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Insider tips

Everyone does their research before planning a trip to Basel, but does anyone consider the best practices once they get there? You don’t want your guests to travel around Basel unawares or unprepared, so here’s a list of travel tips to make their trip just that bit easier.

Border triangle

Basel Region

The point at which Germany, France and Switzerland converge and boats sail off towards the North Sea is also a transport hub for the supply of raw materials to Switzerland. A unique meeting place for three countries, languages and cultures.


Guest Wifi Basel

Basel offers guests staying overnight the possibility of surfing free of charge in the city’s own WiFi network. The «Guest WiFi Basel» is available at various locations close to major sights and squares in the city. Information about accessing the free WiFi is provided at the booked accommodation.


The «Wickelfisch»

The "Wickelfisch", a unique Basel invention, is a watertight sack that keeps your clothes dry whilst swimming. It costs CHF30 and is available from our tourist information centres. A special edition "Wickelfisch" from our summer competition last year is also available for purchase exclusively at the centres.



Basel Zentrum

Take a trip across the Rhine in style and comfort on one of the four ferries that connect Kleinbasel with Grossbasel.


BaselCitytour - Sightseeing Bus Basel

Embark on a different type of voyage of discovery: Several times a day, Panoramabus tours each day offer you the opportunity to discover the most beautiful places and to board or leave the bus where you wish.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Language: German, English, French
  • Group size: 1 - 35 participants
from CHF 24 per person 


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Tierpark Lange Erlen

The Erlenpark is home to monkeys, rodents, water birds, reptiles and even a blue peacock. They all coexist peacefully in the park and welcome inquisitive visitors. In addition to the small zoo, the Erlenpark invites visitors to enjoy a delicious ice cream or iced coffee in its restaurant.


Autumn fair

The autumn fair is more than a normal funfair or carnival. For two weeks seven of the city's squares are transformed with fairground rides and delicious culinary treats. The numerous stalls of the large market on Petersplatz are even open for two days longer.

French, Homelike, Regional 

Brasserie und Bar Volkshaus Basel

Basel Zentrum

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phone +41 61 690 93 10

This traditional local was reopened in March 2012 following an extensive makeover. Redesigned by Herzog & de Meuron, this French brasserie and classic bar, with courtyard beer garden with scatt...

Homelike, Regional 


Basel Zentrum

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phone +41 61 692 92 00

Innovative cuisine with a sense for traditional specialities, always fresh and homemade. The in-house brewery Ueli Bier offers four different beers on tap....


Shop with a local

Where do the people of Basel prefer to shop? Have them show you and book a free shopping trip with one of our shopping companions. Discover the shops in the Old Town, stroll through the most attractive markets and discover the latest stores.