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Things to do in Basel

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Tram Station
“Central station with connection to France, Germany and the rest of Switzerland”
  • 35 locals recommend
Plaza
“Basel Messe - Venue of all important trade shows. You can get there by tram 2 from Kunstmuseum or 14, 15 from Aeschenplatz.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Bespoke cocktails and small bites plus sweeping rooftop views. Great bar with views by day, one of Basel's more elegant clubs by night.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Zoo
“a very nice zoo with lots of rare protected species. visit if you can, less than 3 km from the flat”
  • 32 locals recommend
Church
“The Basel Minster, one of the main landmarks and tourist attractions of the Swiss city of Basel, adds definition to the cityscape with its red sandstone architecture and coloured roof tiles. Perfect view of the River Reihn. 20 mins by tram (10) from the appartment. Munsterplatz 9, Basel”
  • 39 locals recommend
Route
“The main cathedral in Basel based in a beautiful square with lovely views over the town and river.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Museum Tinguely is an art museum in Basel, that contains a permanent exhibition of the works of Swiss painter and sculptor Jean Tinguely. Located in the Solitudepark by the Rhine, the museum was designed by the Ticinese architect Mario Botta. Paul Sacher Anlage 2, Basel”
  • 44 locals recommend
Electronics Store
“From prestigious luxury brands in fashion and jewelry to libraries, coffee shops and restaurants -along the Freie Strasse you'll be able to find whatever your shopping-heart desires!”
  • 25 locals recommend
History Museum
“The museum has the largest public art collection in Switzerland. With paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings and prints you will be guided through the different art epochs of the last seven centuries. Changing exhibitions make a return visit again and again interesting. Price: CHF 26.00 Opening hours: 10am – 6pm (closed on Monday) Public Transport: tram 15 (direction Messeplatz) until «Kunstmuseum” ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Café
“Arguably the best coffee place in Basel. Sometimes the service is a bit snobby. Gets crowded on weekends.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Playground
“One of Basel's largest parks, Kannenfelpark is a great place to run a few laps or just sit down and enjoy the day”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bus Stop
“A unique and interesting museum, even if you're not very into art. Jean Tinguely makes installations, which you can see all over Basel (one is right in front of the Basel Theatre).”
  • 12 locals recommend
Zoo
“Perfect for kids to show them the large acquarium or as well the many different animals. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“This is a bar with high-quality cocktails (even bartenders go there for a drink on their nights off). Also, the ambience is very nice - the entire place is like a hangar with an industrial vibe, the ceilings are super high and there is plenty of couches.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Big park, right behind our building. Nice, if you want to take a break from the city.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The old military barracks just in front of our flat, now house a series of events all through the year and a lively gastro scene. Of course, the café/bar along the Rhine is must in the sunny summer evenings.”
  • 35 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cocktail Bar
“This is a bar with high-quality cocktails (even bartenders go there for a drink on their nights off). Also, the ambience is very nice - the entire place is like a hangar with an industrial vibe, the ceilings are super high and there is plenty of couches.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Like Asian? This is the place to go. In the evenings make sure to make a reservation.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“As local as it gets: a mirror of the products of our terroir and the cycle of the seasons.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Best italian-style coffee in largest café house in the country! Free WLAN, a lot of space - what else do you need?”
  • 29 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is the point where France, Germany and Switzerland meet. Three country point...”
  • 18 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“This is one of my favorite places to eat. They have a buffet with all kinds of exotic and local high-quality food. It can also quite pricey but it's definitely worth it! Also very vegan-friendly.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Gym
“Place to enjoy thai cuisine. You can also find there indian and japanese dishes, but all of them have thai flavour.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Also a small and cozy café, I'd also definitely recommend. They mostly speak French (but of course also English and German) there, so it is one of the places around here, where you really realize how close this district to other countries is.”
  • 14 locals recommend

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