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How to Spend 2 Days in Basel

How to Spend 2 Days in Basel

Basel is one of Europe’s most important cultural hubs, and hosts renowned festivals such as Art Basel and the Fasnacht Carnival. Two days is just enough time to take in all the highlights—here are some ideas. 

Day 1: Art and Architecture

**Morning:**Kickstart your time in Basel with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, which transports you between top sights such as the medieval Gate of Spalen, the Tinguely Fountain, and the Roche Tower, Switzerland’s tallest building. Disembark to explore Basel Old Town a walking tour, which cover the Rathaus (City Hall) and magnificent Munster Cathedral.

**Afternoon:**Even though Basel is home to more than 40 museums, it’s best to focus on just a few if you’re on a time budget. Among the most popular are the Fine Art Museum (Kunstmuseum), the Museum Tinguely, and the Natural History Museum, while the Fondation Beyeler is celebrated for its architecture.

**Night:**Set sail along the Rhine River and experience Basel from the water. A sunset or evening dinner cruise affords panoramic views of the city’s illuminated skyline and passes landmarks such as the Middle Bridge and the Munster. 

Day 2: Eat, Drink, Shop

**Morning:**Seasonal visitors can’t miss Basel’s renowned Christmas market, but if you’re not in town over yuletide, you can still enjoy a glimpse of local life at the daily food market on Marktplatz. Shoppers can also browse the many small shops and artisan boutiques in the Spalenberg quarter, or head to the giant Stücki shopping mall.

**Afternoon:**Spend the afternoon indulging in Swiss specialties such as fondue, rosti, and raclette at a traditional restaurant in the Old Town or on a food tour. Pick up some edible souvenirs at the city’s famous chocolatiers or indulge your sweet tooth on a guided tasting tour, some of which include a truffle-making workshop. 

**Night:**Little Basel (Kleinbasel), a district on the north bank of the Rhine River, is the liveliest place to spend the evening. There’s a huge choice of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and live music venues, but for the best views, head to Bar Rouge, the city’s highest bar, to sip cocktails and gaze out along the Rhine. 

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Half-Day Zurich Guided Tour from Basel

Half-Day Zurich Guided Tour from Basel

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If you want to see Zurich but have only half a day free, this guided city tour with transport from Basel is the answer. With several different itinerary options to choose from, the experience lets you focus your time on the sights that interest you most. Perhaps you'll learn about Albert Einstein on a downtown walk around Zurich, or check out the city's legendary coffee houses and chocolates on a candy-focused tour. The trip also includes a Basel hotel pickup and drop-off service by luxury minivan.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$459.31
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$459.31
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Basel City Center Private Tour

Basel City Center Private Tour

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Explore the cultural capital of Switzerland with a private tour of the Basel city highlights. Skip the hassle of navigating the city streets on your own and follow your guide as you explore the Kleinbasel district along the Rhine River and the old buildings and narrow alleyways of Grossbasel. You’ll learn about the history and culture of this city from you guide and get ideas where to dine and what to do with your remaining time in Basel.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$200.67
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$200.67
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Basel City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Basel City Sightseeing Bus Tour

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See the sights of Basel by City Sightseeing bus, and hop on and off around town to visit the landmarks, museums, and attractions that interest you most. The perfect way to sightsee at your own pace, the bus tour follows a route around the city center, passing the Kaserne Cultural Centre, the Roche Tower, and even the Stücki Shoppingcenter. You’ll learn about each site from the audio commentary as you ride around town.
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  • 2 hours
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$27.91
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$27.91
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Stories of Basel's Old Town

Stories of Basel's Old Town

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Explore Basel’s historic Old Town, hear stories from the dim and distant past and discover what makes the city special on this 2-hour Basel walking tour. Follow a guide through Basel’s pretty Old Town and gain insight into its 15th-century history. Take in top city attractions such as Basel Minster, the Barfüsserkirche, City Hall, the Museum der Kulturen and Tinguely Fountain. Along the way, admire the city’s bold and modern architecture, and see how the centuries have shaped the Basel of today.
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  • 2 hours
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$22.67
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$22.67
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Luzern City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel

Luzern City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel

With medieval architecture and spectacular Alpine scenery, Lucerne is the perfect day trip from nearby Basel—but organising public transport to make the most of your trip can be a challenge. On this private city tour, explore Lucerne and Lake Lucerne by boat, bus, and train with all your travel tickets from Basel included, and reach top attractions including the Chapel Bridge and the Lion of Lucerne with ease.
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  • 6 hours
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$219.94
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$219.94
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Mount Titlis Glacier Excursion Private Tour from Basel

Mount Titlis Glacier Excursion Private Tour from Basel

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Explore a landscape of rock and ice on a private tour from Basel to Mount Titlis, traveling by scenic train and an innovative rotating gondola. Since a personal guide will coordinate the transportation—including multiple trains and the gondola—you’ll be free to enjoy the dramatic scenery. The day is yours to customize: Try local specialties in a restaurant with panoramic windows, play in the snow, and more.
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  • 9 hours
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$447.82
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Artisan Cheesemaking and Chocolate factory with Tasting Private Tour from Basel

Artisan Cheesemaking and Chocolate factory with Tasting Private Tour from Basel

Spend a day with the typical Swiss assets: Cheese & chocolate. Travel with your private tourguide, just you and your guide, to Engelberg and visit Switzerland's only cheese factory within a Monastery. The modern achitecture of the cheese factory accents the historical setting in a breathtaking manner. Get an introduction about the cheese makeing process directly at the cheese factory and taste cheese while you the cheese maker at work producing cheese specialities as the famous "Engelberger Klosterglocke". On the afternoon, transfer to the industrial area of Root, outside Luzern. You will visit the chocolate factory "Aeschbach", where you get an insight view to the fine art of chocolate. Taste chocolate during the entire exhibition and finalize your day with creating your own chocolate bar.  Our tourguide accompanies you on this tour from the starting point, shows you the changing landscape and answers your questions about the country and its people.
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  • 8 hours
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$416.08
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Basel Selfie Tour 7 Attractions in 90min

Basel Selfie Tour 7 Attractions in 90min

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See the top sights of Basel comfortably and efficiently on a 90-minute small-group tour. With three possible departure times, you can easily pick a tour that fits with your schedule. Provided hotel pickup and drop-off, allows you to avoid the confusion of navigating an unfamiliar city on your own. Visit the city's most photogenic attractions, including Basler Minster Cathedral, roche Tower, and Red Town Hall, with your guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$83.15
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Shop with a Local in Basel

Shop with a Local in Basel

Basel’s famous for its high quality shops and markets, but it can be difficult to know where to find your ideal purchases. Benefit from the undivided attention of a shopping guide, and be led to the best spots for regional delicacies, designer handbags, or holiday mementos. Get to know the city like a local as you explore its shopping highlights, from the bustling Marktplatz to the trendy St. Johann district.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$17.45
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