Discover Basel City
The city of Basel, Switzerland is situated on the Rhine River and is filled with over 2, 000 years of history. A crossroads for France, Germany and Switzerland, it is often referred to as the Golden Gate of Switzerland. This city that at one time was the home of Europe's biggest paper and silk industry, and today is an international chemical research center is also known globally for fairs such as Art Basel and Basel World. Yes, Basel is an art city with a great location. But it is even more, it is a city that has over 40 museums and is the oldest University town in Switzerland. I invite you to discover Basel with me and visit its well preserved old town, containing a mix of 15th century buildings and modern Swiss architecture. Along the way, some of the sites we will see are the Tinguely Fountain, the Elisabethenkirche, Bankverein, Münster Cathedral, Münsterplatz, Rittergasse, Freiestrasse, Mittlere Rheinbrücke, and the Blue and White House. We will also cross the Rhine River (ferry schedule permitting).
Intersection Fountain by Richard Serra
Münster Ferry, Leu
Blue and White Houses
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: If your hotel is centrally located I will happily meet you in the lobby of your hotel. If not we can meet at the Tinguely Fountain, Theaterplatz, Basel - on the side near the stairs, at the intersection of Theaterstrasse and Steinbergstrasse.
End location: Along the Rhine River in Klein Basel. It will depend upon where we begin and what works best for your itinerary.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
You are always welcome to extend the tour, many visitors add 30 minutes onto the tour.
The main method of transport is our feet, so please wear comfortable shoes because walking is the optimal way to explore Basel.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2 CHF - When operating hours permit we will cross the Rhine River by ferry.
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Cynthia is extremely knowledegable, personable and knows Basel very well. Her English is excellent, as she is originally from the United States. She is very professional and has a sparkling personality. I highly recommend her as a tour guide for Basel.