Travel to Basel, Switzerland

An artist’s playground

With an abundance of museums and cultural attractions, Basel is a worthy stop over, especially for the fanatic art-lover. Even just wandering through the Old Town, will you be in awe of the artwork displayed on the stately buildings and walls. In the center Marktplatz square, stands the redstone, rustic-coloured Rathaus (Town Hall) with its frescoed courtyard. Also standing tall in its red colour is Münster, a 12th century building with Gothic sires and a Romanesque St. Gallus doorway. See the quirky side of Basel’s personality, at the Museum of Jean Tingeuly. Basel’s most beloved artist, Tinquely literally brought art to life with his moving sculptures, such as the Fasnachsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) that stands in the middle of the city. Watch the whacky machine spew water in all directions – a magical sight on a frozen winters morning or balmy summers night.

Suggested stay:
2 nights

Recommended things to do in Basel, Switzerland


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Stories of Basel’s Old Town
Take a walking tour of Basel with an expert guide. Discover Basel’s old town, which features picturesque corners, prominent historic landmarks and also contemporary attractions such as modern buildings designed by well-known architects. Take part in a fascinating two-hour journey through history and really get a feel for the city at the bend in the Rhine.
 
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Basel Zoo
Basel Zoo is a popular excursion destination and well worth a visit at any time of year. In the summer months the park is an ideal place to stroll in the open air, in the winter months the various animal houses guarantee up close and personal encounters with a wide variety of animals.
 
 
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Art Basel, museum in Basel, Switzerland
Art Basel in Europe
From June 16-19, The Art Basel bring International Art work together with more than 280 of the world’s leading galleries. Around 4000 artist from Modern masters to emerging stars will be showcasing their work. Each day, there will be scheduled talk in which you are welcome to talk part in.
 
 
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Recommended hotels in Basel, Switzerland


We have carefully selected the following list of hotels, based on ratings, customer reviews, location and price. Choose from three classes:
1. Economy – good quality at a reasonably low price. 2. Comfort – a little extra luxury for a good price. 3. Premium – the finest features for a luxurious stay.

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Gast – und Kulturhaus Der Teufelhof Basel
In the Old Town, with all sights and museums within walking distance or easy to reach by public transportation, the Teufelhof Basel offers stylish accommodations and fine art and cuisine. The Gast- und Kulturhaus Der Teufelhof Basel houses the Art Hotel, the Gallery hotel, the Restaurant Atelier, a cafe and a bar, a theater, and the Falstaff wine shop.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from hotel to Bahnhof Basel SBB: Make your way to bus stop Universität and take bus 30 ‘Basel, Bahnhof SBB’. In approximately 2 minutes get off at the first stop and get off at Bahnhof Basel. The station is right ahead of you.

Hotel Stücki
Hotel Stucki is a 3-star hote located in Basel City center. The hotel offers ideal facilites for both business and leisure trips and for families. The hotel is in an ideal location, surrounded by the old town of Grossbasel and within minutes to Stucki shopping center. Within your room confirmation you will recieve the free mobility ticket allowing you free use of public transport in the city of Basel and the surrounding. the ticket will be valid for your entire stay to provide ease for your stay at the hotel. The hotel offers large rooms and suites that are bright and equipped with all modern conveniences. The hotel also offers 5 apartments with kitchenettes and dishes, ideal for longer stays in Basel.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from hotel to Bahnhof Basel SBB: Walk 500 m to tram stop Kleinhüningen and take tram 8 ‘Basel, Neuweilerstrasse’. In approximately 20 minutes get off at the 14th stop at the Bahnhof Basel.

Hotel Wettstein
The hotel Wettstein is situated in the heart of Basel in the middle of a residential area close to the Rhine. The hotel comes with an informal atmosphere and idyllic garden, making it perfect for your pleasant stay in Basel. The heavenly garden invites you to relax on a warm summer day with a beverage. The historic old town with its shopping facilities and numerous museum is a short walk away. As part of your stay at the hotel you will receive a mobility ticket, that you can use to get around the whole city on every means of public transport for free. The hotel and its room are stylish and contemporary with all the facilities and amenities needed for your stay.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from hotel to Bahnhof Basel SBB: Walk 80 m to tram stop Wettsteinplatz ad take tram 2 ‘Binningen, Kronenplatz’. At the 6th stop get off at Bahnhof Basel.

 

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GAIA Hotel
GAIA hotel is a family runned hotel with an atmosphere that is created with a careful balance of art and tradition. The hotel can be found across the railway station and is only a few minutes walk from the historic city center and the city’s attractions. The room are elegantly furnished in classic shapes and quality materials. The rooms arrangement makes the room bright and spacious, with cheerful and earthy colors of yellow and red brown, makes a comfortable room warm and homely.GAIA hotel is a family run hotel with an atmosphere that is created with a careful balance of art and tradition. The hotel can be found across the railway station and is only a few minutes walk from the historic city center and the city’s attractions. The room are elegantly furnished in classic shapes and quality materials. The rooms arrangement makes the room bright and spacious, with cheerful and earthy colors of yellow and red brown, makes a comfortable room warm and homely.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from hotel to Bahnhof Basel SBB: The hotel is located directly opposite the train station. It will take you a 5 a minute walk to the station.

Hotel Spalentor
Situated direclty from the historical Splanetor, the hotel awaits you with typical Swiss flair and 4-star comfort. Its warm hospitality and personalized service make the hotel a home for travelers. The hotel is located across from the botanical garden, it is steps away from the University of Basel and the city’s theaters, museums, shops and restaurants. The hotel is in a convenient location, inviting you to explore the charming city of Basel. Modern meets comfort in all the rooms as the hotel looks to provide a home away from home to all guests.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from hotel to Bahnhof Basel SBB: Walk 54 m to bus stop Spalentor and take bus 30 ‘Basel, Bahnhof SBB’. In approximately 5 minutes, at the 3rd stop, get off at Bahnhof Basel.

Pullman Basel Europe
The Pullman Basel is the first Pullman hotel in Switzerland. It is located just outside of the city center but with the free access to public transportation in Basel it provides guests with an easy access in and out. The room were completely renovated in 2014 now offering rooms that are stylish and bright and with all the amenities needed to provide comfort for your stay. Connectivity is a focus of the hotel. For both business and leisure guests, the hotel guarantees you complete connectivity to the world around you.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from hotel to Bahnhof Basel SBB: Walk 55 m to tram stop Messeplatz and take either tram 1 or 2 towards Bahnhof Basel. Get off at the first stop at Bahnhof Basel SBB.

 

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Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois
The Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois lies at the very heart of the Basel city center. The hotel is located in a unique spot as it is where, in the middle ages, the ships stopped at the salt tower in order to transport sought after product down the Rhine and out into the world. The hotel guarantees you a pampering stay to make your stay in the small, charming cosmopolitan city unforgettable. The hotel’s 101 rooms combines history with the latest comfort in art deco style with a mix of elegance.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from hotel to Bahnhof Basel SBB: Walk 150 m to tram stop Schifflände and take tram 16 ‘Basel, Bruderholz’. At the 7th stop get off at Basel Bhfeingang Gundeldingen. The station is directly ahead of you.

 

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More info about Basel, Switzerland

sneltrein_152At the train station

Basel Bahnhof Train Station is credited as being the world’s first international train station. Basel city is located at the intersection of France, Germany and Switzerland, making is easily accessible by train from many countries. For more information you can visit their website.

Services: Tourist Information Point, Facilities for disabled persons, Lost and found, Bank & Currency exchange, Toilets, Luggage storage, Bicycle rental, Wi-Fi Internet and Phone cabins.

Outside the Train station, you can find a number of local transports into and around the city.
Local trains & subway: Suburban train line S1 runs from Basel SBB.
Buses: Buses operate outside Basel SBB.
Taxis: Taxi outside station.
Airport: Basel SBB has connection with Euro Airport by bus 50.

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Discover Basel

By foot: Basel city is compact and easy to explore on foot. You can check out the Basel Tourism website for inspiration on walking routes and suggestions for sights to visit around the city.

By Bicycle: Basel is one of the most bicycle friendly cities in Europe. This is a city with bicycle trails and are also linked to major cycling routes that cross into other parts of Switzerland and Europe. Basel has several places where bikes can be hired. For the convenience of traveling by train, you can rent a bike directly at the train station with SBB and return it before you train out of Basel. For more information you can visit their website here.

By Bus & Tram: Basel’s green and yellow trams have become an inseparable part of the cityscape. The tram along with the bus network, ensures that the city’s locals and visitors can move themselves quickly and comfortably around the city. For more information about the timetables and bus & tram lines you can visit their website here.

Best time to go
June-September

Language spoken
Swiss-German, French

Basel weather forecast
Check the weather forecast here.

To make the most of your stay in Basel, and you are looking to explore the cities attractoins, make sure to purchase a BaselCard. Whether you are planning a trip to Basel Zoo, an excursion to the Roman city of Augusta Raurica or a tour around the Old Town the Basel card will be your savour. With this card you can take advantage of the numerous attractive offers including: Free city tour, Free city Treasure hunt light, Free entry to the Basel Zoo, Free ferry trip, 50% reduced entry to many musuems and many more. For more information you can visit their website.

What a great way to cool down in the summer. During this season, local and visitors can swim in the Rhine. During this time, the people of Basel all have their own waterproof bags where they can put all their belongings in, allowing them to be carried along by the waves whilst admiring the city.