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  • Walking Tour through Basel Old Town

    1. Walking Tour through Basel Old Town

    Basel is situated in the heart of Europe, on both sides of the Rhine River. The city is the center of the idyllic border triangle of France, Germany, and Switzerland, nestled between the Swiss Jura, Germany's Black Forest and the Vosges in Alsace. Describing Basel in one word is not easy. Sometimes known as the cultural capital of Switzerland or as a university city, Basel boasts a wealth of cultural, historical, leisure, and enjoyment experiences. This traditional tour is ideal for first-time visitors to Basel as well as visitors who already know the city but want to learn more. During the 2-hour walk you will follow the traces of a very eventful past, from the tranquil Tinguely Fountain to Cathedral Hill, the town hall, and through the winding streets of the well-preserved old town. In addition to the public city tour, many other interesting, exciting, and thematic tours are offered.

    Our guide, Josieanne (sp?) did a fantastic job. It was a bilingual tour and she switched between German and English flawlessly. She was informative, knowledgeable and fun. I highly recommend her as a tour guide.

  • Basel: Self-Guided Food Tour

    2. 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 y...

    First four places were great staff helpful friendly welcoming. But skip the last place it was awful when we said we were with the food tour she rolled her eyes and then served everyone else in line until we were the only ones left then she gave us a spell about how great her chocolate was then she gave us a little mint each We were supposed to get a hot chocolate but she was so nasty we were just happy to get out. If not for the last place would have been 5 stars

  • Welcome to Basel: Private Tour with a Local

    3. Welcome to Basel: Private Tour with a Local

    Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Basel from a local eager to share all the tips to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn insider tips, such as the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city with all the information you need.

    Francis was most accommodating by picking me up at the Viking port. We covered a lot of ground on our tour and she was very helpful in directing me how to get to my next destination

  • Basel History Tour for Groups

    4. Basel History Tour for Groups

    Through an interesting tour of the city, discover Basel's romantic winding alleyways and well-preserved Old Town. Immerse yourself in the city's history and admire the imposing structures, cozy squares and many more highlights. Beginning at the Tinguely Fountain at Theater Basel, make your way through the Basel oppidum, known as Basel-Münsterhügel, to the Rotes Rathaus (Town Hall), which dates back to the 16th century. Pass Basel Minster and "Barfüßer Kirche," a former church that now houses the Basel Historical Museum, as well as other sites capturing the spirit of the city. See the most beautiful sights in Basel and let a friendly tour guide teach you all about the history and landmarks of the breathtaking Swiss city.

  • Basel: Nighttime Walking Tour in German

    5. Basel: Nighttime Walking Tour in German

    Explore the third largest city in Switzerland with the night watchman Rudolf Streiff and wander through the street and alleys of the fabled suburb St. Alban at nighttime. Follow in the footprints of the people who lived there in the 18th century and learn about the adventures and stories of times long gone. Listen to anecdotes about life in the St. Alban-Valley ‒ Basel's "Little Venice", learn about Streiff's unfulfilled love, who still crosses his path there from time to time, and more. The actors turn this scenic walking tour into a vivid experience and also lead you to the famous Zschokke-fountain, the time-honored house "Zum Sausewind" as well as the St. Alban-gate.

  • Swiss Coupon Pass: 2-for-1 Offers in Switzerland

    6. Swiss Coupon Pass: 2-for-1 Offers in Switzerland

    The coupon book contains 100 exclusive vouchers with 50% discounts on food, sightseeing tours, entrance fees to tourist attractions, theme parks, UNESCO world heritage sights, Swiss castles, car and motorbike rental as well as class upgrades for train and boat journeys with a total value of 4,500 CHF. The Swiss Coupon Pass is available in English and German. Choose to either have your pass delivered (only available in Switzerland) or pick it up in Zurich, Geneva or Basel.

    I am surprised about the various offers I get and how easy it is to redeem the vouchers on spot. I`m usually not the coupon type of person but this is a great booklet to use when you travel throughout Switzerland with another person to benefit of 2 for 1 offers. You can save a lot of money for food (lunch/dinner) and the selection of restaurants is also very good. I am discovering lots of new activities in Switzerland, also off-the-beaten track and I can take a friend and pay only for one person, which is cool!!!

  • Basel: 1-Hour Must-See Express Tour

    7. Basel: 1-Hour Must-See Express Tour

    Discover Basel during a short but sweet excursion during which you will learn the most intriguing facts about the history, local lifestyle, and contemporary transformation of the city. After meeting your local guide at St. Albans Tor, start the stroll and 1-hour sightseeing tour where you are sure to fall in love with Basel. See the city through the eyes of a local, discover what the everyday life looks like, and find out where the city gets its characteristic ambience. While walking through Basel, you will discover its parks, monuments, and historical architecture with the chance of getting insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants, and bars to visit during your time here. Make the most of your visit and enjoy an experience perfect for someone visiting for the first time, or for someone who wants to rediscover the city.

    I think the tour guide was very enthusiastic to show the beautiful sites in the old city. She was very knowledgeable about the tidbit stories that made the tour interesting. Loved the visit to the Marktplatz to see the fresh produce and flowers for sale. The visit to the Lookout point near the Cathedral was also scenic as it overlooked the bridge and river. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves very much and would recommend this tour to other visitors. A short but meaningful look at the Old Basel appreciating the history, art, architecture and culture.

  • Basel: Private Architectural Walking Tour

    8. Basel: Private Architectural Walking Tour

    Immerse yourself in Basel's rich history and impressive architecture on this private tour with a local guide. Discover the most impressive buildings in the city and learn about the history behind each of those historical buildings and structures on this invigorating architectural walk. Join your guide on this adventure to discover the beauty and history of the city’s most significant buildings and find out a bit more about the local culture in Switzerland from a local perspective. During your tour, become better acquainted with the local architecture and learn how it has changed over the years while still retaining its unique character. You will also get to learn about world-famous architects such as Richard Meier and Frank O. Gehry, and gain an insight into how Basel came to be a melting pot of architectural wonders.

  • From Basel: Zermatt, Gornergrat, and Matterhorn Private Trip

    9. From Basel: Zermatt, Gornergrat, and Matterhorn Private Trip

    Start the tour by meeting your tour guide at your hotel then make your way together to the train station in Basel. From there, board an intercity train for 2 hours to south-Switzerland and change onto the Matterhorn-Gotthard-Railway. After 50 minutes traveling through the valley, arrive in Zermatt and make your way to the historical part of the village. Stroll through the small streets and get information about the architecture of the wooden houses. Stop at the best photo point as your tour guide tells you the story of the climbers at Mount Matterhorn. See the cemetery for climbers and missing mountaineers. According to your preferences, stop for lunch in Zermatt or board the cogwheel train to Gornergrat. Ride the train up to 2800 m above sea level and admire the fantastical aerial views. Follow your guide to the scenic platform, where you will have a 360 degrees panoramas of Mount Mat...

    We had one day in Basel to visit the Matterhorn and Abraham made sure we saw and did everything on our list. He picked us up at the hotel, negotiated the trains, gondolas from Zermatt to the Matterhorn Glacier Palace, enjoyed spectacular views at lunch, teenagers were able to walk in the snow, and still have time to shop in Zermatt before train back to Basel. Thank you Abraham for sharing your knowledge and making this a memorable day

  • From Zurich: Full-Day Discover Basel & Colmar Private Tour

    10. From Zurich: Full-Day Discover Basel & Colmar Private Tour

    On this unique journey, you will be able to visit two neighboring countries, Switzerland and France and compare them. Your driver will pick you up from any convenient location for you in Zurich and you will start your private tour to Basel, the cultural capital of Switzerland. Have a walking tour to Congress Hall and the old city. Then, your driver will take you to one of your preferred museums such as Tinguely Museum, Ethnology Museum, Basel Zoological Garden or another museum according to your preferences. If you would like to have a boat trip instead, then you will be assisted in this case as well. Basel is famous for its fine chocolates and sweets, thus, you will taste some specialties before proceeding to Colmar in France. This small city showcases the lifestyle of the whole Alsace region. Surely you will be amazed by half-timbered houses dating back to 16th-century. Namely, you w...

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4.6 / 5

based on 370 reviews

Our guide, Josieanne (sp?) did a fantastic job. It was a bilingual tour and she switched between German and English flawlessly. She was informative, knowledgeable and fun. I highly recommend her as a tour guide.

Francis showed us their city and told us a lot about it. It was our first visit to Basel and it sparked our interest in further visits. And she gave us great tips for the rest of the day and more

Francis was most accommodating by picking me up at the Viking port. We covered a lot of ground on our tour and she was very helpful in directing me how to get to my next destination

Very nice guide who knew his way around well and gave us some very nice impressions of Basel beyond the program.

My guide was Caroline she was friendly, informative and spoke good English