FC Basel's Scott Chipperfield:
“Basel's a great city. There are a lot of art galleries and museums if you want to experience that but there are also plenty of places to eat and drink in. United fans should try a fondue, for sure. They're nice, both the cheese and meat versions.
“Basel isn't a big city but it's very picturesque and beautiful, and in December the Christmas markets will be on. I think the United fans will enjoy it.”
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ManUtd.com's Nick Coppack recently travelled to Basel, location for United's final Champions League group game, to see what lies in store for visiting Reds...
Basel's breathtakingly beautiful, takes less than two hours to reach from Manchester and boasts some of Europe's most vocal football fans.
Add to that clean streets, prompt public transport and the chance to ingest Swiss chocolate, fondue and local delicacies like Läckerli (biscuits) and Mehlsuppe (soup) and there's little not to like.
Except the price. Basel, like the rest of Switzerland, is painfully expensive, as United fans making the trip will soon discover. The football is reasonable – tickets are priced at £29 for away fans – but a pint in the city's pubs will set you back between CHF8 and CHF9.50 (approx £6), a Big Mac will cost £4.50 and a Sunday paper £2.60.
Fans who arrive in Switzerland a day early for the game and are keen to watch Tuesday night's Champions League action will find Mr Pickwick (Steinenvorstadt) and Paddy Reilly's (Steinentorstrasse) ideal, but