Things to do in Basel

Basel is a cultural and historical hotspot

Known as the “Three Country Corner” due to its unique location, Basel is one of the most complex and interesting cities in Europe. Located in Switzerland, the city also borders France and Germany, with cultural and linguistic influences from all sides. The city is glittered with famous buildings, museums, landmarks, and artwork so you don’t have to worry about running out of things to do in basel during your visit.


Things to do in Basel


Basels Old Town

Basel is the perfect holiday location because it has so much to offer when it comes to learning more about European art and history. As you explore the Old Town, you’ll see original cathedrals, walls, and bridges going back to several centuries. Romanesque and Gothic-style architecture can be seen and you can learn more about what this city was like when it was first built in medieval times.



The city has dozens of museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts which has the oldest art collection that is open to the public.


The Basel Zoo

The Basel Zoo is an extremely popular attraction since it is the oldest and largest in Switzerland and is a great place for families to go for the day.


Visiting neighboring countries

If you want to cross over into some of the neighboring countries, simply go to the train station at the city center and purchase tickets for a day trip.



Finally, be sure to reward yourself after a day of sightseeing by exploring the nightlife scene in Basel. There are so many lively bars, clubs, and other social venues that you won’t want the evening to end.


When to go to Basel

The summertime is the most popular tourism season in Basel and temperatures during this time average around 20 °C (70 °F).


Festivals and events

However, there is never a bad time to go since the city is always vibrant and energetic. All year round, there are festivals, marketplaces, and other public celebrations, with the largest event, Basler Fasnacht, taking place in April. Make sure to see what is happening during your visit so that you can make the most of your holiday in Basel.


Christmas market

If you visit during the winter season, you can also walk through some of the lovely Christmas markets where warm drinks and handicrafts are sold.

Basel Facts

Population173 330
LanguageFrench, German, Italian
CurrencySwiss Franc
AirportEuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Switzerland (BSL)

Basel average temperatures

0~5 °C -0~7 °C 12 °C 16 °C 10~21 °C 13~24 °C 16~26 °C 15~26 °C 12~22 °C 8~16 °C 3~9 °C 1~6 °C


IWB Basel Marathon

The IWB Basel Marathon has been an annual event since 2009 and features a full marathon, a half-marathin, a team relay run and a 10k run. No matter if you are a beginner enthusiast or an elite runner, you will definitely find a distance that you can enjoy. All runs are in urban style and do their best to showcase the beautiful city of Basel, passing through the old town, the port of Basel and alongside the famous Rhine River. Take the chance to experience this great Swiss city with your running shoes on!

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