Basel is Switzerland's third most populous city and is located near the French and German borders. Being so close to the border, the city has a multicultural flair and is bilingual. In Basel modernity and historical tradition are blended together and allow the visitors to enjoy a great variety of attractions. a medieval city center, as well as more than 40 museums, several of which are world class and have been built by acclaimed architects. Basel is also renowned for its colored and lively carnival.