Last Updated on September 28, 2022 by Jim Ferri
Since the Swiss have done such a good job of hiding Basel up there at the top of the country, it’s no wonder few travelers ever visit the city. But it’s really a cool city worth a stop for a day or two. Here’s a taste of what you can see in Basel in 24 hours.
Shoehorned between Germany and France, and bisected by the Rhine, Basel is the third largest city in Switzerland. Given its geographical position it comes as no surprise that it has a diversity of cultures, as well as a multifaceted history.
Basel’s colorful medieval old town centers around Marktplatz and its16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall. Be sure to go inside to see the old murals on the walls. Also view its 12th-century Gothic cathedral that contains the tomb of the 16th-century Dutch scholar, Erasmus.
Be sure to walk along it banks of the Rhine River and see the beauty of the city. During the summer, people float down the Rhine and through the city on tubes. Also take the small boat you’ll see crossing the river – it has no engine or sails and is totally propelled by the river’s current.
Basel is popular as Switzerland’s cultural capital. It boasts a wealth of modern art and architecture, and its nearly 40 museums give it the highest density of museums in the country. Among them are the internationally known and popular Basel Art Museum, the Foundation Beyeler and the Museum of Cultures, all of which attract a great many visitors. Basel’s symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra and musical theatre features international productions
Be sure to eat Basel’s outdoor cafes and restaurants. You’ll find the food and local wine wonderful. Spend at least 24 hours here – two or three days would be even better.
It’s also a very walkable city with a network of trolleys to help you get around.