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With a population of around 170,000, Basel is Switzerland’s third largest city. Located right at the triple border between Switzerland, Germany and France, Basel links the southern end of the Upper Rhine Plain with the start of the High Rhine. Thanks to its geographic position and diverse cultural offering, Basel, home to one our Life Science sites, is one of the cities, alongside Geneva and Zurich, offering the highest quality of life in the world.



Bayer Consumer Care AG

Peter Merian-Strasse 84

PO Box

CH-4002 Basel


The Basel site at a glance:

Employees Roughly 840
Divisions & service companies

International Headquarters of the Consumer Health Division

Pharmaceuticals site for oncology, ophthalmology and hematology


Address for visitors:

Bayer Consumer Care AG
Peter-Merian Str. 84
4002 Basel
Tel.: +41 58 272 72 72
Download: Directions & Map

Frequently asked questions about the Basel site

In what areas do Bayer employees in Basel mainly work?

The Basel site, which employs some 840 people, is a large international Consumer Health and Pharma Hub. It is also the headquarters of the Consumer Health Division and some of our large Pharmaceuticals unit: Oncology, ophthalmology and hematology. The site also covers the following service areas:

  • Strategic Marketing & Communication
  • Product Supply, Procurement-Purchasing & Quality Assurance
  • Global Innovation
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Medical affairs
  • Central Administration
  • Controlling & Accounting
  • IT
  • Human Resources

More information on Bayer’s Basel site can be found here.

What language is spoken in Basel?

Basel is located in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Along with standard German, people here primarily speak Swiss German and Basel German (also known as Baseldytsch), the traditional dialect of the city of Basel and surrounding area, cultivation of which has drawn great interest from UNESCO.

What are Basel’s unmissable traditions?

As in the Rhineland, where Bayer’s headquarters are located (Leverkusen), the inhabitants of Basel also observe a fifth “season”: Basler Fastnacht, or Basel Carnival. The event has even been listed as part of UNESCO’s world cultural heritage due to its music and craftsmanship and the fact that this tradition is very much alive today. With around 200,000 visitors every year, Basel Carnival is the centerpiece of the city’s cultural creativity, showcasing the city’s wild side every year. The three-day event begins on the Monday after Ash Wednesday.

For more information on Basel Carnival, head to:

Is it true that you can swim in the Rhine in Basel?

Absolutely! There is a long tradition of swimming in the Rhine in Basel and there are even a few river pools right in the Rhine itself. Good swimmers can while away the summer hours drifting on the current: the best entry point is at the Wettsteinbrücke bridge, from which you can float downstream to the Johanniterbrücke bridge.

Official information to be observed when swimming in the Rhine in Basel can be found on the website of the Swiss Lifeguard Association (SLRG):

Information on Basel’s various swimming pools can be found on the Swiss swimming pool portal:

What are Basel’s main sights?

Basel’s most well-known sights are Basel Minster and the Middle Bridge. Basel’s old town is also one of Europe’s best preserved historic city centers, featuring more than 180 fountains in its narrow alleys and picturesque squares.

  • Basel Minster

    Basel Minster is a fixed feature of the city skyline with its red sandstone, colored roof tiles and twin slim towers. The former cathedral was built between 1019 and 1500 in Romanesque and Gothic styles but has been a protestant church since the reformation in 1529.

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  • Middle Bridge

    The Middle Bridge is the oldest Rhine crossing in Basel and forms the border between the High Rhine and the Upper Rhine. Constructed in the first half of the 13th century, it was for many centuries the only Rhine crossing in Basel. It wasn’t until 1879 that a second bridge was built, known as the Wettsteinbrücke. The historic Middle Bridge was replaced by the one you see today in the early 20th century.

What does Basel have to offer for people interested in art and culture?

Basel is Switzerland’s capital of culture, boasting a lively theatre and music scene and almost 40 museums offering art enthusiasts a wide variety to meet every expectation. The UK newspaper, The Times, lists the Kunstmuseum Basel as the fifth best art gallery in the world and includes the Fondation Beyeler among the world’s top 50.

  • Kunstmuseum Basel

    Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Klee and Joseph Beuys are just some of the world-renowned artists whose works can be admired in the Kunstmuseum. Alongside its impressively extensive permanent collection, the gallery also hosts temporary exhibitions.

    Follow the link for more information on Kunstmuseum Basel:

  • Fondation Beyeler

    The Fondation Beyeler showcases classical modern masters and contemporary art collected over more than 50 years, boasting some 250 works.

    Follow the link for more information on Fondation Beyeler:

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