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How to Spend 3 Days in Basel

How to Spend 3 Days in Basel

Three days in Basel let you explore Switzerland’s culture capital at a relaxed pace; you’ll have time to visit Basel’s many museums and explore the Swiss Alps on a day trip. Here are some ideas for how to spend three days in Basel.

Day 1: Monuments and Museums

A hop-on hop-off bus tour is a stress-free way to get your bearings in Basel. Jump off to stroll around the Old Town and visit Munster Cathedral, and admire historic landmarks such as Rathaus (City Hall), the Gate of Spalen, and the Tinguely Fountain from the top deck.

In the afternoon, visit two or three of Basel’s museums—there are more than 40 to choose from. Highlights include the Fine Art Museum (Kunstmuseum), the Museum Tinguely, and the Natural History Museum. Some museums are equally celebrated for their architecture, so it’s worth stopping by to take a photo even if you don’t have time to explore the exhibitions; the Schaulager Museum, Fondation Beyeler, and the futuristic Vitra Design Museum are notable structures. 

End the day with a sunset cruise on the Rhine River and admire the glittering city skyline from the water.

Day 2: An Adventure in the Alps

Basel’s central location makes it a strategic starting point for day trips to Swiss cities such as Zurich, Bern, and Lucerne; it’s also a great base for crossing the border to the Alsace region of France or the Black Forest region of Germany. If you’re planning just one day trip, make it to the Swiss Alps, where snow-covered scenery provides a dramatic contrast to city life. 

Nearby Lucerne offers a number of alpine adventures. Day trips from Basel typically include round-trip transport and come in a variety of forms; ride the rotating cable car to the top of Mt. Titlis and then brave a walk across the Titlis Cliff Walk, or opt for a round-trip ride to Mt. Pilatus, during which you ascend via Europe’s steepest cogwheel railway then return by cable car. For the ultimate view, brave a trip to the Top of Europe, Europe’s highest railway station at a dizzying 11,371 feet (3,466 meters), in Jungfraujoch. 

Day 3: Basel Like a Local

Spend your final day in Basel exploring the city’s neighborhoods and enjoying a taste of local life. South of the Old Town, the Bruderholz and Dreispitz districts have some of the city’s most unique shops, while nearby Markthalle harbors Basel’s most popular covered market. Here, you can sample food from around the world, as well as Swiss classics such as fondue.

Head back to the Old Town in the afternoon to pick up some edible souvenirs at the city’s famous chocolatiers. A themed walking tour is a great way to learn more about Swiss chocolate; chocolate lovers can even join a truffle-making workshop. 

In the evening, cross over the Rhine to Little Basel (Kleinbasel), where you’ll find a large choice of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and live music venues. For the best views of the Rhine River, start your night with a cocktail at Bar Rouge, the city’s highest bar. 

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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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Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel

Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel

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Enjoy the Swiss mountains and lakeside views on a day trip from Basel to Lucerne. With a private guide, you’ll travel by train to the idyllic lake city that’s loved for its alpine scenery. Take an hour-long cruise around Lake Lucerne, then travel up the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to the peak of Mt. Pilatus. After some time to explore the summit, you’ll return to Basel, enjoying gondola, bus, and train rides along the way.
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  • 8 hours
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$336.94
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Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Private Tour from Basel

Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Private Tour from Basel

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Reaching the 11,000 foot-tall peak at Jungfraujoch, known as the “Top of Europe,” is no easy feat, even with the help of cable cars and railways. Streamline your ascent—and make the most of your time—on this full-day private trip to Jungfraujoch from Basel, including tours of two mountain towns along the way.
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  • 12 hours
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$522.88
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Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour Including Cable Car Ticket

Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour Including Cable Car Ticket

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Sit back and relax as a private driver navigates mountain roads while you enjoy the scenery. Drive to Lucerne where you’ll enjoy a 2-hour tour with a local English-speaking guide. Then visit Engelberg to experience the Titlis Cliff Walk, a pedestrian bridge on Mt. Titlis suspended 10,000 feet above sea level.
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  • 8 hours
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Rhine Falls Half-Day Trip from Basel with Hotel Pickup and Drop-off

Rhine Falls Half-Day Trip from Basel with Hotel Pickup and Drop-off

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Feel the spray of one of Europe’s largest waterfalls with a 5-hour coach trip to the Rhine Falls from Basel. Stand above the waterfall on an observation deck, and capture unforgettable images of the 450-foot (150-meter)-wide falls. Enjoy time to explore the scenic place at your own pace, and visit between June and August to see the falls from the deck of a sightseeing boat on the Rhine River, which links the Swiss Alps to the North Sea.
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  • 6 hours
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Cassiopeia thermal spring WELLNESS WITH TRADITION Entrance Ticket with Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off Included

Cassiopeia thermal spring WELLNESS WITH TRADITION Entrance Ticket with Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off Included

Whether you need a break from sightseeing or want to treat yourself after a long workweek, a day at Cassiopeia Thermal Spring is guaranteed to do the trick. Your experience begins with private transportation from your hotel at the time of your choosing. Spend as much time as you need at the 2000-year-old Roman springs. Swim in the hot pools, join in water aerobics, or sweat out the stress in the sauna.
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  • 4 to 10 hours
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Europa Park Day Trip from Basel

Europa Park Day Trip from Basel

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Experience Germany’s largest theme park with a full-day trip to Europa-Park from Basel, and explore 14 European countries from Austria to Russia. Enjoy the trip hassle-free in an air-conditioned minivan with onboard wifi, then see the park at your own pace. Board the alpine Matterhorn Blitz ride through the mountains, speed down a metal bobsledding run and hold on tight as the wooden Timburcoaster hits speeds of 60mph (100kph). Travel through themed areas that celebrate each of the country’s foods, architecture and cultures before returning to Basel.
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Basel Zoo Entrance Ticket with Hotel Pick and Drop Off Included

Basel Zoo Entrance Ticket with Hotel Pick and Drop Off Included

Meet an African ground squirrel and a white-rumped shama with tickets to The Zoological Gardens in Basel’s city center, an award-winning zoo that was founded in 1874. Stroll open-air enclosures and expansive animal houses. See life below the water in a vast aquarium that’s home to fish, reptiles, amphibians and two kinds of penguins. Travel from the African plains to the Australian bush, watch white-faced sakis play in the Monkey House, and explore an Asian garden full of snow leopards, rhinoceroses and a crowd of chattering macaques.
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  • 8 hours
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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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