Basel is rightly famous as the cultural capital of Switzerland. But what makes it such a hotspot in the first place is the strategic location in the Dreiländerecke. That translates into something like "three countries corner" and refers to the fact that this is where the Swiss, French and German borders meet. You could say that you normally use airports to cross borders, but in this case it is literally true. When you are inside Basel Mulhouse Europort Airport (BSL), you can simply walk across the departure terminal on Level 3, and you will actually cross over the border from France in to Switzerland. Basel is widely used as a gateway to visit major tourist destinations in all three countries, including Zurich and Lucerne in Switzerland, the Black Forest in Germany and the Alsace region in France. Whatever your itinerary, you will almost surely have to get a car for hire in Basel Airport.
Basel is often described as the capital of culture, and as such one would expect a boat load of museums, historic landmarks and art galleries. You must either be in a tour bus or get a car for hire in Basel if you want to see all these attractions spread over the entire city. You will find plenty to see and do, including the quaint Old Town area, the ancient Cathedral and the Pfalz behind which offers a great view. Do not miss the Marktplatz and City Hall, the Middle Bridge over the Rhine, and the Spalen Gate or Spalentor. Kunstmuseum Basel has the world's oldest art collection. You might also want to visit the Basel Zoo or take an architectural trail tour.
Zurich is an hour away on the A3, with Lucerne another 25 odd minutes further ahead. But you could just as easily cross over into France and Germany for a city break. If you follow the Rhine for about 45 minutes on the A5, you can take a relaxing break in Bad Krozingen and then continue on another 20 minutes or so to Freiburg. Do the same on the French side of the Rhine and you reach Mulhouse in less than 40 minutes on the A35.
The very unique "Europort" is actually located in France and is called the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. As described above, the airport serves these three gateway cities that together allow for the huge flow of European and international travelers across all three borders. Note that you can cross the border at the airport even if you do not have a plane ticket, so long as you have a valid passport or identity card. They speak all three languages at the airport and you can leave your car parked if you are flying out and back in very quickly.
Passengers who want to hire a car in Basel Airport can choose from among five agencies, of which three are located on the French side in Saint Louis and two in Basel on the Swiss side of the airport. To decide which one is offering the best deal, you must do an online comparison. Select the deal you like and book your vehicle right now.
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