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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.
  • 2-hour walking tour of Basel
  • Explore Basel’s historic Old Town with a guide, and gain insight into the city’s history and heritage
  • Discover top landmarks including Basel Minster, the Barfüsserkirche and the Museum der Kulturen
  • Admire the modern construction and bold architecture for which Basel is famous
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Professional guide
Commentary in English and German
Food and drinks
Tinguely Fountain , Klostergasse 7, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

Tinguely fountain at Steinenberg / Theatre square

Spalenberg , Spalenberg, Basel, Switzerland
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Depending on the composition of the group, tour commentaries may be given bilingual from Sunday to Friday.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Basel Tourismus
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  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Hearing about some more...
, Aug 2022
Hearing about some more unusual facts about the city-the underlying River, earthquakes, and cathedral.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Michele Thank you very much for your feedback. We would be happy to accompany you again in Basel on another occasion. Best regards from Basel
Mes. Hui is an excellent...
, Aug 2022
Mes. Hui is an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable about history of Basel. She is kind and caring. I highly recommend her. A big thank you to her!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Jaleh Thank you so much for this positive feedback, which we will forward to Hui. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the tour.
Great spots to find in town
, Jul 2022
Despite the terrible heat, the guide was amazing, trying to find shades for us. She spoke 2 languages- English and German - both fluently. She gave us good history about town and walked around cute, hidden spots. Knowing how Switzerland is expensive, this tour was very affordable.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Marika We are very happy about your feedback, which we will immediately forward to our guide. Thank you very much
A nice walk around town
, Jul 2022
We loved hearing about old and new Basal. It was a hot day, but our guide made sure we had plenty of stops in the shade which we really appreciated.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Cynthia Thank you so much for this positive feedback, which we will forward to our guide. We would be glad to accompany you and your guests during another occasion in Basel.
Wonderful tour including history, sights and lessons on the culture of Basel.
, Jul 2022
Rebecca was an excellent guide. She gave us the history and culture of the city of Basel in a delightful and engaging fashion. We were shown around the city, exploring the sights and learning all about what made Basel an interesting and exciting place to visit.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you so much for this positive feedback, which we will forward to Rebekka. We would be glad to accompany you and your guests during another occasion in Basel.
Memorable tour
, Jun 2022
I had an excellent and enjoyable experience with this tour! For an affordable price, I got to appreciate Basel's rich history and culture. I'm also thankful to my tour guide, Anna Hui, for being so informative and fun, and translating everything to me in English perfectly. Would recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Zheng Thank you very much for this good feedback, which we will send to Anna Hui Koch
Nice Introduction to Basel
, Jun 2022
Jasmin was a great tour guide. She shared some very interesting stories about Basel's history. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Basel for the Basel card we received from our hotel. Lesson learned.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you very much for your positive feedback which we will forward to our guide Jasmin. We would be happy to accompany you again in Basel on another occasion. Best regards from Basel
Great introduction to historic Basel.
, Jun 2022
Our guide was very informative and interesting. She was considerate of a woman who was having mobility problems.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your feedback which we will forward to our guide. We are happy to hear that you liked the tour.
Excellent Tour of Old Town Basal
, May 2022
Jasmine was an excellent tour guide. Knowledgeable, polite and friendly. We really appreciated her visual aides. This was best guided tour we have been on on our trip to the Rhine and Alsace. I apologize for dropping out early. It was a bit too much walking for my 84 year-old mother.
Great introduction to Basel!
, Feb 2022
Our guide, Nadia, was very kind and informative. She was clear and easy to hear. Her fluency in English, French, German and Italian was wonderful! The group - English only - was not too big and Nadia did a great job answering everybody's questions. We highly recommend this tour as a way of experiencing Basel's old town and learning a bit about its history.
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Michele D
, Nov 2019
Really nice and lovely guide but a bit light on the historic side. I would have liked more details on the town and it's different parts we walked through. Missing a bit of meat but a really pleasant tour
walking tour with architecteral and historical references
, Oct 2019
A large group but guide spoke clearly , was very animated and informed. Was two hours well spent and as it was our first day in the city , an excellent orientation.
Interesting and Informative
Surya D
, Aug 2019
The tour is very interesting and informative. The guide was very enthusiastic and more importantly knowledgeable and candid. I wish we had more time with her. The reasons for lower rating are (a) it was too big a group, so sometimes it was tough to hear and (b) it was a bilingual group and the guide had to keep repeating everything in German and English - this was annoying to say the least.
The tour was a waste of time because...
, Jun 2018
The tour was a waste of time because there was a lot of waiting around. There were two groups, english and german group. 25 people total who joined this tour, we have to wait for the guide to say the same thing in two different language. Also there are so many people, we cant hear most of the time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent tour very thorough and...
Steven G
, Apr 2018
Excellent tour very thorough and covered much of the old town. Full of interesting stories about the city and the Swiss.
Booked English speaking tour. Got...
, Oct 2017
Booked English speaking tour. Got German/English. We would have been okay with split language, if equal time to each.. Not so. English version was a fraction of the German version. The sites were interesting and the guide was knowledgeable but lost interest before the conclusion and left due to having to listen to a language I don't understand for large stints of time. Also, the guide was soft spoken so very hard to hear her when near congestion, which was large portion of the tour.
Brilliant tour around Basel. As a...
, Oct 2017
Brilliant tour around Basel. As a first time traveler to Basel the tour gave a wonderful insight to the history and creation of this beautiful city. Tour commentary was very extensive and informative. Great tour to familiarize yourself on arrival.
Maria was an excellent tour guide...
Wayne E
, Jul 2017
Maria was an excellent tour guide. She alternated between English and German for her guests which were split fairly evenly. Understanding a little German, it was clear that she was imparting the same information to both groups and showed no favoritism even though the German seemed to take a little longer, that's just the vagaries of the language. It was a hot afternoon and Maria did her best to find shade for us when possible and gave us a break and chance to sit for a while during our visit to the cathedral. She also showed us the public drinking stations which are located throughout the city and provided glasses we could use to stay hydrated. Maria was friendly, polite and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend her to anyone thinking of taking this tour and learning a bit more about Basel.
Interesting tour with lots of...
, May 2017
Interesting tour with lots of variety in the areas showcased and the related stories. Participants were organized into smaller groups based on language preference, enabling the guides to give unilingual presentations and cover much more than would otherwise be possible. Pace was relaxed but efficient. Our guide spoke excellent English.
The tour was lead in both English...
Mila Y
, May 2017
The tour was lead in both English and German. The tour guide would most of the time speak in German, with only a few sentences summary after that in English. The guide also spoke quite quiet and it was very difficult for us the hear her.

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