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BaselSwitzerland

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

Basel showing modern architecture

Basel City Centre

4/5Very Good!(87 area reviews)

Museums, art galleries and historical sites highlight some notable features of Basel City Centre. Make a stop by Congress Center Basel or Basler Muenster while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Marktplatz Tram Stop or University Tram Stop to get around town.

Basel City Centre
Basel Art Museum featuring night scenes and street scenes

Vorstädte

If you're spending time in Vorstädte, you might enjoy attractions like Jewish Museum and Caricature and Cartoon Museum. You might also enjoy the neighbourhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at University Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Vorstädte
Clara, Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland

Clara

Restaurants and river views are notable features of Clara. You might consider stopping by Congress Center Basel while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Clara
St. Johann, Basel, Grand Est, Switzerland

St. Johann

3.5/5Good!(4 area reviews)

Bars and casinos are notable features of St. Johann. You might consider stopping by Novartis Headquarters while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

St. Johann
Sankt Jakob, Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland

Sankt Jakob

If you're spending some time in Sankt Jakob, St. Jakob-Park and St. Jakob-Park Shopping Centre are top sights worth seeing.

Sankt Jakob
Breite, Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland

Breite

Breite might not have many top sights, but St. Jakobshalle and Basel Zoo are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Breite

Top hotels in Basel

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Dorint An der Messe Basel
Dorint An der Messe Basel
4 out of 5
Schoenaustrasse 10, Basel, BS
The price is £87 per night

Located in Basel City Centre, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Musical Theater Basel and within 3 miles (5 km) of Basel Zoo and St. Jakobshalle. St. Matthew ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,072 reviews)
Would use again next time in Basel

"Just a 10 minute walk to the Rhine with the city centre on the other side of the river, bus & tram stops just outside the hotel & easy free access from the airport with the hotel reservation and they provide a Basel card on check in, some small bars and food outlets nearby but the main activity is ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

Dorint An der Messe Basel
Hyperion Hotel Basel
Hyperion Hotel Basel
4 out of 5
Messeplatz 12, Basel, BS
The price is £112 per night

Located in Basel City Centre, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Messeturm Basel and within 3 miles (5 km) of Basel Zoo and St. Jakobshalle. Rosentalanlage and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (869 reviews)

"Location excellent, breakfast fantastic, staff lovely"…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Hyperion Hotel Basel
Steigenberger Hotel Stadt Lörrach
Steigenberger Hotel Stadt Lörrach
4.5 out of 5
Belchenstr. 19A, Loerrach

Located in the heart of Loerrach, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Burghof Loerrach and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Beyeler Foundation. Vitra Design Museum ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (206 reviews)
Corporate hotel.

"New, clean and well appointed."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2020

Steigenberger Hotel Stadt Lörrach

Popular places to visit in Basel

Basel Zoo
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Basel Zoo

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Spend hours walking around one of the country’s most impressive zoos .Marvel at the thousands of animals roaming around their large enclosures.

Old Town
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Old Town

4.5/5(67 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Basel when you stop by Old Town. Experience the museums and art scene in this walkable area.

Vitra Design Museum
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Vitra Design Museum

5/5(4 reviews)

You can study the exhibits at Vitra Design Museum, a museum with a storied past, during your travels to Weil am Rhein. Experience the museums and art scene in this walkable area.

Marktplatz
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Marktplatz

4.5/5(32 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Altstadt Grossbasel with a trip to Marktplatz. Experience the area's museums and art scene.

Basler Muenster
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Basler Muenster

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Admire its exquisite architecture, peer from the towers over the city or just soak up the atmosphere of Basel’s most important house of worship.

Vitra Design Museum
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Vitra Design Museum

4/5(2 reviews)

Be inspired by the furniture styles of the past and future at this architecturally stunning museum with iconic pieces that not only lovers of design will recognize.

Top things to do in Basel

Jungfraujoch - small group tour from Basel
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Jungfraujoch - small group tour from Basel

£358
Per adult
Glacier Express 1-day-tour with private tourguide from Basel
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Glacier Express 1-day-tour with private tourguide from Basel

£395
Per adult
Mount Rigi round tour & lake boat cruise from Basel
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Mount Rigi round tour & lake boat cruise from Basel

100% of travellers recommend
£341
Per adult
Lucerne city tour & lake boat cruise - starts in Basel
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Lucerne city tour & lake boat cruise - starts in Basel

£321
Per adult
Mount Pilatus golden round trip & boat cruise from Basel
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Mount Pilatus golden round trip & boat cruise from Basel

£426
Per adult
Basel city tour - 4 hours - with private tour guide
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Basel city tour - 4 hours - with private tour guide

£185
Per adult

Reviews of Basel

4.4

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Feb 2020

Lovely place. Expensive of course but cheaper than Zurich. Indoor market was great day or evening. Lots of food stalls. Great old part and lots of shops.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

15 Feb 2020

Very expensive for us but perhaps on a larger budget you could explore more and enjoy more food choices

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

29 Dec 2019

A nice friendly city with good links however, expensive

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Dec 2019

Basel is a great small city, very walkable, with nice architecture and chocolate shops to die for! Drink some Swiss wine, it's actually very good, and be sure to stop at Läderach for some choccies to take home, nom nom.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Dec 2019

Visited for the Christmas markets would definitely go back! The city itself was so magical at Christmas with other amazing markets easily accessible by train.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Nov 2019

I love Basel.

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