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Basel is located on the banks of the Rhine River and is actually situated between France, Germany and Switzerland. This unique position makes the city an eclectic blend of these three European cultures. “Basel Beats Differently” is the motto adopted by the city to emphasize its dynamic social structure.
A successful sporting city, Basel is the birthplace of famed tennis player Roger Federer and was a contender to be a venue for the 2008 Euro Championships. Also famous for its pharmaceuticals, the city is home to chemical giants Clariant, Novartis and Ciba Specialty Chemicals, to only name a few.
Basel boasts the largest building in Switzerland, known as Basier Messeturm. Also, the Carnival of Basel is the biggest in all of Switzerland and begins the Monday after Ash Wednesday at 4:00 am and lasts for exactly 72 hours. High-end shopping adorns the two Old Town squares, but medieval charm is preserved in the steep streets and 16th century townhouses