Basel Self-guided activities

Our most recommended Basel Self-guided activities

Basel: Self-Guided Food Tour

1. Basel: Self-Guided Food Tour

This tour is self-guided, so you choose when you want start and how much time you want to spend on the tour. However, it's recommended to start before 11 AM so you can arrive right on time for lunch at the KLARA food court. Here you can look forward to delicious lunchtime snacks (until 2 PM). The tour voucher (handed out on the first stop) contains all the information about directions you need to find each stop as listed below: Start at Bäckerei KULT "Elsi" Here a young team has breathed new life into Basel’s oldest bakery. Everything from the jam to the vanilla cream is handmade. Stop here, find out what a “Basel Gold” is and get one to try. Then go further to Basel Unverpackt, your second stop on the tour. Anyone who is keen to take a more conscious approach to life will know this shop. The team’s priorities are zero waste, recycling, and sustainable preservation of foodstuffs. Here you can fill up on organic products. Afterwards, head over to your third stop. At KLARA you can enjoy international dishes in a laid-back atmosphere. Sample 3 delicacies from around the world with a drink of your choice.   The last stop of the day is a traditional place, Jakob's Leckerly at Spalenberg.

Basel: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

2. Basel: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the Strassburger memorial, a place with enormous symbolism! Visit the Elisabethenkirche with its beautiful architecture, and explore the Basel Museum of Fine Arts with its unique exhibits. Photograph the Basel Cathedral with its unique aesthetics and admire the Natural History Museum with the unique ancient history it carries. Then the Basel Town Hall awaits you with its unique red facade. Still Spalentor one of the 3 old entrances of Basel will continue your beautiful journey in the heart of Basel. Admire the unique Peterskirche church! The Mittlere Brücke will amaze you, while the Rhine River that runs through Basel will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

Basel Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Audio Tour

3. Basel Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Audio Tour

Get to know Basel at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock local facts.  After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Basel’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. You can start the activity at any time. Start your tour at the Strassburger memorial, a place with enormous symbolism! Visit the Elisabethenkirche with its beautiful architecture, and explore the Basel Museum of Fine Arts with its unique exhibits. Photograph the Basel Cathedral with its unique aesthetics and admire the Natural History Museum with the unique ancient history it carries. Then the Basel Town Hall awaits you with its unique red facade. Still Spalentor one of the 3 old entrances of Basel will continue your beautiful journey in the heart of Basel. Admire the unique Peterskirche church! The Mittlere Brücke will amaze you, while the Rhine River that runs through Basel will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

Swiss Travel Pass Flex:All-in-One travel pass-train,bus,boat

4. Swiss Travel Pass Flex:All-in-One travel pass-train,bus,boat

Experience Switzerland fully and travel flexibly with a Swiss Travel Pass Flex, valid on the train network, buses, and public boats all over the country. Choose between a 3, 4, 6, 8 or 15 flexible day pass. Journey on the renowned Glacier Express, Golden Pass Line, and Bernina Express to see Switzerland's epic mountains and sprawling views up close. Traveling at your leisure, visit over 500 museums across the country as part of the pass to learn more about Switzerland. Activate and deactivate your pass easily online as per your individual travel needs within its month-long validity. Enjoy unlimited and hassle-free movement throughout the country within the valid month of travel.

Basel: Old Town Scavenger Hunt Phone Game

5. Basel: Old Town Scavenger Hunt Phone Game

Get to know Basel at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the "Tinguely fountain", "Minster", "City Hall" and many more! After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “ Barfüsserplatz” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “Rockstar Graffiti”. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Basel: Self-Guided Craft Beer Tour

6. Basel: Self-Guided Craft Beer Tour

Wander into the Basel beer scene with a self-guided tour of the native craft brew scene. Go all the way back to 1974, when craft brew was pioneered in the city. Taste local hops, a few suds from outside, and finish the tour with an experimental brewpub to test your knowledge. Begin your excursion into craft brew and discover the origins of this now popular type of beer. Try the traditional brews and enjoy the ambiance of the Fishcerstube restaurant, serving craft beer for more than four decades in Basel. Take a detour into the world of international specialties and taste what other countries have created. Compare the different tastes and methods of brewing in an environment that is all about beer. End your tour at the experimental brewpub, Voltabrau. Soak in the urban feel-good atmosphere, and discover some of the most innovative brew creations. Try seven beers throughout the night and enjoy Basel like a local, by drinking beer!

Basel: Adventure Tour City Quiz in German

7. Basel: Adventure Tour City Quiz in German

The 3-hour Adventure Tour City Quiz game begins at the main rail station in Basel. Game cards will guide you through the old town as you solve tricky questions. At each stop, listen to interesting background information and stop when you like to take a break. If you particularly like a café or attraction along the route, you can stop at any time. Decide how long to spend at any of the stops. The A5-size game cards are packaged in a handy tin and easily fit in a bag. You’ll find the route accessible and suitable for prams or bicycles. There are tips on how to avoid the few steps along the route as well.

Basel: AbenteuerDate, fun game and walk for couples

8. Basel: AbenteuerDate, fun game and walk for couples

Explore the city of Basel through an unusual, but fun adventure. Take part in an interactive smartphone game with your partner that will help you get to know each other a bit better. Unlock clues to your next destination by taking on tasks and answering tricky and funny questions about each other. Begin your game in the city center and allow the app to guide you from there. You will receive funny instructions about how to move through the area and you can design your own route. Challenge yourself and your partner by acting as a team to solve even the trickiest questions and situations. Enjoy a special outdoor date and create long-lasting memories as a couple. Step away from mainstream areas and traditional tours to focus on creating your own adventure. Take advantage of the bonus tasks and riddles to keep playing even after the game is over. We recommend: Play this outdoor adventure only in a team of two persons.

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What people are saying about Basel

We received a very friendly welcome at every station. Kult has a beautiful little garden, and we had a delicious meal at Klaras. There were also treats at the other two stations. I highly recommend the tour.

Easy, funny and full of interesting information on the city. Cool way to get to know a city alone, with a team of family or colleagues. I can only recommend!

Everything is very quiet, you can use it without fear. I don't speak German or French and English is very bad, but I didn't have any problems.

Allows you to do so much plus great on time train system. Only negative is alot if people waiting for the train smoke

The travel pass made our trip so much easier. I would recommend it for anyone traveling in Switzerland for a while