Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Removals to Switzerland: Guide to Living and Working in Basel

Removals to Switzerland: Living and Working in Basel

For removals to Switzerland, including the city of Basel, Hamiltons Removals provide high quality domestic and commercial removals and shipping to and from all parts of Europe as well as shipping to Basel from overseas destinations. If you are moving house, or relocating your business premises, we can help you with all aspects of your move. Our removals to Switzerland can include packing, unpacking, cleaning, storage and transportation / shipping to your Swiss destination. We can also assist you with the importation of vehicles, specialist items and pets.

We provide removals to Switzerland and all Swiss cities including Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Berne, Lausanne, Winterthur, Lucerne, St Gallen, Lugano and Biel/Bienne.  Whether you require removals between Switzerland and the UK, or to/from another European or international destination, Hamiltons can help. 
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We provide three types of removals to Switzerland between UK/European counties. These include:
  • A full load service, where your goods are transported direct to Switzerland by a dedicated vehicle
  • A part load service, where your belongings are grouped with other part loads and transported in a shared vehicle
  • A special service, where you specify the exact moving dates of your full load vehicle.
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We provide the following services for shipping to Switzerland from overseas destinations:
  • Shipping to Switzerland via 20ft/40ft containers
  • Groupage services, where your items are shipped as a shared consignment
  • Air freight, for small items that are urgently required, this is the fastest option.
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Whatever service you choose, for removals to Switzerland or shipping to Switzerland, you can be assured of an excellent service as Hamiltons are British Association of Removers (BAR) registered so we comply with their strict guidelines. We are also a member of The Road Haulage Association and are BS EN ISO 9001:2000 registered.

Removals to Switzerland: About Basel


Basel is a cosmopolitan city and is the second largest city in Switzerland. It is situated where the borders of France and Germany meet and has suburbs in both neighbouring countries. Its international airport, the EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, is one of the few airports in the world shared by two countries, Switzerland and France. The city is German speaking and the local dialect is called Basel German.

Removals to Switzerland: Working in Basel

If you are relocating to Basel for work, it is easy to settle here. It is a very cosmopolitan city and more than a third of the people who live here are foreigners. Communication shouldn’t be a problem as English is widely spoken, although it always helps if you can speak the language of the region you are moving to. Also as Basel has excellent transport links, the average commute time is short, leaving more time to relax.

Basel has a booming economy and is one of the world’s most successful economic regions.  It is a leading city in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries and is home to the headquarters of two of the world’s five largest pharmaceutical companies - Roche and Novartis.

Basel is also the centre of logistics in Switzerland as it has an excellent location, right at the heart of continental Europe. Many road and rail links in Europe pass through the city and heavy goods are transported down the River Rhine to Basel from the North Sea. This means a number of trading companies operate in the region.

Like many other Swiss cities, banking and finance play a predominant role in the economy. UBS AG, the world’s largest asset manager, has its headquarters here. The city also houses the headquarters of the central bankers’ bank - The Bank for International Settlements. This is controlled by a board of directors representative of 11 different countries, UK, US, Japan, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Also as a result of its the watch-making industry, the city takes a leading role worldwide in precision engineering. The annual exhibition, BaselWorld, has helped the city achieve recognition for being one of the most important commercial centres for the watch and jewellery business. 

Working conditions are good here and working hours are generally between 40 and 42.5 hours a week, with four weeks annual paid holiday. Wages are paid monthly and many companies have profit-sharing schemes with bonuses given when business is thriving.

Removals to Switzerland: Living in Basel

Basel offers good accommodation and excellent schools, so it is a great city for families to settle in. Accommodation varies from plush city apartments to pretty houses in quiet, residential neighbourhoods. If you don’t want to live in the city, there are also houses in attractive villages on the outskirts of the city.

House prices are not as high here in comparison to Zurich or Geneva. Some people even choose to live in France or Germany and commute daily for work - around 50,000 make this daily journey across the border.

If you are choosing to settle in Basel, there is plenty to do here. Basel is an important cultural centre. There are many museums here including the Museum of Fine Arts which contains world’s oldest art collection open to the public. Theatre Basel, located here was proclaimed the Opera of the Year by a leading German Opera magazine and the city also houses the largest Swiss orchestra, the Sinfonieorchester Basel.

In addition to the art collections and museums, the city also has many heritage sites of national significance including several buildings and the whole of the Old Town. For family entertainment, or for a great day out, Basel Zoo is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions and draws 1.7 million tourists a year.

A major event here is the annual carnival, held at the end of February and beginning of March. It runs over three days and is a wealth of colour, drama, music and activities. A highlight is the 4 am lantern procession, which heralds the start of proceedings.

For evening entertainment, Basel does not disappoint and the city has a good choice of caf├ęs bars and restaurants as well as a vibrant nightlife.

Moving to Switzerland: Public Transport in Basel


In addition to the airport, Basel has Switzerland’s only cargo port which receives the shipment of heavy goods along the Rhine. It is also well connected by road and rail and the main routes for the highway and rail transportation of freight pass through Basel, which is why it is such an important city for logistic operations.  The railway provides an important link to many European cities including Frankfurt, Brussels and Paris. And thanks to a new high speed network, you can now travel from Basel to Paris in under three hours.

In and around the city, Basel has a wide public transport network including a local rail network and a tram service as well as commuter bus lines. As Basel is a condensed city, bicycles are an excellent mode of transport and there are plenty of well marked cycle lines.

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