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Basel Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Basel

Straddling the river Rhine in the northwest part of Switzerland on the very border with France and Germany, Basel is renowned for its numerous historic sights. The most notable of them include medieval Marktplatz in the city center, dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Rathaus (Town Hall). The city's 12th-century Gothic cathedral (Basel Münster) is a major local landmark and a burial site of the 16th-century Dutch scholar, Erasmus. Take this orientation walk and learn more about these and other attractions of Basel.
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Basel Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Basel Introduction Walk
Guide Location: Switzerland » Basel (See other walking tours in Basel)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 16
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Rathaus
  • Freie Strasse
  • Dollhouse Museum
  • Tinguely Brunnen
  • Basel Historical Museum: Barfüsserkirche
  • Arts Сenter (Kunsthalle) & Swiss Architecture Museum
  • Elisabethenkirche
  • Kunstmuseum Basel
  • Basel Münster
  • Natural History Museum
  • The Middle Bridge
  • Les Trois Rois Hotel
  • Fishmarket Fountain
  • Wildtsche House
  • Spalentor
  • Botanical Garden
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Rathaus

1) Rathaus (must see)

Rathaus represents the city's most beautiful and notable buildings, as well as an important piece for Market Place. Also known as Town Hall, the structure hosts Basel's seat of the government. It was built in the 14th century but has since seen a few different additions as well as reconstructions.
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Freie Strasse

2) Freie Strasse

Freie Strasse is the main shopping street in Basel, containing numerous upscale designer and fashion boutiques. The area is great for admiring the old buildings and historical sights while finding local pastry bakeries and enjoy window shopping. Walking up and down the adjacent cobble stone streets one can find independent stores selling artisan jewelry, antiques and vintage clothes.
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Dollhouse Museum

3) Dollhouse Museum (must see)

Dollhouse Museum in Basel is the largest museum of its kind in Europe. The museum is located at Barfüsserplatz in the city center. The museum displays over 6,000 exhibits (teddy bears, dolls, play shops, dollhouses and miniatures) in arranged vignettes. It also regularly organizes special exhibitions on individual themes. In particular, the teddy bear collection is unique the world over in terms of variety and quality. Gisela Oeri, chairwoman of local football club FC Basel, is heavily involved in the museum on a financial level.

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Tinguely Brunnen

4) Tinguely Brunnen (must see)

Tinguely Brunnen is the most famous and popular fountain in Basel. Often referred to as Tinguely Well or the Carnaval, the famous landmark was created by renown artist Jean Tinguely who is the author behind several different attractions in the city. Tinguely Brunnen was built between 1975 and 1977. The fountain is composed of ten elements - all of which operate through complicated movable metal mechanisms.
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Basel Historical Museum: Barfüsserkirche

5) Basel Historical Museum: Barfüsserkirche (must see)

Opened in 1894, the Basel Historical Museum is one of the largest and most important museums of its kind in Switzerland, and a heritage site of national significance. The main part of the museum is located in the Barfüsserkirche (literally ‘Barefeet Church’) in the center of the city of Basel. The exhibition presents objects documenting handicraft traditions and everyday culture from ages past. Its focus is on the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance up to the Baroque period. Leading highlights include: the Basel Cathedral treasure, the Basel and Strasbourg tapestries, the fragments of Basel’s dance of death, altars and ecclesiastical graphic works, the estate of Erasmus of Rotterdam, the coin cabinet and glass painting. The museum also preserves old cabinets of curiosities which have been bequeathed, as Amerbach cabinet and Faesch cabinet, which works great collectors Basel sixteenth and seventeenth century.

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Arts Сenter (Kunsthalle) & Swiss Architecture Museum

6) Arts Сenter (Kunsthalle) & Swiss Architecture Museum (must see)

Since opening in 1872, Kunsthalle Basel has staked out and explored positions of contemporary art. This renowned exhibition institution in the Swiss City Basel can look back on a long tradition of supporting the avant-garde and expanding the accepted boundaries of contemporary art. Current art is also reflected on and discussed through lectures, performances and video and film showings. The historic building was modernized in 2004 by the architects Miller & Maranta and has since also housed the Swiss Architecture Museum.

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Elisabethenkirche

7) Elisabethenkirche (must see)

Elisabethenkirche is a protestant church that was built between 1857 and 1865. It is the first church of its kind in Basel. Architecturally, Jacques-Ange Corbel, a Parisian sculptor, has designed a church that is very unique. The neo-Gothic style is evident, despite the recent contemporary additions.
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Kunstmuseum Basel

8) Kunstmuseum Basel (must see)

The Kunstmuseum Basel houses the largest and most significant public art collection in Switzerland, and is listed as a heritage site of national significance. Its lineage extends back to the Amerbach Cabinet purchased by the city of Basel in 1661, which made it the first municipally owned museum. Its collection is distinguished by an impressively wide historic span, from the early 15th century up to the immediate present. Its various areas of emphasis give it international standing as one of the most significant museums of its kind. These encompass: paintings and drawings by artists active in the Upper Rhine region between 1400 and 1600 and on the art of the 19th to 21st centuries. The Kunstmuseum possesses the largest collection of works by the Holbein family.

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Basel Münster

9) Basel Münster (must see)

Originally Catholic but then turned Protestant, the Basel Minster was built throughout 1019-1500 in a combination of Romanesque and Gothic styles. The initial Romanesque cathedral was destroyed by earthquake in 1356 and had to be rebuilt by Johannes Gmünd, who was around that time also employed on the construction of the Freiburg Minster. Starting 1421, the building was extended further by Ulrich von Ensingen, architect of the cathedral towers in Ulm and Strasbourg. The southern tower of the minster was completed in 1500 by Hans von Nußdorf. The square where it stands – Munsterplatz – is a pedestrian zone often busy during the year with various celebrations and festivals, e.g. Christmas markets, etc. Largely adding to the area's appeal is the wonderful view of the river Rhein.
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Natural History Museum

10) Natural History Museum (must see)

With a heritage dating back over 300 years, the Natural History Museum of Basel in Basel, Switzerland, houses wide-ranging collections primarily focused on the fields of zoology, entomology, mineralogy, anthropology, osteology and paleontology. Its mission is to expand, conserve, explore, document and communicate the over 7.7 million objects in its holdings, which are conceived as an “Archive of Life”. It regularly presents special exhibitions on current topics, offers special events, guided tours and excursions and contributes to various national and international research projects. The museum is a heritage site of national significance.

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The Middle Bridge

11) The Middle Bridge

The Middle Bridge, known as Mittlere Brücke in Basel, is the largest and oldest bridge crossing of the Rhine river. It was first installed in 1225 and was used to connect Gross Basel to Klein Basel. The bridge was built with wood and stone. It has since suffered numerous damages and was completely substituted out with a new bridge in 1905.
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Les Trois Rois Hotel

12) Les Trois Rois Hotel

Les Trois Rois Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the city. The hotel is located directly on the bank of the Rhine river, close to Middle Bridge. The hotel was first mentioned in 1681 and remodeled substantially in 1844. The hotel incorporates a Belle Époque style and was designed by Amadeus Merian - a famous Swiss architect.
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Fishmarket Fountain

13) Fishmarket Fountain

Fischmarktbrunnen is a fountain situated on Fish Market Square. Composed in a Gothic style with tributes to Saint John the Baptist, Saint Peter, Madonna as well as nineteen other saints, gargoyles and angels - Fishmarket Fountain is truly an outstanding sight. The fountain was built in the second-half of the 14th century.
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Wildtsche House

14) Wildtsche House

Wildtsche House is an ancient structure, dating back to the 15th century. Once designed for a living and commercial purpose, Wildsche House is now a notable landmark. Painted in a distinguishable blue and white, the venue was created for Jeremias Wildt-Socin - a famous silk manufacturer.
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Spalentor

15) Spalentor (must see)

Spalentor, also known as the "Gate of Spalen", is the central element of the once grand city wall. Constructed in 1356 to protect Basel from natural calamities, the present gate was one of six gates around a wall that was demolished in the 19th century. Today, Spalentor is widely considered one of the most magnificent gates in the country.
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Botanical Garden

16) Botanical Garden (must see)

Botanical Garden is part of the University complex. The present garden is the oldest in the former German section of Switzerland. Since its establishment in 1589, the garden has developed into an enormous attraction with millions of species of trees, herbs and bushes. Also, Botanical Garden not only offers an incredible collection of flora, but also aides in the reproduction, conservation and promoting of the sacred plants.

Walking Tours in Basel, Switzerland

Create Your Own Walk in Basel

Create Your Own Walk in Basel

Creating your own self-guided walk in Basel is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Basel Religious Edifices

Basel Religious Edifices

The churches of Basel are important cultural, religious and architectural elements of the city. The architecture is especially sacred, considering that despite most of the congregations being Catholic, the styles and design remain different. Some, for example, are constructed in a modern style, while others reflect the more ancient designs. Take a tour down the religious edifices of Basel today!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Basel Famous Museums (Part 2)

Basel Famous Museums (Part 2)

As previously examined in the first part of Basel's famous museums, visitors were able to experience the fantastic history, culture and heritage of this amazing city. We continue our examination of the best museums in Basel in part two, offering tourists a chance to visit Museum of Pharmacy, Natural History Museum, Dollhouse Museum, Music Museum, Sports Museum of Switzerland and much more.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Riehen in Basel

Riehen in Basel

Despite Riehen being a small municipality, the territory is covered with a large number of interesting buildings as well as entertaining attractions. Thus, this tour guide is completely reserved for Riehen and the many exciting ventures you may observe during your stay.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Basel Nightlife Tour

Basel Nightlife Tour

Basel is a city with a very busy and exciting nightlife. The selection of nightclubs, discos, strip bars and lounges is incredibly diverse and will satisfy individuals of any taste. Night spots inside the city are often crowded (locals and tourists alike), so make sure you arrive early and stay late!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
Basel Shopping

Basel Shopping

Basel, one of the most modern cities in Switzerland, is consequently also a top-notch shopping location. The city combines a great selection of the country's traditional products along with souvenirs and other memorabilia sure to please the tourists. So if you're looking for a fantastic new gift, what's to stop you from visiting one of the many outstanding shops in Basel?

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
Basel Children Entertainment Tour

Basel Children Entertainment Tour

Basel is a city with numerous opportunities for children to be entertained. The boys will surely be delighted by all the running and climbing at a venue like Schützenmattpark, while the girls will enjoy the enormous dollhouse. Then, there are the locations for both sexes including The Botanical Garden, toy shop and zoo.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles