Looking for Amazing Things to Do in Basel? You’ve Come to the Right Post!
“Where are you, on the French or Swiss side?” This was the first sentence I overheard while exiting the EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg. Like Basel itself, the city’s airport is at the crossroads between 3 countries: Switzerland, France and Germany.
I exited the airport on the Swiss side, but I could very well have gone down another corridor and ended up in France. This international theme was to characterize my stay in Basel.
Indeed, the sheer number of things to do in Basel attest to the city’s cultural heritage and pan-European flair. You’ll soon see why you should add a stop here to any Swiss itinerary.
Pro Tip: if you’re planning to visit more than just Basel on your Swiss adventure, you’ll be able to save SO much money and access unlimited public transport across the entire country with a Swiss Travel Pass. (Which, by the way, also provides you with free or reduced-priced entry to epic museums and cultural institutions!)
Getting to and Around Basel
Getting to Basel from the airport is a piece of cake, and it costs nothing if you have an overnight booking at any of the city’s hotels.
From the airport, hop on Bus 50, which goes straight to the main train station. Once in Basel, you’ll be able to take advantage of an extensive network of buses and trams.
Upon check-in at your hotel, you’ll receive a free Basel Card, granting you unlimited access to Basel’s public transport network and wifi, as well as generous discounts on numerous attractions. You’ll be all set to explore the many things to do in Basel!
21 Unique Things to do in Basel
I must admit, I wasn’t expecting there to be so many things to do in Basel.
I was in town for the city’s famous Museums Night, an evening where over 200 exhibits ran till late, with public transport ferrying people between activities in France, Germany and Switzerland.
However, I soon realized that I would have to spend at least a week in Basel to take advantage of all of the city’s offerings.
Food & Coffee in Basel
Of all the things to do in Basel, dabbling in the city’s gastronomic scene should be at the top of any foodie’s list.
Join a Self-Guided Food Tour
The best way to become acquainted with Basel’s food scene is to join a self-guided food tour organized by the city.
You’ll discover 4 unique venues, from historic cafes to an international food market. At each spot, you’ll be given vouchers to sample a variety of dishes and drinks, so make sure to start with an empty stomach!