Basel is full of surprises and has a lot to offer to make your stay memorable. It’s Switzerland’s oldest university city and its 195,000 inhabitants make it the country’s third largest. Set on the Rhine, the city has many historic landmarks such as the large square market and the Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, as well as a beautiful Old Town. It is also home to around 40 museums, making it the city with highest density of museums in Switzerland. As you can figure, there’s a lot to do and see in Basel, and many different ways to do so. Experience Basel from a new perspective and make sure to make the most out your visit by trying these tours around the city.
1. Discover the city’s hidden corners
Do something out of the ordinary and join an exciting self-guided City Treasure Hunt to explore the history and culture of the city. Over a period of 1.5 hours, you will head out to various locations with only a city map. Along the way, you will have to solve tricky tasks and answer a variety of questions. This will require you to use your sense of direction, skills & persistence and great team work. The quiz questions are available in English, French and German, a few of the many languages spoken in Switzerland.
2. See the city from another perspective
Take an unforgettable ride in one of Basel’s vintage trams, and discover the city’s 2,000-year history. The tram dates back to the 1920s and trips take around one hour. During this time, the tour will take you from the Swiss railway station through Grossbassel, onwards over the Rhine to Kleinbasel, and back again. This will give you the chance to see the city in a whole new way, through both ancient and more modern times.
3. Explore on foot
Get to know the city through the eyes of a local by joining a guided Walking Tour. There are five different tours to choose from. You can explore downtown Basel, modern art, city history and more. The company is a non-profit organization and works on a tips basis. They say that a good city tour is priceless, therefore, you only pay depending on how you much enjoyed the experience.
So, as you can see, Basel has a variety of tours and guides for those who want to experience the city in a different way. While staying at Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel, you'll be right in the city center, close to all of these attractions and more. Plus, even though Switzerland is known for chocolate and watches, there's plenty more to find here. In fact, we've got some of the top unexpected shopping finds in Basel that you can get your hand on too!