Visit Basel - Best of Basel

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!

Basel Travel Tips

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.

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Facts and Stats for Basel*

  • Pollution Statistics in 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)
  • Basel: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Basel for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Basel.

    • Burglary and Theft 14.8 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 11.7 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 9.18 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 9.5 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 4.5 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 9.38 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 13.78 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 28.72 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 97.06 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 82 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 18.5 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 21.5 (Low)
  • Living in Basel - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Basel is 202.16 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 84.56 (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 128.65 (Very High)
    • Health Care Index 71.57 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.02 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 135.06 (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.

  • Cost for Essentials in Basel

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.41 USD
    • International Movie per seat 20.16 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 51.41 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 111.89 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 114.41 USD

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

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