Basel Tourism

Although Basel is the third largest city of Switzerland, it’s a rather underrated holiday destination. A trip to Basel will reveal to you what a quintessential medieval Swiss town looks like. The Old Town is one of the most visited attractions! Located in the Rhine Valley, Basel is Switzerland’s version of a river side town. For all those who can’t brace the winter of the Alps, travel to Basel where the winter isn’t so cold, and white. Experience top things to do in Basel and make them your everlasting life memories.

Plan a Basel trip for an off-beat Swiss holiday. The cherry on the icing for a tour of Basel is that the city shares its borders with France and Germany, in case you wanted to extend your vacation, beyond borders!

Essential travel information and Basel tips for your visit

  • By and large, Basel is one of the safest cities you’ll ever visit. In case you ever feel nervous or threatened, go to the nearest pub or restaurant and dial 117, the emergency number.
  • Avoid committing any traffic violations, the Swiss police could even fine you for jaywalking.
  • Pick-pocketing is common especially in the tourist zones. Keep an eye on your belongings and don’t leave them unattended.
  • Don’t be alarmed if you see people drinking in the day in public- it’s allowed! However, be weary of drunken groups of people at night.
  • Be careful of trams while crossing the road. They have a tendency to sneak up on you if you’re not used to trams.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Basel

  • Know the pollution level of Basel before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 23.08 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 28.75 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 26.25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 15 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 13.75 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 26.25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 34.21 (Low)
  • How safe is Basel for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Basel.

    • Burglary and Theft 16.5 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 13.54 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 11 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 11.27 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 6.37 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 11.22 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 15.5 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 30.21 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 95.19 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 80.39 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 20.1 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 15.2 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 23.04 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Basel is 199.47 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 82.87 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 82.82 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 26.6 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 21.52 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 129.15 (Very High)
    • Health Care Index 71.57 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.05 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 130.66 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Basel

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.39 USD
    • International Movie per seat 20.05 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 47.62 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 109.89 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 120.22 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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