Best Things To Do in Basel, Switzerland

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  • Altstadt (Old Town)
  • FondationBeyeler
  • Kunstmuseum
  • Museum Tinguely
  • ZoologischerGarten (Basel Zoo)
  • Rathaus
  • Munster (Basel Cathedral)
  • Historisches Museum Barfusserplatz
  • SpielzeugWelten Museum Basel (Doll house museum)
  • Spalentor (City Gate)
  • Basel Paper Mill Museum (Basler Papiermuhle)

Other Attractions:

  • Museum of Ethnology (Museum der Kulturen Basel)
  • Vitra Design Museum
  • Pharmazie-Historisches Museum
  • Tierpark Lange Erlen
  • Fasnacht-Brunnen (Tinguely Fountain)
  • Music Museum of the Basel History Museum (Musikmuseum)
  • Naturhistorisches Museum

Below we have a list of things to do in Basel and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Basel getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Basel with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Basel

Here is the list of things to do in Basel and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Basel Zoo


    The Basel Zoo is renowned not only for its repertoire of animals, but also for the breeding program where they breed endangered species in captivity. Spanning almost 17 hectares, the Basel Zoo is a fun filled trip to take as a family. With over 600 species of animals, the Basel Zoo has been dubbed as one of the most kid friendly zoos in all of Europe and is a definite thing to do in Basel. Amon...Read more
  2. The Cathedral Munster

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    The Cathedral Munster

    Religious Site, View Point, Cathedral

    The Basel Cathedral is a popular tourist attraction. Standing tall overlooking the Rhine, it doesn’t take much to deduce the importance of this red sandstone walled twin towered Cathedral. Rebuilt after an earthquake, the restored Munster followed the architectural guidelines of Gothic and Romanesque architecture. The interiors are richly embellished, depicting prophets and virgins. The C...Read more
  3. Kunst Museum

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    Kunst Museum

    Museum, History Museum

    Basel is no strangers to museums! Home of the oldest museum of Switzerland, the Kunstmuseum’s exhibits are divided into two time frames- the 1400-1600 and 1800 to the present. A not-so-consolidated time capsule, everything you need to know about art through the ages can be found within these walls. The Kunstmuseum boasts of the finest collection in all of Europe- the Upper Rhine Valley co...Read more
  4. Rathaus

    Historical Site

    The Rathaus or City Hall, dominated the Market Plaza with its red facade. Built in the 1501, the City Hall was built to symbolize the city inclusion in to the Swiss Confederate. The centre of City Hall is dedicated to a huge clock with prominent figures of the Lady Justice and Emperor Henry II. There are guided tours on Saturday for anyone who might be interested in knowing the historical signi...Read more
  5. Basel Paper Mill Museum

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    Basel Paper Mill Museum

    Museum, Arts And Crafts, Specialty Museum

    There are very few places left in the world, where you can see the process of how paper is made, in the very same place it used to be made during its glory days. What used to be a fully functional paper mill in the medieval times, has now been restored and transformed into the Basel Paper Mill Museum. Taking you back to a time when there were a dime a dozen paper mills, the Museum shows you how...Read more
  6. Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel

    Museum, Specialty Museum

    Imagine a museum full of toys! Not only is it guaranteed fun for the kids, but even the adults will relive their childhood with the sheer variety of toys on display here. The SpielzeugWelten Museum Basel is the biggest museum of its kind in Europe. Attracting doll admirers and teddy bear lovers from all over the world, spans four floors with over 6000 toys on display. The manner in which the to...Read more
  7. Historisches Museum Barfusser Platz

    Art Gallery, Museum, History Museum

    With its exteriors as impressive as the interiors, the History Museum leaves no stone unturned to wow you! Housed within a 14th century church, the Church of the Shoeless Friars, no places chronicles the city’s past as well as the History Museum. The primary exhibits here focus of Basel’s cathedral treasure troves- tapestries, wooden sculptures, a 16th century choir stall and eccles...Read more
  8. Spalentor

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    Not many know this, but in the medieval days, Basel was a walled city complete with city gates. Three of these city gates still stand and the most beautiful and grandest one of them all is the Gate of Spalen, or the Spalentor. A historical landmark in the city, the city gate presents a piece of story of how Basel was in the 14th century. Don’t miss out on the Basel Coat of Arms that domin...Read more
  9. Pfalz Image
    The terrace behind the Cathedral offers the most breathtaking view over the Old Town. You have a bird’s eye view of the Rhine and most of the city for as far as the eye can see. On a clear day you will even be able to see right up to “Three Countries Cornerâ€Â, where Switzerland, Germany and France meet.
  10. Tinguely Fountain


    Basel is blessed with a black asphalt fountain piece know as the Carnival Fountain or the Tinguely Fountain created by the famous artist Jean Tinguely in 1977. It was built as a gift to the city with its nine sculptures that were constructed from the parts of pieces of the equipment of the Old Theatre that stood at this spot. The puppet-like iron eminences are in constant low-powered motion and...Read more
  11. Ueli Stube
    If you are looking for some great food and good service at the same time, then you might as well try UEli Stube. The place is very popular with locals and travellers from around the country.
  12. Bird's Eye
    If you love Jazz then this is the place to be. They serve Getranke & snacks here and the prices are quite reasonable. The Jazz comes in a variety of forms; they feature local and some national artists as well. A great place to hang out!
  13. Papa Joe's
    Eating at Papa is a great experience. The place offers a unique and fantastic ambience. The food is mainly local cuisine and they also play some really nice soft music in the background. There is a casino in this restaurant as well.
  14. Basel Pub Crawl Image
    This is a great place to make new friends and enjoy the night. The atmosphere is lively, fn and everything from the drinks to the entrance fees are inexpensive. If you want to hang out with friends in a lively atmosphere, you may want to try this pub.
  15. Krafft
    Firstly you need to make a reservation if you want to use this restaurant especially on weekends. The restaurant has got this unique and elegant ambience. Try their marroni (chestnut) soup with porcino mushroom brulee.

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  • I'll be disembarking from a river cruise that ends in Basel and have three days of down time. what can I do in and around Basil. Please recommend a nice, centrally situated 4 star Hotel.

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    • All the best things to do in Basel are listed above on this very page. Basel Minster, Zoo Basel, Fine Arts Museum Basel, Museum Tinguely, and Basel Paper Mill are a few of the best places to visit in town. You can take a look at this extensive list of hotels in Basel and book the one that suits all your requirements.  

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