Basel | Pocket-size metropolis
Where cosmopolitan hustle and bustle blend with relaxed conviviality and urban style meets tradition: discover the Basel way of life.
Basel can look back on more than 2,000 years of history. A history that is still very much present today – surviving as it does in all the nooks and crannies of the city and forming an exciting contrast to the modern face of Basel. The heart of the city beats in Basel’s well-preserved, romantic Old Town: its narrow streets and hidden squares with more than 180 fountains are just as charming as its many centuries-old buildings and eye-catching sights, such as City Hall or Basel Cathedral.
Leisure time & Excursions
Basel is lucky to have nice neighbours - not only because of the feeling of affinity that crosses international borders, but also because of the beautiful countryside and delicious culinary culture surrounding the city. But you do not have to leave Basel to discover exciting excursion destinations.
The views from the summits of the Jura, the Black Forest or the Vosges are just a taste of the treasures this region has to offer. You will see even more if you take a short trip into the countryside and enjoy the varied and picturesque regions along the way. The neighbouring cantons of Basel Land and Solothurn, plus Alsace and the Black Forest all form a gigantic recreational area with boundless opportunities for spending your free time. But there’s no need to travel far: Basel itself has plenty of green space and a variety of offers for spending a few free hours.
Things to do in Basel
Find our top highlights here at a glance: Art and culture wherever you look, excursions and activities for the whole family, and world-class events such as Art Basel, Swiss Indoors or Baloise Session. Experience and enjoy Basel – the city of culture on the Rhine.
Visit the tourism website of Basel at www.basel.com
Art & Culture
Basel is generally known as the culture capital of Switzerland. And not without reason: art can be seen wherever you go, whether strolling through the beautiful Old Town or when visiting one of the almost 40 museums.
With their themed collections, the museums have something for every taste and many have reputations that stretch far beyond the Swiss border. On top of that, there are countless galleries scattered throughout the city. And that's not all: the many top-class events that take place here throughout the year strengthen Basel’s reputation as a cultural hotspot. The city also has a lively theatre and music scene.
More details : https://www.basel.com/en/art
Basel Rhine Swimming
The Rhine is a living artery, a place of relaxation, an inspiration for the people, life and architecture of the city. The people of Basel like to come here in summer. Sun worshippers, walkers, students and business people love to recharge their batteries on its banks.
In addition, many inhabitants of the city share the same strange passion: swimming in the Rhine. Anyone who joins the bathers knows why the Mediterranean suddenly seems so close
More details : https://www.basel.com/en/rhine-swimming
Together with the Mittlere Brücke, the Basler Münster (Cathedral) is probably the most famous landmark in Basel. With its red sandstone walls, colourful roof tiles and twin towers, no other building adorns the cityscape of Basel like the Cathedral.
Visit the former episcopal church, built between the years 1019 and 1500 in the Romantic and Gothic styles. The crypt, the chancel, the tomb of Erasmus of Rotterdam, the Gallus gate and the two cloisters are witness to a fascinating tale of construction over a period of several centuries. The piazza in which the Cathedral stands is today a popular meeting place and is often used for concerts and events. The Pfalz - the terrace offering wonderful views over the Rhine - is one of the most popular viewpoints in the city.