has hosted a number of different international conventions, congresses, and exhibitions. Of interest are the buildings of the Rathaus, the 14th-century Gate of the Baths, the Chapel Tower, and a large number of churches and cathedrals. Apart from this, the city has retained its historic bridge over the River Rhine. And not far from the city, you can visit the site of a prehistoric village.

100 USD = 92.63 CHF

Overall Score

3.7
  • Air quality: 1 US AQI Good. Air quality is satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
  • Tap water: Yes, safe to drink
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 170,000 people
  • GDP: $79,609 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 34 Mbps
  • Best wireless: SwissCom
  • Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners
  • Tipping: Tipping is not a must in Switzerland as service is always included in the price. However if you were pleased with the service you got, tips are appreciated and in restaurants many leave 5-10 percent of the bill or at least round up a couple of francs.
  • Apartment listings: HomeGate
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best taxi: Uber
  • Best coworking space: Coworking Basel
  • Online electronics shop: Digitec
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Easyjet
  • Best intl air carrier: Swiss
  • Monthly costs for expat: $3100
  • Monthly costs for family: $7100
  • Monthly costs for local: $2000
  • Meal: $17
  • Small Cola: $1.7
  • Beer 1 Pint: $7
  • Coffee: $5.5


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