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How to Spend 2 Days in Basel

How to Spend 2 Days in Basel

Basel is one of Europe’s most important cultural hubs, and hosts renowned festivals such as Art Basel and the Fasnacht Carnival. Two days is just enough time to take in all the highlights—here are some ideas. 

Day 1: Art and Architecture

**Morning:**Kickstart your time in Basel with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, which transports you between top sights such as the medieval Gate of Spalen, the Tinguely Fountain, and the Roche Tower, Switzerland’s tallest building. Disembark to explore Basel Old Town a walking tour, which cover the Rathaus (City Hall) and magnificent Munster Cathedral.

**Afternoon:**Even though Basel is home to more than 40 museums, it’s best to focus on just a few if you’re on a time budget. Among the most popular are the Fine Art Museum (Kunstmuseum), the Museum Tinguely, and the Natural History Museum, while the Fondation Beyeler is celebrated for its architecture.

**Night:**Set sail along the Rhine River and experience Basel from the water. A sunset or evening dinner cruise affords panoramic views of the city’s illuminated skyline and passes landmarks such as the Middle Bridge and the Munster. 

Day 2: Eat, Drink, Shop

**Morning:**Seasonal visitors can’t miss Basel’s renowned Christmas market, but if you’re not in town over yuletide, you can still enjoy a glimpse of local life at the daily food market on Marktplatz. Shoppers can also browse the many small shops and artisan boutiques in the Spalenberg quarter, or head to the giant Stücki shopping mall.

**Afternoon:**Spend the afternoon indulging in Swiss specialties such as fondue, rosti, and raclette at a traditional restaurant in the Old Town or on a food tour. Pick up some edible souvenirs at the city’s famous chocolatiers or indulge your sweet tooth on a guided tasting tour, some of which include a truffle-making workshop. 

**Night:**Little Basel (Kleinbasel), a district on the north bank of the Rhine River, is the liveliest place to spend the evening. There’s a huge choice of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and live music venues, but for the best views, head to Bar Rouge, the city’s highest bar, to sip cocktails and gaze out along the Rhine. 

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Basel City Center Private Walking Tour
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Basel City Center Private Walking Tour

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Explore the cultural capital of Switzerland with a private tour of the Basel city highlights. Skip the hassle of navigating the city streets on your own and follow your guide as you explore the Kleinbasel district along the Rhine River and the old buildings and narrow alleyways of Grossbasel. You’ll learn about the history and culture of this city from you guide and get ideas where to dine and what to do with your remaining time in Basel.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Stories of Basel's Old Town
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Stories of Basel's Old Town

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Explore Basel’s historic Old Town, hear stories from the dim and distant past and discover what makes the city special on this 2-hour Basel walking tour. Follow a guide through Basel’s pretty Old Town and gain insight into its 15th-century history. Take in top city attractions such as Basel Minster, the Barfüsserkirche, City Hall, the Museum der Kulturen and Tinguely Fountain. Along the way, admire the city’s bold and modern architecture, and see how the centuries have shaped the Basel of today.
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Luzern City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel

Luzern City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel

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With medieval architecture and spectacular Alpine scenery, Lucerne is the perfect day trip from nearby Basel—but organising public transport to make the most of your trip can be a challenge. On this private city tour, explore Lucerne and Lake Lucerne by boat, bus, and train with all your travel tickets from Basel included, and reach top attractions including the Chapel Bridge and the Lion of Lucerne with ease.
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  • 6 hours
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Mount Titlis Glacier Excursion Private Tour from Basel

Mount Titlis Glacier Excursion Private Tour from Basel

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Explore a landscape of rock and ice on a private tour from Basel to Mount Titlis, traveling by scenic train and an innovative rotating gondola. Since a personal guide will coordinate the transportation—including multiple trains and the gondola—you’ll be free to enjoy the dramatic scenery. The day is yours to customize: Try local specialties in a restaurant with panoramic windows, play in the snow, and more.
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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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