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Basel
Travel Guide

Basel featuring a river or creek and a city

Strolling through the old town, visiting world-famous museums and taking a boat tour on the Rhine — all that and more awaits visitors on a mini-break in Basel.

Located in the border triangle of Switzerland, Germany and France, Basel is the capital of the Swiss canton Basel City. The old university town looks back at more than 2,000 years of history. Erected between the 12th and 15th centuries, the Muenster in Basel is the main landmark of the city Climb the Muenster hill with its medieval timbered houses and enjoy wonderful views of the Rhine and its bridges connecting the district of Großbasel on the left side of the river with the district Kleinbasel on the right.

While on your city trip to Basel, take a stroll through the city and enjoy the lively alleys of the old town with its boutiques and galleries. The meticulously restored timbered buildings, the Baroque city palace and the fountains and sculptures across the city will enchant visitors. The old city wall of Basel was removed towards the end of the 19th century to make room for the growth of the city. However, ‘Spalentor’ gate remains which once protected the suburb of Spalen.

Visitors can walk across one of the Rhine bridges or take a ferry across to visit the Kleinbasel side. This side of the river offers breath-taking views of the Rhine and the old town of Großbasel with the towers of the Muenster.

Check out the Bar Rouge on the 31st floor of the Trade Fair Tower to enjoy a magnificent 360° view of the city and the surrounding landscape. The tower, opened in 2003, is located in the Rosental district in Kleinbasel and has become the new landmark of Basel with its impressive height of 105 metres. The tower was designed in a futuristic architectural style and presents an interesting contrast to the historical buildings of the old town.

Every June, the renowned international Art Basel is visited by numerous tourists from across the globe. For this art show, all the major players of the art world convene in Basel. But Basel is worth a visit for art enthusiasts at other times of the year as well. The city is home to more than 40 museums. Take a short trip to Basel to visit the famous Art Museum with the Holbein collection, the Tinguely Museum with the machine sculptures by Kean Tinguely or the private collection of classical modernist paintings in the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen.

A boat trip on the River Rhine is the perfect excursion during a city trip to Basel.

Where to stay in Basel

Hotel D Basel
Hotel D Basel
4 out of 5
Blumenrain 19, Basel, BS
The price is £103 per night from 23 Jun to 23 Jun
Located in Basel City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pharmacy Museum Basel and Congress Center Basel. Basel Zoo and St. Jakobshalle are also ...
4.4/5Excellent! (492 reviews)
"Really liked the bright corner room and good spacious bathroom with window."

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2020

Hotel D Basel
Hyperion Hotel Basel
Hyperion Hotel Basel
4 out of 5
Messeplatz 12, Basel, BS
The price is £119 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in Basel City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Messeturm Basel and Congress Center Basel. Basel Zoo and St. Jakobshalle are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (942 reviews)
Excellent hotel with amazing location and service
"I always stay at Hyperion, it has everything , very good location and amazing service from the reception to the breakfast personnel. The receptionists are always very welcoming and helpful for everything you need. I am looking forward to my next trip to Basel and Hyperion"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2020

Hyperion Hotel Basel
Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel
Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel
4 out of 5
Steinentorstrasse 25, Basel, BS
The price is £136 per night from 2 Jul to 2 Jul
Located in Basel City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Basel Historical Museum and Basel Zoo. Congress Center Basel and St. Jakobshalle are also ...
3.9/5Good! (66 reviews)
Spacious room
"The staff was friendly and helpful. The room (junior suite) was large and clean. We had a nice stay with breakfast each morning."

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
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SKYLINE
4 out of 5
190 Klybeckstrasse, Basel, BS
The price is £116 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Situated in Basel, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Matthew Parish and Congress Center Basel. Basel Zoo and St. Jakobshalle are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (13 reviews)
"Es gab keine Tücher um den Boden zu wischen, mehrere Schlüssel pro Zimmer wäre nicht schlecht."

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2020

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Apartments Spalenring10
Apartments Spalenring10
3 out of 5
Spalenring 10, Basel, BS
Located in the heart of Basel, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Spalentor and Basel Zoo. Congress Center Basel and St. Jakobshalle are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (19 reviews)
"This is a great place for an independent traveller to stay. Close to the city centre, its situation is perfect. The apartment is basic but is nicely styled. Consciously minimal it has lovely touches like original art work on the wall. The hosts are great, helpful and charming. Its great value."

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019

Apartments Spalenring10
Residence Apartments by Hotel du Commerce
Residence Apartments by Hotel du Commerce
3 out of 5
Riehenring 79, Basel, BS
The price is £147 per night from 25 Jun to 25 Jun
Located in Basel City Centre, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Messeturm Basel and Congress Center Basel. Basel Zoo and St. Jakobshalle are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (84 reviews)
very chic
"the apartament is located 700 m near the center of Basel, if you want a clean accommodation, you should definitely try this property!"

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020

Residence Apartments by Hotel du Commerce
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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