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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.

Welcome to Basel: Private Tour with a Local

2. 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.

Basel History Tour for Groups

3. 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: 1-Hour Must-See Express Tour

4. 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.

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.

Basel: Theatrical Jailbirds, Butchers, and Elegant Ladies

6. Basel: Theatrical Jailbirds, Butchers, and Elegant Ladies

Basel, 1850. Traugott and Irma von der Mühll would never have imagined that two escapees from the Lohnhof prison would drop in on the day of their memorial celebration for Uncle Friedrich. Be bold and embark on a different kind of walk. Along with the jailbird and his accomplice, you'll wander through a part of Basel that has quite a lot of history to tell. Find out why stags graze on the Stadtgraben, and hear about bits of bacon during a church service and where trousers and gingerbread are welcomed as a means of payment. You will also meet Rector Thurneysen, who provides an address in Latin, as well as the police, or the eccentric Ms. Ochsenfuess. Finally, your tour will conclude with you enjoying the special views from Spalentor Gate.

Luzern City Small Group Tour incl. Lake Cruise from Basel

7. Luzern City Small Group Tour incl. Lake Cruise from Basel

Lucerne, located in central Switzerland and sited on lake Lucerne, is embedded with a spectacular mountain panorama. The town is a "must see" destination in Switzerland with it's attractions like the wooden chapel bridge. Spend your time on this guided tour in the old town, the world most known attractions and on a lake boat cruise. Our tourguide accompanies you on this tour from the starting point, and answers your questions about the country and its people. The tour guide knows the way and shows you a few places away from the tourist flow. In the company of a local guide, explore the Old Town. See sights such as the wooden Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument, and Lucerne's most important churches. Listen to your guide's stories of the city's history and daily life. Later, hop on a boat for a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne. Take in panoramic views of the lake, city, and surrounding mountains. At the end of your cruise, travel back to basel.

Basel: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

8. Basel: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

Discover why Basel is known as the City of Art on a private tour with a local guide and learn what it is that attracts thousands of art lovers from all over the globe to visit the city each year. This tour is perfect for both first-time visitors to Basel and returning tourists who want to go beneath the surface of the city. As you wander around the streets of the city, admire impressive street art and learn more about the city’s galleries and museums as well as hearing about several local artists. Don't miss the opportunity to discover the most significant cultural and historical details of the colorful and multi-faced Basel while you dive into the art and culture of the city from a local perspective.

Basel: Private Architectural Walking Tour

9. 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.

Basel Area: Roman Town Augusta Raurica Guided Tour

10. Basel Area: Roman Town Augusta Raurica Guided Tour

Over 10,000 people once lived in the Roman city of Augusta Raurica on the River Rhine. Discover the fascinating traces that they left behind on this introductory tour. Find out all sorts of interesting things about the public life of a Roman town. Start by seeing a unique bronze model of the city, where you will learn everything about Roman town-planning. In the authentic reproduction of a Roman house, you will learn about aspects of Roman domestic life. Did you know that underfloor heating is a Roman invention? In the museum, there is an opportunity to admire the largest silver treasure from Roman antiquity and discover all sorts of interesting facts about Roman military and mercantile history. Finally, in the majestic theatre, you can be transported back, just for a moment, to the days when it was the scene of thrilling spectacles, witty comedies, and bloody gladiator fights.

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What people are saying about Basel

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 198 reviews

see good guidance, learn a lot of historical information and get an insight into the division of quarters in Basel. Well-founded leadership, despite the autumn fair, they understood the leader very well. You can also ask questions between the stops, the pace was adjusted.

A good insight into the history of Basel. The points of interest were well chosen and our questions thoroughly answered. A special mention for our guide, Micheline, who was excellent. She was very enthusiastic. Thank you.

It was a great introductory experience with this beautiful city. It also helped to know your positions and plan for your stays in the following days.

Relaxed and very informative two hour walk with Philomema. Really enjoyed the experience. Fun balance of facts and stories.

Good balance of talking & silence, good knowledge of Basel history bit not over-whelming you with too much detail.