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Basel Attractions

Whether you like to shop up a storm or acquaint yourself with the local restaurant scene, there are tons of things to see and do in Basel. This city is home to many exciting attractions that'll keep your travel itinerary full and you on the go. Whatever you're into, this place has something up its sleeve for you.

Learn what makes Basel tick with the very best tours & day trips. Browse through our top 46 fun activities in Basel, and rest easy knowing that we offer free cancellation and no added fees.

Things to Do in Basel with Kids

There are plenty of memorable experiences in Basel that the whole gang will enjoy. These are some of the most popular family friendly experiences around.

Free Things to Do in Basel

Leave your wallet in the hotel. It's easy to have fun in Basel without spending a cent.

Basel Natural History Museum - Wander the halls and admire the captivating displays and well-curated collections at this popular museum.

Altstadt - You'll feel like you've traveled back in time while wandering around this historic attraction.

Marktplatz - Look up your guidebook and find out why this place deserves a spot on your itinerary.

Martinskirche - Enjoy a little quiet contemplation and discover a few things about this site's religious importance.

Botanischer Garten der Universitat - Renew your mind and body by spending time with Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Basel

Basel City Centre

Museums, art galleries, and historic sites highlight some notable features of Basel City Centre. Make a stop by Congress Center Basel or Messeturm Basel while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Marktplatz Tram Stop or University Tram Stop to get around town.

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Restaurants and river views are notable features of Clara. You might consider a stop by Congress Center Basel while you're exploring the neighborhood.

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Take time in Vorstädte to visit attractions like Caricature and Cartoon Museum and Spalentor. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at University Tram Stop to see more of the city.

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St. Johann

Bars and casinos are notable features of St. Johann. You might consider a stop by Novartis Headquarters while you're exploring the neighborhood.

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Sankt Jakob

If you're spending some time in Sankt Jakob, St. Jakob-Park and St. Jakob-Park Shopping Centre are top sights worth seeing.


Though Breite might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like St. Jakobshalle and Congress Center Basel.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Basel on a rainy day?

A Cheese & Chocolate tour with private tourguide - from Basel is a perfect indoor activity to try out if the weather forecast isn't great.

What is Basel famous for?

Messeturm Basel lives up to its reputation as a local icon you can't miss.

What should I not miss in Basel?

You simply can't go home without crossing off the following list of sensational attractions:

  • Basel Zoo
  • Basler Muenster
  • Beyeler Foundation
  • Spalentor

Are there cheap things to do in Basel?

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What can you do in Basel for free?

Your getaway in Basel needn't cost a bundle with free attractions like these to enjoy:

  • Messeturm Basel
  • Basler Muenster
  • Old Town
  • Marktplatz