Muensterplatz in Basel, Switzerland
Muensterplatz in Basel, Switzerland
Muensterplatz in Basel, Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jan 15, 2004

Summary: Basel, Switzerland has approximately 170,000 residents and is situated on the Rhine River. Basel is known for its museums, The University of Basel (the oldest in Switzerland), its beautiful Old Town and yearly Fastnacht or Carnival. Expats confess that life in Basel if very expensive and takes some adjustment. In this article, they offer advice to help ease your transition. Apartment Hunting Tip: ask if a building has rules that prohibit flushing toilets and showering during certain times of day. These types of rules exist and you should be aware of them before you sign a lease!

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What do I need to know about living in Basel?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Basel, they said:

"Watch out for the landlords. Protect yourself as the business people appear, but are not, honest. They have little ethics. The city is central to everything and getting around is easy. If you like culture, this city has a lot to offer. The food is terrible. It is very expensive to live there. There are no provisions for working women. Men are very chauvinistic. I made a number of friends and do like the Swiss, but watch out for the ethical guidelines as they are not like ours," said another expat in Basel.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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