Hello dears!

Welcome back to the blog! Today I am sharing with you some of the things to do in Basel. Since Art Basel is happening this week, I went exploring last week to do some research and bring to you this article!

Have you been to Basel, what places would you recommend? Comment below!

15 things & places to do & see in Basel

1.-Rathaus (Town Hall) and Marktplatz

One of the most beautiful and colorful buildings in Basel is Rathaus (Town hall) that hosts the Cantonal Parliament and administrative offices. The red brights and contrasts the blue sky and the gold reminds us that Basel was a very important city for commerce when it was build 500 years ago.

This is not the original architecture it has expanded. At first there was no tower and only the 3 arches were build.

The colored tiles make reference to the Cathedral and also the roofs in Bourgogne, it was fashionable back then and we are thankful for that since it is absolutely beautiful!

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Le Tabouret

2.- Take a drink by the Rhine & swim with your fish!

A Basel tradition during Summer is to go one of the Buvette by the Rhine and spend the evening there watching the sunset. My personal favorite was Flora Buvette with its pink tables and lightbulbs.

Another Basel tradition are the fish! But not any fish, Wickelfisch; these are colored and they work as hermetic clothes storage and inflatable! They have all sorts of colors and people put their clothes inside and personal belongings, add some air, scroll 7 times and hop to the water and let themselves train by the flow until they reach their favorite Buvette!

Behind Tinguely Museum there is a beach were you can enter the river easily.

Flora Buvette 

3.- Walk around Kleinbasel & florastrasse

Kleinbasel or smallbasel is a popular and up-coming neighbourhood in Basel. It used to be the “hot” neighbourhood where you would not hang out at night; but today? There are plenty of cute restaurants, cafes and bars and has become a cool neighbourhood.

My favorite Cafe there was Flore Cafe, it is also known as the “instagramers” cafe since it looks like a Parisian Cafe and you can hang there and take pictures and be judged by people passing by LOL!

Next to the Flore Cafe you have florastrasse a street that takes you to the Rhine and that is full of flowers and roses and colorful houses! Simply beautiful! At the end of the street you will find Flora Buvette !

More about Kleinbasel

Flore Cafe

4.- Walk around the Old Town

The old town of Basel is absolutely wonderful, every street is a piece of history and the houses are 1 cuter that the other.

I loved Andrew Square, with the yellow chairs and big tree in the middle. You know why there is a square like this in the middle of the old town? It used to be a Church and then it was emptied and they stocked grain and food inside, these brought rats and filthy animals so people complaint… they finally decided to take it down and have a nice square!

An interesting fact about the old town is that you can see the year the houses where build, going up to 1300 !

Also, Basel’s old town used to have a wall protecting and keeping safe the city, a terrible earthquake took a part down and little by little it was all removed. However you can see one of the gates and also at Der Teufelhof Basel hotel you can ask to go inside to the ground floors and observe part of the wall.

5.- Check the rock n roll graffiti wall

Inside the old town you have a particular wall that contrasts completely with all the other decor and architecture of the Old Town. This wall (photo below) started thanks to the bar in front, the owner was tired of having ugly grafittis and tags in the windowless wall in front of this bar, so he asked one day a guy he caught doing a grafitti to do a nice one and that is how it all started!

Address: L’UNIQUE | House of Rock | Gerbergässlein 20 | 4051 Basel

6.- Buy Christmas Decorations at Johann Wanner

A stunning boutique in the old town, where you can buy really beautiful Swiss Souvenirs (not the typical ugly ones) and all year long the most original and extravagant Christmas decorations. The store goes on and on and on, with piles of colored decors full of glitter and original shapes!

Address: Spalenberg 14, 4051 Basel

7.- Visit the Cathedral

The Cathedral is one of the most important buildings in Basel, built Catholic and turned protestant after the reformation it is intrinsically part of the history of Basel. Known as Munster Basel, you will be able to enjoy splendid views of Basel from the terrace behind the Cathedral.

More about the Cathedral

8.- Breakfast at La Manufacture (Elisabethen)

One of the best places to go for breakfast is La Manufacture , thank you Sandra for the reco! They serve toasts and açai bowls. For brunch you can order a burger or any of their famous sandwiches!

9.- Take a break at  Unternehmen Mitte

I loved this place the minute we walked in I loved the vibe and the decor. Bank turned into a living city space, it has a lot of charm and history through its walls.
Ideal to grab a coffee and sit in your computer to type some emails, or read a book in the offline zone, pick up some flowers in the way out or buy a Freitag bag.

Address:  Gerbergasse 30, 4001 Basel

10.- Go to Art Basel

Art Basel is one of the most important and biggest modern art fairs in the world. Once a year, in June, Artists and Buyers, Gallerists and Art Passionates gather in Basel to admire what is new and upcoming, who are the new artists to follow and what will happen next year in the world of ART!

Official Website 

11.- Lunch at ZaZaa

If Lebanese is your weakness, then you will love this place. Magdalena from @girlinbasel took me there for our lunch date and I love it! So good, fresh and colorful! It is also very close from the city center, therefore accesible walking from old town.

We ordered the Mezze for two, do the same!

12.- Go to Hotel des Trois Rois

The most luxurious hotel in Basel Hotel des Trois Rois is a true Gem. I stayed there with Solene from Inspiration for Travellers in 2016 and the experience was memorable! We had the most beautiful room in the middle of the hotel with a balcony and blue satin covered walls, we enjoyed a 3 michelin star lunch at Cheval Blanc.

If you are in Basel you definitely need to try something in the hotel, a tea in the morning or a drink by sunset. It is totally worth it!


14.- See and walk at the border triangle

France, Germany and Switzerland meet in one single place and this is in Basel! How unique is that? You can enjoy a drink here and during Summer there is a beach atmosphere with its sand, palm trees and cocktail bar !

Also you can take a “Rhytaxi” water taxi while in Basel!

Address: Dreiländereck, Westquaistrasse 75 , 4057 Basel

15.- Visit a museum! 

Basel has many beautiful and interesting museums, one of the most known and that should not be missed is Kunstmuseum since it is the largest public art collection in Switzerland.

An amazing one too is the Fondation Beyeler with works from classic modernism

Check the full list here

Top Museums here

Where to sleep?

  • Hotel Basel – I stayed at hotel Basel for this trip and really appreciated the location, great welcome and superb breakfast! ($$)
  • Hotel des Trois Rois – Beautiful 5 Star hotel in the heart of Basel! ($$$)

More hotels in Basel here 

Thank you Basel Tourism, Sandra from Entre Dois and Madgdalena from Girl in Basel for showing me around Basel and taking me to your favorite places! Can’t wait to come back for ArtBasel 2019 in a few days!

Which ones are your favourite places in Basel?

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Diana Casalis

Diana Casalis

Founder & Writer at livingeneva.com

Diana was born and raised in Mexico and considers Geneva her second home. She studied Hospitality at Les Roches School of Hotel Management in Switzerland and loves to share everything regarding food, travel, hotels and special spots. She hold several collaborations including Kempinski Hotels, Dorchester Collection Hotels, Forbes Travel Guide, Caviar House & Prunier and many more.
She writes at livingeneva.com, dianacasalis.com regularly and has occasional collaborations with: EasyJet magazine, Forbes & other blogs.


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15 things & places to do & see in Basel
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15 things & places to do & see in Basel
1.- Rathaus (Town Hall) and Marktplatz 2.- Take a drink by the Rhine 3.- Walk around Kleinbasel & florastrasse 4.- Walk around the Old Town 5.- Check the rock n roll graffiti wall 6.- Buy Christmas Decorations at Johann Wanner 7.- Visit the Cathedral 8.- Visit one of the 30 Museums 9.- Breakfast at La Manufacture (Elisabethen) 10.- Take a break at Unternehmen 11.- Go to Art Basel 12.- Lunch at ZaZaa 13.- Go to Hotel des Trois Rois 14.- Place where the 3 countries meet 15.- Rooftop bar
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