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Basel, Switzerland

Places of Interest

Old Town

The Old Town of Basel is one of the best‑preserved and most beautiful of its kind in Europe. there not many other cities where buildings from the 15th century and those by modern, internationally renowned architects complement each other to form an urban landsacpe that is both intriguing and harmonious.

Encounter Art

You will encounter art not only at every turn on a stroll through the city, but also in almost forty museums. From the world‑famous Fondation Beyeler to the TInguely Museum, the Kunstmuseum Basel and the Schaulager to the Doll's House Museum, there is something to interest each and every visitor.

The Cathedral (Münster)

The history of Basel as an urban settlement began on the Cathedral Hill. With its red sandstone, coloured tiles and narrow twin towers the Münster is a key landmark of the city. The viewpoint beside the Cathedral provides a stunning panorama of the Old Town, far into the tri‑border area and as far as the Vosges Mountains.

Rhine Promenade and Ferries

The Rhine Promenade is the most popular jogging route in the city and is also the first choice for people out for a stroll. You can also cross the Rhine the way people did 150 years ago ‑ ring the bell at the quay, give the ferryman a sign, and get on the ferries powered only by the natural current of the Rhine.

Shopping Streets

Shopping and sightseeing can easily be combined in Basel. You will find everything from luxurious designer names to small boutiques, exclusive antique bookshops and cosmopolitan department stores. The best place to start is Freie Strasse, which has over 150 shops.