Where is Basel?
Basel is a city in the north of Switzerland bordering France and Germany. The city on the river Rhine is home to 172,000 people and the third-most populous Swiss city. The Swiss capital of Bern is an hour’s drive away.
Basel hosts Switzerland's and also Europe’s oldest university, the University of Basel, dating from 1460. Famous scholars such as Erasmus von Rotterdam, Paracelsus, Daniel Bernoulli, Leonhard Euler, Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Jaspers, Tadeus Reichstein or Jeanne Hersch taught and studied there.
Basel is the international centre of the chemical and pharmaceutical industry and headquarter of Novartis and Hoffmann-La Roche. The city is also a world-renowned convention and exhibition centre as well as an important banking centre.