Basel audio tour: The Best of Basel: A Guide to the City’s Highlights and Hidden Treasures

The Best of Basel: A Guide to the City’s Highlights and Hidden Treasures

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1.1mi

About the Tour

Switzerland’s only port city is one with a tremendous personality that beckons to be discovered. Join me on a walking tour through the heart of Basel, a crossroads for France, Germany and Switzerland, where cultures meet and coexist.

On this tour, we’ll journey through the well preserved old town and see a mix of medieval and modern architecture. You’ll hear about the city’s legends, its history, and the people who shaped itl. Along the way, I’ll show you contemporary Basel and tell you about all the local festivals. You’ll also find out about the city’s reputation for art and humanism, starting with the publishing industry in the 1400s, and proudly continuing today with the international Art Basel fair. Here, in the country’s smallest canton, you’ll find over 40 museums and the oldest University in Switzerland. Of course, our tour would not be complete without the Rhine River, the Romans and chocolate!

During the course of our walk, the curious will discover:

• The difference between Klein Basel and Gross Basel
• Which sculpture was banned from the Market Square
• Where to find the tomb of the only queen buried in Switzerland
• How locals cross the Rhine River
• Who Erasmus was, and why he was called “the last man who knew everything”
• Whether Basel really is the birthplace of confetti

Join me in discovering how much more Basel has to offer besides art. Allow at least an hour to get the most out of this tour, and to savour some incredible chocolate!

Tour Producer

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Cynthia Toole

I am a tour guide, teacher and independent business owner (www.swisswalkingtours.com). With my many years of exploration and experience I am able to bring you all that I have uncovered. It is great fun to introduce visitors and locals to the legends, history and delights of a city. Usually I share all this live but thanks to VoiceMap you can come along with me any day or time and discover!

Major Landmarks

  • Rathaus (Cityhall)

  • Muenster (Cathedral)

  • Carnival (Tinguely) Fountain

  • Mittlere (Middle) Bridge

  • Barfusserplatz

  • Blue and White House’s

  • Marktplatz (Market Square)

  • Rhine River

  • Klein Basel

Directions to Starting Point

From the train station it is about a 16 minute walk. Trams 8, 11 and 16 are an option, they stop at the Marktplatz coming from the train station. There are numerous other trams possibilities arriving from various directions. The tour begins in the center of the Marktplatz in Basel‘s Old Town. Pick a spot near the square’s center facing the beautifully colored town hall and press play.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

At the end of the tour you may want to try a local sweet, Lackerli. This Basel tradition is a hard biscuit made of almonds, honey, hazelnut and other good things. It is a short walk from our last stop to the nearby Basel Lackerli House on Gerbergasse 57.

If you are hungry, consider Confiserie Schiesser at Marktplatz 19, is a great place for a warm drink, snack or light lunch.

Best time of day

This tour can be enjoyed anytime. Chances are you will see more during the daylight hours and experience less crowds in the early mornings. Please note the doors to the Museum of Culture archway are closed on Mondays.

Precautions

Basel is a safe city, anyone can comfortably walk the tour and is the perfect activity to do alone. That said no matter where you find yourself always make safe choices. There are lots of cobblestones so wear comfortable shoes and if you have a water bottle there are plenty of opportunities to refill it along the way.

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The Best of Basel: A Guide to the City’s Highlights and Hidden Treasures