3 ways to explore the beautiful city of Basel

Historical buildings by the river in Basel.

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 Treasure Hunt Tour 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 and persistence. The quiz questions are only available in German, so this is a great way to test your language skills.

Basel river and cityscape from above.

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.

Vintage tram tour in Basel.

3. Explore on foot

Get to know the city through the eyes of a local by joining a guided Walking Tour. Ranked as the number 1 tour on TripAdvisor, this is definitely something to check out. There are five different tours to choose from. You can either 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.

Basel view over the rooftops and on the river

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.

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