17 Fantastic Things To Do In Basel, Switzerland

1. Walking Tour Of Old Town

Like many places in Europe, the Old Town is always the main tourist attraction of a city, and when in Basel that rings true. 

2. Walk The Altstadt

To really enjoy what Basel has to offer, you must explore the old town on foot. 

3. Take A Weidling Tour

One of the most unique things to do in Basel is to get on the Rhine River and do some traditional paddling. 

4. Float Down The Rhine

In the summer, you’ll be surprised to see how many locals enjoy the Rhine river to relax and have fun. 

5. Take An Urban Art Tour

Basel may have a rich history, but it has embraced contemporary art with vigor.  

6. Relax By The Tinguely Fountain

Jean Tinguely is one of the most celebrated artists from Basel. He was part of the Avant Guard movement in Paris.

7. Visit The Kunstmuseum Basel

The museum of fine arts houses permanent collections showcasing paintings from the 14th to the 20th century.

8. Cycle The The Rehberger-Weg

Speaking of crossing into Germany or France, one of the best ways to do that is to cycle the Rehberger-Weg. 

9. Foundation Beyeler

Even if you don’t cycle the Rehberger-Weg you should still visit Foundation Beyeler.  

10. Vitra Design Museum

Cycling to the Vitra Design Museum was one of the coolest things we did in Basel.  

11. Cloisters Of Basel Minster

Basel Minster is the largest cathedral in Basel and it is not to be missed. 

12. Neighborhood Of St. Alban

Known as the Venice of Basel, this lovely neighborhood was once home to the aristocrats of Basel.  

13. Explore The Old City Gates Of Basel

Basel’s Old Town is an incredible place to explore and while you are perusing the old houses keep an eye out for the old city walls and gates.  

14. Botmingen Castle

Dating back to the 13th century, it has been completely restored and its picturesque setting is the perfect romantic escape from the city. 

15. Drink The Spring Water

Basel has around 231 fountains with many illustrating figures such as the basilisk. 

16. Cross Into Germany Or France

You can take a tram to Saint-Louise in Alsace for a wine tour and enjoy a relaxing afternoon walking through the Petite Camargue Alsacienne park.  

17. The Christmas Market

If you’re visiting Basel during November/ December you should take a walk around the magnificent Christmas Markets.

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