The culture city of Switzerland

Home exchange
city, Basel, Switzerland
  • Apartment
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom

Nice little apartment in the city with two balconies.

Basel is the city of Art and Architecture in Switzerland. With up to 20 museums, such as the famous Kunstmuseum (oldest art museum of the world), Fondation Beyeler, Tingely, Antic Museum Ludwig, Vitra Design, Paper Mill Museum on and on and on. The famous Basel Zoo is in the heart of the city and on the city border the Roman city of Augusta Raurica. Basel city touches Germany and France by walk, tram, bus and train. It is a one hour ride to Strasbourg (F), Freiburg (D), Zürich (CH) or Bern (CH).

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Interested in

  • Non-simultaneous exchange
  • Second-home exchange
  • Home exchange

Preferred destinations

  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Ireland
  • London
  • Open to offers
Preferred duration 1-2 weeks
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Location: Nearest gay scene is 1 minutes walk
City, Quiet
Features/amenities: Elevator / Lift, Garage, Parking, Terrace, Hairdryer(s) available
Entertainment: Radio, Satellite or Cable, TV, Plasma / LCD TV
Activities available nearby: Convenient Transport, Cultural Attractions, Fitness Centre / Gym, Forest / Wood, Food and Wine, Friendly Neighbours, Historical Sites, Hiking, Mountains, Nightlife, Park(s), Swimming, Tourist Attractions, Shops / Markets, Theatre(s), Museums
Miscellaneous: Smoke-Free Zone

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Reviews from other users

Everything was perfect in our stay at Pierre & Marcel’s apartment in Basel. Communication and making arrangements was easy and we always received a nice & prompt response to any questions.

The apartment is wonderfully located. It’s a 2 minute walk to the tram station where trams run every 7 minutes to the old town and both train stations. In Switzerland it’s not only the inter-city trains that run everywhere and on time--the local trams too! From Basel (the “City of Trams”) you can takea local tram to Germany in 15 minutes to the excellent Vitra Museum, or a tram to France for a French meal. There is also a great local shopping/cafe area a 5 minute walk away, or you can walk across the bridge over the river to the old town in less than 15 minutes.

The apartment itself is well equipped. Our favorite part was the 2 decks. Since they are on the top (5th floor, with elevator), the decks are very open. In the mornings, we had our breakfast on the deck next to the kitchen, facing east with the morning sun (and views to the Roche HQ, tallest bldg in Basel). The deck off the bedroom gets the evening sun and have very comfortable outside sofas.

Busi the cat is the lowest-maintenance--and one of the sweetest--cats I’ve ever encountered. He spends most of his time outside (pet door) and does most of his business there in the outdoor litter box. And it was fun having his company in the evening; he only comes to you if you ask. You can be away for 2 nights with no problem, just leave out enough dry food out. And I believe there is a “cat boy” nearby, if you arrange with the boys in advance for a longer absence.

The most surprising thing for us was how easy it was to explore all of Switzerland from the flat in Basel, Since it’s so accessible to the train station, and it’s only about a 55 minute ride to Zurich, Bern or Luzern The Alps are easily accessible, and the boys have excellent info sheets with detailed directions for suggested trips there. We also did an overnight trip to Ticino, the Italian section of Switzerland which I cannot recommend highly enough (just imagine the food & sunny weather of Italy, with everything run with Swiss efficiency :) We highly recommend the Swiss Travel Pass. Not only is it good on trains, it’s valid for transportation on the local trams & buses in each city we visited: no need to figure out local fares & tickets. It also includes admission to almost all museum in Switzerland. All of this combined made Switzerland by far the easiest country logistically I’ve ever visited with absolutely no need for a car. It was not necessary to plan or buy tickets in advance--we could simply get up each morning and decide what city (or country!) to visit that day.

Basel really is “the cultural capital of Switzerland”. We spent 3 days going through some of the museums there and could easily have spent more than a week doing so. Many of the museums had excellent temporary exhibitions. And don’t miss the Kasern with an eclectic mix of outdoor beer garden, 2 theaters, restaurant and exhibition space.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Basel. We highly recommend an exchange with Pierre & Marcel (who were staying at their Paris flat). Our experience with Pierre & Marcel and staying in their Basel flat reminds me of all the wonderful opportunities of belonging to the HATW community.

We look forward to seeing them soon on either on their next visit to the USA or our next visit to France and Switzerland. Feel free to contact me on the link to our HATW page if you have any questions or would like to hear about our experience in Basel and utilizing the Swiss Travel Pass.

Michael stayed in Sep 2018

I stayed for a week at Pierre's and Marcel's apartment in Basel and I couldn't have had a better experience. Pierre and Marcel are really friendly, polite and easy going guys. Communication was easy and smooth from the very beginning, first by email and then on whatsapp and finally in person. They made sure I had a wonderful stay, leaving lots of information for me about attractions and possible day trips. There is a very friendly cat in the apartment, which was nice for me as I was traveling alone and I was able to enjoy its company every night after a busy day of sightseeing, but if you are not so much into animals this shouldn't be a problem anyway, as the cat seems to be used to being around people and respects your space.
The apartment is ideally located in a very quiet and pleasant area, away from traffic but still extremely convenient for sightseeing and for getting to the train station. There is a tram stop 2 mins away but you can walk everywhere. I actually loved walking by the river and crossing over the bridge everyday to go to the old town and visit the centre, and also to go to the station. And this is in my opinion the best thing about staying at Pierre and Marcel's house: you can use it as a base camp from which you can explore the whole of Switzerland. Just buy a Swiss Pass and jump on any train and any means of transport anywhere in the country. It is even valid for cruise ships and cable cars that take you up the Alps. You can visit beautiful cities like Zurich, Bern and Lucerne (from here you can go on a cruise by the lake and visit the breathtaking Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus), all within an hour or less by train, as well as being able to get to some other amazing places like the Interlanken area (the so called Bernese Overland is a piece of heaven on earth, not to be missed and still less than 3 hours away!).
I highly recommend Pierre's and Marcel's apartment in Basel and I hope I'll be able to return very soon, as Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries I've visited.
I also visited their Paris property and it was another wonderful experience, so I highly recommend that one too.

Franc Sandoval stayed in Apr 2017

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