Book Basel. A sales guide.
Contents. Facts & figures
Sights to see & places to go
Tours & trips in Basel
Art & culture
Tours & trips around Basel
Switzerland compact – 4 day-tour
Best of Switzerland – 8 day-tour
Heart of Europe – 5 day-tour
Guided tours for groups
Facts & figures. Basel is a unique and delightful city, where proverbial Swiss quality meets a multicultural population in the border area with France and Germany. This makes the city unmistakably cosmopolitan, lively and innovative. Perhaps this is the reason why people of Basel know their guests’ needs so well by now and as a result are a dab hand at pampering them.
Population of the canton of Basel Approx. 195,000 Language
German Currency Swiss francs, CHF Exchange rate: EUR 1,00 = approx. CHF 1.25 / GBP 1.00 = approx. CHF 1.50 / USD 1.00 = approx. CHF 1 Climate Basel has a central European continental climate and is one of the warmest regions in Switzerland. It enjoys an above-average number of sunny days. The average temperatures of the last 30 years are: spring, 10.3 °C; summer, 18.8 °C; autumn, 10.5 °C; winter, 2.4 °C. Geography The city of culture on the Rhine is situated at the heart of Europe in the middle of the tri-border region formed by Switzerland, France and Germany. The Black Forest, the Vosges mountains, the Jura mountains and the Alsace are very close to Basel.
Economy In Basel you will find a unique concentration of innovative companies, research institutes and academic institutions, a cosmopolitan culture, an international environment and businessfriendly conditions. The region gives employment to around 300,000 people from both Switzerland and abroad. The city on the Rhine is a centre for life sciences as well as the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. It is also home to many important companies in the logistics, transport and financial services industries. Furthermore, Basel is one of the most important trade fair and congress centres in Switzerland. History Back before our calendar began, Basel had already been occupied by the Celts. In 30 B.C. the city‘s strategically favourable position led the Romans to station their military forces on the hill now occupied by the Cathedral. One key event in the development of the city was the founding of the university in the year 1460. Many of Europe‘s greatest minds came to Basel, which became a veritable centre of humanism and book printing. The Reformation witnessed the growth of the silk weaving and dyeing industries which in turn gave rise to today‘s pharmaceutical and chemical companies. The once fortified settlement is today a financial and commercial hub and a celebrated city of culture.
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Aerial view of Basel
Accessibility. Travelling to Basel is easy. Many international airlines fly to EuroAirport, which is located only 15 minutes from the city centre. Along with Zurich Airport, EuroAirport provides connections to all European airports and to over 200 international destinations. Situated at the heart of Europe, Basel is a central transport hub. The three railway stations – the Swiss Railway Station SBB, the French Railway Station and the German Railway Station – do not only provide excellent connections within Europe, but are also all located directly in the city centre.
EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg - shuttle bus to the city centre: every seven minutes - transfer time to the city centre: 15 minutes - www.euroairport.com
Zurich Airport - hourly direct train connections to Basel - train connections to Basel with one change every half-hour - transfer time: around one hour - www.flughafen-zuerich.ch Frankfurt Airport - hourly direct train connections to Basel - transfer time: approximately three hours - www.frankfurt-airport.de
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An ideal location with good connections guaranteed Direct flights connect Europe, Middle East, Africa, Canada, Latin America and Russia to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, which is located only 15 minutes from the Basel city centre. EuroAirport can be reached from all countries world-wide via the intercontinental hubs (Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Vienna and Paris). Thanks to its unique location, EuroAirport is constantly expanding its network of routes and, as the best developed airport in the Upper Rhine region, provides the gateway to Switzerland, South Germany and East France.
The EuroAirport network* Alicante Dresden Amsterdam Dusseldorf Barcelona Edinburgh Belgrade Frankfurt Berlin Hamburg Bordeaux Istanbul Brussels Izmir Krakow Budapest Lisbon Casablanca
Copenhagen Fast transfers It is easy to find your way around EuroAirport and excellent customer service is provided. As a result, passengers will arrive quickly and easily at the baggage reclaim area. Thanks to the airport’s convenient location, the Basel city centre and the Swiss Railway Station SBB can be reached in just 15 minutes by the very frequent shuttle bus, taxi or car. EuroAirport for passengers, tour operators and airlines EuroAirport’s modern infrastructure offers passengers a wide range of eating and shopping options. Counters and office space are available to tour operators, ensuring optimum customer care at arrival and departure. EuroAirport provides airlines with its wellorganised and efficient infrastructure. The economic cost structure and the ideal transport connections make EuroAirport the attractive gateway to the Basel region, other areas of Switzerland and central Europe for passengers, tour operators and airlines alike. EuroAirport is a stop on the SBB rail network, which means that it is possible to buy train tickets from the airport to all SBB destinations in Switzerland. These also include the bus shuttle to the main railway station.
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Further information about EuroAirport and tourism packages is available at: EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Marketing Department PO Box 142 CH-4030 Basel Phone +41 (0)61 325 31 11 Fax +41 (0)61 325 25 66 firstname.lastname@example.org www.euroairport.com www.fly-euroairport.com
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International rail connections Basel offers direct ICE, IC and EC train connections from Germany, Austria, France, Italy and the Benelux countries, which arrive in the city at all times, day and night.
Mobility Ticket When you check in at a hotel in Basel, you will receive a Mobility Ticket entitling you to free use of public transport in the city and the surrounding areas for the entire duration of your stay.
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Public transport The extensive public transport system will bring you quickly and punctually to wherever you wish to go, including locations in nearby Germany and France.
Buses Basel is located at the crossroads of the European motorway network. Car parks are conveniently located and most hotels also offer parking facilities. There are several coach parks. A tax sticker must be purchased to make use of the Swiss motorways.
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Sights to see & places to go. The Cathedral 1 Together with the Mittlere Brücke, the Cathedral is the most famous landmark of Basel. With its red sandstone walls, colourful roof tiles and twin towers, no other building adorns the cityscape of Basel like the Cathedral. Excellent views over the city can be enjoyed from the Cathedral‘s towers.
Basel exhibition centre 4 The city’s most recent landmark is the new exhibition centre. The central architectural urban feature of the new hall complex, developed by Herzog & de Meuron, is the City Lounge. This covered, public space not only marks the entrance to the exhibitions, but also functions as a meeting place for locals and visitors.
Pfalz 2 The terrace high above the Rhine behind the Cathedral provides a stunning view across the Old Town, far into the tri-border area and as far as the Vosges mountains.
Spalentor The Spalentor is the most impressive of the remaining three city gates from the city’s large fortifications of 1400 and is regarded as one of the most beautiful city gates in Switzerland.
City Hall The Marktplatz is dominated by the magnificent City Hall, the seat of Basel’s government. The council rooms, the atmospheric courtyard, the romantic arcades and the impressive tower are particularly worth visiting.
St. Alban-Tal St. Alban-Tal is a district of the city full of romance and historic buildings. Located between the Rhine and the city centre, it is characterised by its narrow alleys and streams and is also known as the Little Venice of Basel.
Marktplatz Six days a week, fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers are sold at the Marktplatz. Set against the backdrop of the historic Old Town, this market is a colourful event where delicious food of all types can be sampled.
St. Jakob-Park stadium The architects Herzog & de Meuron are well known all over the world. Their most important projects include the Tate Modern in London and the Olympic Stadium in Beijing. The architect duo also created Switzerland’s first multifunctional football stadium: the St. Jakob-Park in Basel.
Mittlere Brücke The Mittlere Brücke is one of the oldest crossing points on the Rhine between Lake Constance and the North Sea. Located at the centre of the bridge is the Käppelijoch, where executions were carried out during the Middle Ages. Border Triangle The tri-border region at the Rhine harbour marks the meeting point between Switzerland, Germany and France. This is also the area where ships depart for the North Sea and is therefore an important hub for the supply of raw materials to Switzerland. Old Town The Old Town of Basel is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful in Europe. In hardly any other city do buildings from the 15th century and those by modern, internationally renowned architects complement each other to form an urban landscape that is both intriguing and harmonious. Hammering Man The Hammering Man, a symbol of the hard-working residents of Basel, is located on Aeschenplatz. The 13.5 metre high artwork by American artist Jonathan Borofsky has been swinging its hammer here continuously since 1989. Tinguely Fountain 3 The famous fountain by Jean Tinguely is situated on the former location of the stage of the old city theatre. With his playful machine sculptures, the Swiss artist created a landmark in the city.
Rhine promenade Basel’s lifeline is the best place to relax. The Rhine promenade is the most popular jogging route in the city and is also the first choice for people out for a stroll or for those in love. The four Rhine ferries Cross the Rhine the way people did 150 years ago: ring the bell at the quay, give the ferryman a sign, and get on the ferries powered only by the natural current of the Rhine. Messeturm by Morger & Degelo At 105 metres, the Messeturm is the tallest building in Basel. Enjoy the sunset from the Bar Rouge on the 31st floor, the highest bar in the city. BIS building by Mario Botta This impressive building designed by famous architect Mario Botta is home to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). The sixstorey building is typical of the style of the architect from the Swiss canton of Ticino. Südpark Südpark provides retail, residential and office accommodation under one roof. The building on the south side of Swiss Railway Station SBB belongs to SBB. This project, designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron, is expected to contribute to the on-going redevelopment of the Gundeldinger area.
Tours & trips in Basel. Walking tour through the historic Old Town 1 Spend two hours following the traces of an exciting past from the Tinguely Fountain across the Cathedral Hill, to the City Hall and along the winding and romantic alleys of the medieval Old Town. Let history come alive!
Vintage tram tours Make yourself comfortable and spend an unforgettable hour discovering historic and modern evidence of the 2000 year-old history of Basel. The vintage tram dating back to the 1920s will allow you to savour wonderful sights of the city.
Basel Zoo 2 Enjoy a day in the jungle without leaving the city. The Basel Zoo, affectionately known as “Zolli”, opened to the public in 1874 and is currently home to around 600 species on 11 hectares. www.zoobasel.ch
Art in the city Stroll through the vast open-air art gallery which Basel has to offer. Many fabulous artworks by Jean Tinguely, Richard Serra, Bettina Eichin and other renowned artists can be discovered gracing the city’s streets and piazzas.
Boat trips on the Rhine 3 Discover Basel and its surroundings from the water. You can do this as part of a boat trip provided by one of the large shipping companies that include Basel in their tours or during one of the tours offered by the Basel tour boat company. The “Rhytaxi” will also take you safely and comfortably across the Rhine. www.bpg.ch/www.rhytaxi-basel.ch
Basel and modern architecture If you are looking for contemporary architectural delights, then Basel is the right place for you. Take a guided tour and discover the many extraordinary buildings by internationally renowned architects such as Mario Botta, Renzo Piano and the Basel architects Herzog & de Meuron. You can also follow a designated route that will take you to some of the most famous and unusual buildings.
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Art & culture. Nearly 40 museums with world renowned exhibitions – this is unique in Switzerland and top class by international standards. With various themed areas, the museums offer something for every taste. Kunstmuseum Basel The Kunstmuseum Basel is one of the oldest public art collections in the world. The museum owns the world’s largest collection of works by the Holbein family and other important works of art from the Renaissance period, including Cranach, Grünewald and Konrad Witz. www.kunstmuseumbasel.ch Fondation Beyeler 1 From Cézanne and van Gogh to Klee, Miró, Warhol and Rothko – one of the most renowned private collections in the world with major works from the classical modern period can be viewed at the Fondation Beyeler. This collection is housed in a splendid museum in Riehen near Basel designed by star architect Renzo Piano. www.fondationbeyeler.ch Schaulager The Schaulager is an institution devoted to conserving, resear ching and teaching contemporary art. It opens to the public occasionally, presenting a special exhibition. www.schaulager.org Museum Tinguely The museum is dedicated to the work of the important Swiss iron sculptor and master of kinetic art Jean Tinguely (1925–1991). The permanent exhibition in the museum building designed by Mario Botta displays machine sculptures, moveable reliefs and sketches from all of the artist’s creative periods. www.tinguely.ch
Vitra Design Museum The museum is located in a building designed by Californian architect Frank O. Gehry and is one of the leading museums of industrial furniture design and architecture. www.design-museum.de Open-air art Whether you are walking through the alleys of the Old Town or just sitting on a park bench – art is everywhere in Basel. Serra, Borofsky, Rodin and Niki de Saint Phalle are just some of the artists whose works you will find here. Classical music Have you already heard Basel’s orchestras? They may well have performed where you live, as both the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Basel Chamber Orchestra have already won the hearts of international audiences. Basel Theatre The Basel Theatre is Switzerland’s largest three-section theatre and performs a wide range of opera, drama and ballet. It has three main venues – the large stage, the small stage and the drama house. www.theaterbasel.ch
Shopping. If you enjoy getting to know a city while you shop, then Basel is the right place for you, as shopping and sightseeing can easily be combined here. You will find everything from luxurious designer names such as Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Rolex, to shoes, fashion, books and specialities, from small boutiques to exclusive antique bookshops and cosmopolitan department stores.
Freie Strasse Basel’s famous shopping street is located in the heart of the city. With over 150 shops, it is an inviting place to go on a long shopping spree. You will find everything here, from famous brands to small boutiques and large department stores. Spalenberg The boutiques on Spalenberg have their own charm and special customers. For example, the long-standing traditional Christmas shop of Johann Wanner sells its wares to the Vatican, the White House and Queen Elizabeth II. Basel labels Even in clothing labels, Basel has been making history. Many young designers create clothes for fashion-conscious people. A good example is Erfolg: for over ten years, this trendy label has been well-known far beyond the Swiss borders. It is successful and offers affordable prices.
Markets You aren’t looking for something new, but rather for something special? Then the best thing would be for you to visit the flea market held at Petersplatz on Saturday mornings, where you can make some real finds. During the week, fresh regional vegetables and other products are sold at Marktplatz. Shopping malls The Stücki shopping centre provides a modern shopping atmosphere near the city centre. Large shops and smaller boutiques offer a range of goods that is unique in the region. Enjoy a pleasant shopping trip or just while away the afternoon in a café with a view of all the hustle and bustle. Or visit the shopping mall at St. Jakob-Park. In this unique environment you can shop in comfort. www.stuecki-shopping.ch, www.st-jakob-park.com Christmas market 1 In the heart of the historic Old Town at Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz – one of the most beautiful squares in Basel – lies the beautiful Christmas market with a very special charm of its own. On both locations traders and practitioners of arts and crafts from all over Switzerland and the Basel region offer their goods and give a demonstration of their skills. www.baslerweihnacht.ch
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Basel specialities Läckerli is Basel’s best-known speciality. However, the range of many other sweet delicacies made by the Läckerli Huus does not make choosing easy! www.laeckerli-huus.ch
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Swiss Indoors Basel
Event highlights. Basel Carnival 10 – 12 Mar 2014, 23 – 25 Feb 2015 At exactly 4 am on Monday after Ash Wednesday, the lights in the whole city are switched off and Basel Carnival begins with the traditional parade, the Morgenstreich. The city is turned on its head during the following three days. www.fasnachts-comite.ch Baselworld 27 Mar – 3 Apr 2014, 19 – 26 Mar 2015 About 100,000 visitors from the specialist retail and whole-sale trade make their way to Basel from all over the world to discover the current trends and view the latest creations from the watch and jewellery sectors. www.baselworld.com International Jazz Festival Basel 4 Apr – 10 May 2014, Apr 2015 The international Jazz Festival Basel is certainly an exciting event in the contemporary music calendar. It features promising musicians, great male and female singers, percussionists, sensational pianists and guitarists, as well as performances by larger bands. Each year, you can look forward to the very best of jazz with top national and international names from the current jazz scene. www.offbeat-concert.ch Art Basel 19 – 22 June 2014, 18 – 21 June 2015 Art Basel offers art from the 20th and 21st centuries and is undisputedly considered the most important fair of the international art market. Over 300 carefully selected exhibitors from galleries all over the world turn the fairground into the most important museum on time. www.artbasel.com Basel Tattoo 18 – 26 Jul 2014, 17 – 25 Jul 2015 Based on the world-famous Edinburgh Tattoo, the Basel Tattoo is held
against the historic backdrop of the Basel barracks during the summer. Audiences are delighted by bagpipes, brass instruments and traditional dance. www.baseltattoo.ch Swiss Indoors Basel – ATP World Tour 500 1 18 – 26 Oct 2014, 17 – 25 Oct 2015 As one of the most important indoor tournaments in the world, the Swiss Indoors Basel represents the most significant event in the Swiss sporting calendar. Each year, the world’s tennis elite gathers in the city. The world-class player Roger Federer has a special relationship with his home tournament and tries to be there whenever possible. www.swissindoorsbasel.ch Baloise Session 24 Oct – 13 Nov 2014, Oct / Nov 2015 Since 1986, this festival has presented big names from the international music scene in small locations with an intimate nightclub atmosphere. Some of the most famous artists of pop, soul, rock, latin, blues, R&B and contemporary jazz perform at this festival. www.baloisesession.ch Basel Autumn Fair 25 Oct – 9 Nov 2014, 24 Oct – 8 Nov 2015 The Basel Autumn Fair is an experience for young and old. The many rides, the culinary variety and the colourful market on Petersplatz have something to offer each and every visitor. www.messen-maerkte.bs.ch/herbstmesse Christmas market 27 Nov – 23 Dez 2014, 26 Nov – 23 Dez 2015 The highly attractive Christmas market is held at the heart of the city centre, nestled into the historic Old Town. Traders and artisans from all over Switzerland and the region offer their wares or demonstrate their skills at brightly lit stands and chalets. www.baslerweihnacht.ch
Marilyn Monroe on the terrace of her Hollywood apartment in May 1953 (Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt, © getty images)
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Exhibition highlights. Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel 1 Private Marilyn – the person behind the concept of Monroe, 19 Oct 2013 – 6 April 2014 In this unique special exhibition, more than 700 original memorabilia and personal items of the extraordinary icon Marilyn Monroe will be displayed in Switzerland for the first time. The exhibition takes a look behind the facade of the glamorous Hollywood film star Marilyn Monroe, who – despite her death some decades ago – still captivates our attention.
Museum Tinguely Kristof Kintera, 11 Jun – 29 Sep 2014 With irony and mischief the young Czech artist Kristof Kintera turns art and life on their heads. With his dysfunctional machines with absurd add-ons, he has Tinguely‘s aesthetic to a “T”. With him he shares an extremely extroverted and critical artistic attitude that questions, pulls apart or reconfigures everything. This solo exhibition, his biggest so far, will present all facets of his versatile creativity.
Kunstmuseum Basel James Ensor, 16 Feb – 25 May 2014 Ghosts, skulls, skeletons and other macabre figures characterise the work of James Ensor. His works are bizarre, ironic, sometimes aggressive and provocative, and always driven by a profound sense of humour. This exhibition features almost 60 paintings and just as many drawings, some of which are being exhibited for the first time.
Fondation Beyeler Gustave Courbet, 7 Sep 2014 – 18 Jan 2015 Gustave Courbet is one of the greatest painters of the 19th century. With his provocative paintings and the emphasis he places on his individuality as an artist, his work heralds Modernism. The Fondation Beyeler is devoting an exhibition to this first avantgarde artist that will bring together his self-portraits, his representations of women and his paintings of grottos, the sea, as well as highlighting his strategy of ambiguity and the innovative way in which he treats colour.
Schaulager Paul Chan, 12 Apr – 19 Oct 2014 Schaulager presents the first major solo exhibition of the US artist Paul Chan. He is one of the most versatile and unpredictable artists of his generation and certainly one of the most original voices in contemporary art today. The artist‘s scope ranges from sculpture, drawings and installation to light projections, animations, invented fonts and site-specific interventions. Fondation Beyeler Gerhard Richter, 18 May – 7 Sep 2014 Fondation Beyeler is staging the first major Swiss exhibition of probably the most significant painter of modern times. It unites for the first time works conceived by Gerhard Richter as series, cycles and rooms during his various creative periods. These include abstract and figurative works, including portraits and landscapes.
Vitra Design Museum Alvar Aalto, 27 Sep 2014 – Mar 2015 The architect and designer Alvar Aalto is known as one of the leading protagonists of a “different” modernism. The exhibition presents a selection of his most important buildings, as well as furniture, lights and other objects.
Event calendar. January Longines CSI Basel International world-class jumping tournament
09.01. – 12.01.14 15.01. – 18.01.15
Vogel Gryff 13.01.14 Large traditional celebration in Kleinbasel 20.01.15 Basel Museum Night 17.01.14 At a late hour the Basel museums open their 16.01.15 doors with an extraordinary programme February Muba The large experiencing and purchasing fair
14.02. – 23.02.14 06.02. – 15.02.15
BScene – Basel Club Festival 28.02. – 01.03.14 North-western Switzerland‘s largest Mar 15 club festival March Basel Carnival 1 The city goes crazy on the “three most beautiful days” of Basel’s inhabitants
10.03. – 12.03.14 23.02. – 25.02.15
Im Fluss 2 Raft on the Rhine with various concerts Swiss National Day Celebration on the Rhine Public festival in the city centre with fireworks Orange Cinema Large open-air cinema on Münsterplatz
29.07. – 16.08.14 Jul / Aug 15 31.07.14 31.07.15 31.07. – 24.08.14 Jul / Aug 15
August Basel Rhine Swimming 3 The big Rhine swimming event is a tradition for locals and visitors
Em Bebbi sy Jazz The Basel jazz festival in the Old Town
Theaterfestival Basel 22.08. – 07.09.14 International theatre festival on various stages Aug / Sep 16 Augusta Raurica Roman Festival Experience the everyday life of the ancient Romans
30.08. – 31.08.14 29.08. – 30.08.15
Badminton Swiss Open 11.03. – 16.03.14 International badminton tournament 10.03. – 15.03.15 with world-class players
Slow up A car-free day
Baselworld The international watch and jewellery fair
IWB Basel Marathon 28.09.14 Marathon with music along the route Sep 15
27.03. – 03.04.14 19.03. – 26.03.15
International Jazz Festival Basel 04.04. – 10.05.14 International jazz festival with Apr 15 world-class musicians Blues Festival Basel Blues festival with international musicians
08.04. – 13.04.14 14.04. – 19.04.15
May Young Stage 17.05. – 20.05.14 World‘s best young professional artists May 15 compete at the international circus festival European Youth Choir Festival EJCF 28.05. – 01.06.14 Youth choirs from all over Europe May 16 June Circus Knie Switzerland’s largest circus on a visit to Basel
13.06. – 25.06.14 June 15
Art Basel The international art fair
19.06. – 22.06.14 18.06. – 21.06.15
Swiss Indoors Basel – ATP World Tour 500 World’s best tennis
18.10. – 26.10.14 17.10. – 25.10.15
Baloise Session International music festival
24.10. – 13.11.14 Oct / Nov 15
Basel Autumn Fair The oldest and largest funfair in Switzerland
25.10. – 09.11.14 24.10. – 08.11.15
November Palazzo Colombino Prize-winning artists and culinary delights in the out of the ordinary theatre
21.11.14 – 18.01.15 Nov 15 – Jan 16
Christmas market The unique feel of Christmastime in Basel
27.11. – 23.12.14 26.11. – 23.12.15
Basel City Run 29.11.14 The largest running event in 28.11.15 north-western Switzerland December
July Summerblues 04.07.14 Fifth edition of the Kleinbasel blues festival 05.07.15
Women’s Top Volley International International women’s volleyball tournament
Basel Tattoo Open air show with outstanding formations from all over the world
Fireworks on the Rhine Public festival
18.07. – 26.07.14 17.07. – 25.07.15
27.12. – 29.12.14 27.12. – 29.12.15 31.12.14 31.12.15
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Basel Rhine Swimming
Restaurants. Traditional and typical Swiss food* Hasenburg 1 54 Käfer Stube Basel 100 Löwenzorn 130 Safran Zunft 100 Schlüsselzunft 100 Schnabel 90 Schützenhaus 180 Walliserkanne 120 Zum Braunen Mutz 200 Zum Gifthüttli 100 Places to be* Acqua Atelier (Hotel Der Teufelhof Basel) 2 Atlantis Cantina Don Camillo Fischerstube Kunsthalle Les Gareçons Noohn Tibits Volkshaus Basel
Internet 30 www.basel.com/hasenburg 30 www.kaefer-schweiz.ch 130 www.loewenzorn.ch 280/60/40/20 www.safran-zunft.ch 130 www.schluesselzunft.ch 50 www.restaurant-schnabel.ch 180 www.schuetzenhaus-basel.ch 60 www.walliserkanne-basel.ch - www.braunermutz.ch 60 www.gifthuettli.ch
Internet 65/80 - www.acquabasilea.ch 100 120 www.teufelhof.com 70 30 – 300 www.atlan-tis.ch 60 - www.cantina-doncamillo.ch 97 20 – 60 www.restaurant-fischerstube.ch 300 240 www.restaurant-kunsthalle.ch 30 – 60 30/200 www.lesgarecons.ch 250 - www.noohn.ch 175/130 - www.tibits.ch 100 400 www.volkshaus-basel.ch
Haute cuisine* Bel Etage (Hotel Der Teufelhof Basel) 70 Cheval Blanc (Hotel Les Trois Rois) 35 Chez Donati 120 Gasthof zum Goldenen Sternen 85 Schloss Binningen 45 Schloss Bottmingen 50 Stucki 80
Internet 80 www.teufelhof.com - www.lestroisrois.com - www.lestroisrois.com 80/70/30/20 www.sternen-basel.ch 10 – 80 www.schlossbinningen.ch 10 – 300 www.weiherschloss.ch 150 www.stuckibasel.ch
Asian food* Internet Bajwa Palace Indian Restaurant 50 - www.bajwapalace.ch Jeffery‘s Thai Restaurant Erawan 150 - www.jefferys.ch Namamen Japanese Ramenbar 40 - www.namamen.ch Negishi Sushi Bar 35 - www.negishi.ch Nooch 115 - www.nooch.ch Xiao Lu‘s 105 65 www.xiaolus.ch Nightlife* Internet Bar Les Trois Rois 35 - www.lestroisrois.com Bar Rouge 3 350 - www.barrouge.ch Café des Arts 100 - www.desarts-basel.ch Campari Bar 75 120 www.restaurant-kunsthalle.ch Cargo Bar 85 - www.cargobar.ch Eo Ipso 120 - www.eoipso.ch
* A selection of restaurants
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Hotel Hilton Basel Swissôtel Le Plaza Basel Hotel Basel Hotel D Hotel Euler Hotel Merian am Rhein Hotel Metropol Hotel Palazzo Pullman Basel Europe Radisson Blu Hotel Hotel Ramada Plaza Basel
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Hotel Spalentor Hotel St. Gotthard Basel qqqq Hotel Victoria qqq S Airport Hotel Basel qqq S Hotel Dorint An der Messe Basel qqq S Hotel Krafft Basel qqq S Hotel Schweizerhof qqq S Best Western Hotel Stücki qqq S Hotel Der Teufelhof Basel qqq Aparthotel Adagio Basel City qqq Hotel Balade qqq Hotel Basilisk qqq Hotel Bildungszentrum 21 qqq Hotel City Inn qqq Das Breite Hotel qqq Hotel du Commerce qqq Hotel Steinenschanze qqq Hotel Wettstein qq Hotel Ibis Basel Bahnhof qq Hotel Rochat Youth Hostel Basel 2 YMCA Hostel Basel
40 – 1 86 – 3 107 yes 6 167 – 3 171 yes 5 60 yes o. req. 82 – 1 144 yes 6 33 yes 8 76 – – 24 yes – 53 yes – 73 – 6 30 yes 4 36 – – 62 – o. req. 53 – – 40 – – 112 – – 50 yes 2 66 yes 1 44 – –
Hotels in Basel region* qqqq Hotel Bad Schauenburg qqqq Hotel Courtyard by Marriott Basel qqqq Hotel Engel Liestal qqqq* Mövenpick Hotel Egerkingen qqq S Hotel Bad Bubendorf qqq Hotel Im Schlosspark qqq Hotel Schützen Rheinfelden
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www.hotelspalentor.ch www.st-gotthard.ch www.hotelvictoriabasel.ch www.airporthotelbasel.com www.dorint.com/basel www.krafftbasel.ch www.schweizerhof-basel.ch www.hotel-stuecki.ch www.teufelhof.com www.accorhotels.com www.hotel-balade.ch www.hotel-basilisk.ch www.bz21.ch www.cityinn.ch www.dasbreitehotel.ch www.ducommerce.ch www.steinenschanze.ch www.hotel-wettstein.ch www.ibishotel.com www.hotelrochat.ch www.youthhostel.ch/basel www.ymcahostelbasel.ch
www.badschauenburg.ch www.courtyardbasel.ch www.engel-liestal.ch www.moevenpick-hotels.com/egerkingen www.badbubendorf.ch www.schlossbinningen.ch www.hotelschuetzen.ch
Seminar & banquet rooms
Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois
Youth Hostel Basel
Basel region. The three-country region of the Upper Rhine Valley is located in the centre of Europe, along the upper part of the river Rhine, and is a region of appealing differences. Be indulged by famous gastronomy and the excellent regional wines, relax in a spa in various luxury hotels or get to know one of the well-known cities like Freiburg or Strasbourg. The Upper Rhine Valley is easily accessible and also easy to travel by car as well as by public transport. The Schengen visa regulations make travelling from one country to the other simple and pleasant. Colmar The beautiful Old Town of Colmar with its famous quarter known as Little Venice is an appealing place to spend some time. Enjoy specialities from the Alsace in one of the many typical regional restaurants or discover the renowned Isenheim Altarpiece at the Unterlinden Museum, a must for all fans of culture. Strasbourg There is no doubt that Strasbourg is one of Europe’s great cities that you simply have to know and love. Every part of this city has its own identity closely linked to its history and inhabitants. The Old Town is located on an island in the river Ill and has been classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Castles – Haut-Koenigsbourg Alsace is Europe’s richest region in terms of concentration of feudal castles. Indeed, the region has over 400 castle ruins. The HautKoenigsbourg was completely refurbished and is one of the most frequently visited in France. Black Forest The Black Forest area with its dense forests, bright mountain tops, mysterious glacial lakes and romantic valleys is a popular holiday destination for Europeans. Tradition is highly appreciated in the Black Forest. The region is also known for its cuckoo clocks and the Black Forest cherry cake.
Basel country side
Farmhouse inns Farmhouse inns abound in the Vosges mountains and provide catering based on farmhouse produce. Their origin dates back to the 19th century when they opened their doors to ramblers to offer them home made products. Southern Palatinate This charming wine region comprises numerous romantic villages along the famous German wine route. Endless panoramic circular routes, untouched groves of woods and lush green meadows are a treat for hikers, bikers and those wanting to replenish spent energies and seeking tranquillity. Basel country side 1 Basel country side, located at the gates of Basel, offers unspoilt nature, magnificent landscapes and limitless recreational possibilities – all easily accessible both by public transport and car. From the Rhine to the Jura mountains, visitors to the region will find many unknown and exciting areas, which one simply must discover for oneself.
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Musée du Papier Peint Parc Zoologique et Botanique
Château du Ferrette Ferrette Oltingue
Le Glaserberg Winkel
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Hohe Möhr 983 m
De u t s c h la n d
Hohe Flum 535 m
Rheinsaline Riburg Bad Säckingen
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Chellenchöpfli 1157 m
Hintere Egg Waldenburg
Frick Ruine Farnsburg
Aussichtsturm Sissacherfluh Ruine Bischofstein Liestal Ormalingen Rothenfluh 701 m
Therwil Ettingen Reinach
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Château du Landskron
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Petite Camargue alsacienne
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1284 m Steinwasen-Park
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Ecomusée d'Alsace (Ungersheim)
Château de l‘Engelbourg
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Schloßberg 456 m
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Pont de la Hardt/ Hardtbrücke
Ancien Couvent des Domonicains
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Lac du Ballon
Vogelgrün am Rhein Vogelsheim
SanktStephans- Ihringen Münster
Lac de la Launch
Barrage de KruthWildenstein
Eichelspitze 520 m
Les Trois Châteaux
Mémorial de la Ligne Maginot
Zell Brandenkop Hohengeroldseck am Hammersbach 934 m
Col du Wettstein 882 m Le Linge
Lac de Longemer Lac de Retournemer
Lac Noir Lac Vert Col de la Schlucht
Île de Rhinau
Château de Saint Ulrich
Lac Blanc Roche
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Col du Bonhomme
Benfeld G i Ortenbourg es Blienschwiller se Sainte-Marie n Dambach-La-Ville Ebersmunster Col de Saint-Marie aux-Mines Volerie des aigles Scherwiller 884 m v r e t t e Montagne des singes Hilsenheim Liep Muttersholtz Parc minier Tellure Châtenois Maison Val d’Argent Haut-Koenigsbourg Saint Georges de la nature Kintzheim Col des Bagnelles du Ried Saint-Hypolyte
Barr Gertwiller r Mittelbergheim S c h e e Itterswiller
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Col de Saint-Marie
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Col du Haut-du-Bois
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Upper Rhine Valley
Tours & trips around Basel. Half-day trips Trip on the Rhine and to the Roman town 1 of Augusta Raurica You will spend two hours experiencing the region from the water, heading up the Rhine to Kaiseraugst. Following a short walk, you will reach the Roman town of Augusta Raurica, where you will have the chance to view the ancient sites and the Roman museum either on your own or with a guide. Afterwards, you will return to Basel by bus. Wasserfallen in Reigoldswil 2 Treat yourself to a couple of hours of peace and relaxation combined with a lot of fun in the nearby Basel area, which you can reach by bus in just 40 minutes. Feel like you are flying over the magnificent landscape of the north-eastern Jura by taking northwestern Switzerland’s only aerial cableway and enjoy the unspoiled nature. Following a hearty lunch in one of the mountain restaurants, a relaxing or an exciting experience awaits you: adventurous visitors can get to grips with a trip down to the valley on a rented scooter, while those who like hiking can enjoy the wonderful Jura mountains. Freiburg im Breisgau 3 Visit the nearby capital of the Black Forest, which you can reach in less than an hour by bus and rail. Discover the Gothic Münster (cathedral) and the magnificent baroque buildings, and wander through the alleys of the Old Town with their little streams and mosaics made of pebbles from the Rhine, which tell the proud history of the former imperial city.
Arlesheim – Dornach The cathedral with its impressive forecourt is the symbol of Arlesheim and a wonderful place to listen to the magical sounds of organ music. Following your visit to the cathedral, you can walk to Arlesheim Hermitage, the oldest English landscaped garden in Switzerland, where you will be enchanted by the romantic idyllic scenery and the many ponds and grottos. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Goetheanum in Dornach, the centre of the worldwide Anthroposophical Society, which is located in an architecturally interesting building. Jura mountains An impressive landscape of mountains and valleys awaits you only an hour from Basel by car. Among the Jura mountains, you will find many inviting places of historical interest, including the small medieval town St. Ursanne with its imposing abbey, monastery and the Fondation Bellelay, where you can discover the secret of the manufacture of the famous Tête-de-Moine cheese. Mulhouse It is well worth visiting the historical city centre with the Place de la Réunion and its brightly painted facades, which show the charm of the Alsatian way of life. Visit one of the many museums with their world-famous collections or enjoy the delicious regional cuisine in the typical local restaurants.
Tours & trips around Basel
Freiburg im Breisgau
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Europa Park Schluchsee
Tours & trips around Basel
One day and two day trips Europa-Park 1 Spread over an area of 85 hectares and located in the neighbouring region of South Baden, a fantastic world of sensations with many opportunities for adventure attracts visitors. Over 100 exciting attractions and international shows guarantee lots of fun on the rides and unforgettable moments. Experience real exhilaration – only one hour away from Basel. Alsace tours 2 Explore the Alsace by taking a trip along the French wine route, which covers a distance of over 170 kilometres through the Alsace. You will discover small medieval villages at the foot of the Vosges mountains during this wonderful trip along hilly vineyards. Visit one of the traditional wine cellars and learn about the Alsatian wines during a guided tour followed by a tasting. Let yourself fall under the spell of the Alsatian way of life. Black Forest tour 3 Once you are in Basel, you mustn’t miss the chance to visit the Black Forest. This trip will take you via Lörrach and Schopfheim through the Wehra Valley to St. Blasien, a charming little village with an impressive skyline dominated by the third-largest church dome in Europe. Following a guided tour of the cathedral and monastery, enjoy your lunch and a stroll through the village. After wards, travel on to Titisee, enjoying a marvellous view of the magical Black Forest during the trip along Schluchsee. As you return to Basel, a detour to the climatic spa of St. Peter with its lively culture will be an unforgettable addition to the day. Swiss Cities: Zurich and Lucerne Experience the two cities of Zurich and Lucerne. A bus will take you from Basel to Zurich. Discover the city on the river Limmat in a tour followed by lunch at a restaurant in the Old Town. Afterwards, travel on to Lucerne, which you can also explore during a guided tour before returning to Basel.
Pilatus Mount Pilatus, the distinctive symbol of Lucerne, invites you to take an unforgettable “Golden Trip“, a unique round trip by boat, the steepest cogwheel railway in the world, as well as gondola and aerial cableway. The breathtaking view over the Alps is magnifi cent and the international cuisine in the restaurants is delicious. Titlis The Titlis is an extremely popular excursion destination and, at 3,020 metres, the highest mountain in central Switzerland. With three cable cars, including the “Rotair”, the first revolving cable car in the world, a visit to the Titlis glacier is an exhilarating experience. The easy hike to the viewpoint “Stotzig Egg” gives a breathtaking view over the Swiss Alps. There are also a number of restaurants to take care of your every need. Rigi – the queen of the mountains Mount Rigi (1,800 metres above sea level) is Switzerland’s most popular mountain for outings. From the summit you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama view of the Alps, thirteen lakes and the entire Swiss plateau as far as Germany and France. Mount Rigi offers over 100 kilometres of hiking and walking routes. During the winter it is a popular destination for skiing, sledging and winterwalking. The two cogwheel railways and the panorama aerial cableway provide the opportunity for a variety of trips. Mount Rigi can be reached in two hours by railway, boat and mountain railway from Basel.
Incoming Services. Get information on the services of Basel Tourism for travel agencies and tour operators. In Basel Tourism Incoming Services you will find a professional partner for the organisation of your programmes in Basel. The key services include the organisation of your accommodation requirements, the planning and management of social programmes and the organisation of your group trip in Basel and its surrounding areas. Advice - Competent, neutral and professional advice for general information on Basel, hotels and events of all kinds - Incoming Services is your ideal partner to contact for information and coordination in Basel (single point of contact) Hotel reservation - Allows you to book accommodation 365 days of the year - Rooms may be booked in hotels, B&Bs and youth hostels - Best price guarantee for many hotels Events and group trips - Arrange special conditions and prices for a group of rooms and compile an appropriate offer - Administration of block bookings and processing of reservation enquiries; dispatch of booking confirmations within 48 hours - Support in the selection and reservation of suitable locations for lunches and dinners
Group event in Basel
- Planning and organisation of sightseeing programmes, excursions and guided tours - Organisation of all types of transfers - Free supply and delivery of brochures on Basel - Supply of pictures and texts Further services - Invitation for site inspections and fam trips - Special packages for F.I.T. and groups (see following pages) - Organisation of attractive team building events Contact Please contact us, we are happy to assist you. Basel Tourism Incoming Services Phone +41 (0)61 268 68 58, Fax +41 (0)61 268 68 70 email@example.com, www.basel.com
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Switzerland compact – 4 day-tour to Zurich, Basel, Interlaken & Geneva. Experience the beauty of Switzerland on a 4-day-trip and explore charming cities and untouched mountain scenery in the German and French speaking part of Switzerland. Day 1: Zurich Visit of Zurich. Overnight in Zurich. Day 2: Basel Transfer from Zurich to Basel by train. Full day in Basel. Programme ideas: Guided city tour, entrance to the zoo and a visit of a museum. Overnight in Basel. Day 3: Interlaken Transfer from Basel to Interlaken by train. Time at leisure in Interlaken. Overnight in Interlaken. Day 4: Geneva Transfer from Interlaken to Geneva and departure. The package includes - 1 overnight in Zurich, 3-star hotel, double room including breakfast - 1 overnight in Basel, 3-star hotel, double room including breakfast - 1 overnight in Interlaken, 3-star hotel, double room including breakfast - 4 day Swiss Pass / 2nd class for all train journeys in Switzerland
Not included - City taxes - Meals (except breakfast at the hotels) - Insurance - Surcharge 4-star hotels: USD 86 (EUR 64) per person / basis double room - Surcharge Swiss Pass 1st class: USD 58 (EUR 43) per person Conditions - All services are on request - Offer for groups and FITs Book at Basel Tourism Incoming Services.
Approx. USD 599 / EUR 443 per person. Depending on the current exchange rate.
Best of Switzerland
Best of Switzerland – Cities, mountains and trains. Experience the beauty of Switzerland on a 8-day-trip and explore charming cities, untouched mountain scenery and stunning train journeys. Day 1: Arrival in Switzerland, Basel Transfer from EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg by bus or from Zurich Airport to Basel by train. Time at leisure. Overnight in Basel.
Day 8: Departure Transfer by bus to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg or by train to Zurich Airport and departure.
Day 2: Basel Full day in Basel. Programme ideas: Guided city tour, entrance and visit to the zoo and a visit of a museum. Overnight in Basel.
The package includes - 2 overnights in Basel, 3-star hotel, double room including breakfast - 2 overnights in Lucerne, 3-star hotel, double room including breakfast - 1 overnight in St. Moritz, 3-star hotel, double room including breakfast - 1 overnight in Zermatt, 3-star hotel, double room including breakfast - 1 overnight in Zurich, 3-star hotel, double room including breakfast - 8 day Swiss Pass / 2nd class for all train journeys in Switzerland
Day 3: Lucerne Transfer from Basel to Lucerne by train. Guided city tour in Lucerne. Time at leisure. Overnight in Lucerne. Day 4: Pilatus Lake cruise to Alpnachstad. Excursion to the Pilatus by cog railway and panorama gondola. Overnight in Lucerne. Day 5: St. Moritz Transfer from Lucerne to St. Moritz by train. Time at leisure in St. Moritz. Overnight in St. Moritz. Day 6: Glacier Express The remarkable journey by Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt takes nearly eight hours. This is a day trip through untouched mountain landscapes, deep gorges, delightful valleys, 91 tunnels and across 291 impressive bridges. Overnight in Zermatt. Day 7: Zurich Transfer from Zermatt to Zurich by train. Shopping in Zurich. Overnight in Zurich.
Not included - City taxes - Meals (except breakfast at the hotels) - Insurance - Guided city tour in Lucerne and excursion to Pilatus - Surcharge 4-star hotels: USD 150 (EUR 111) per person / basis double room - Surcharge Swiss Pass 1st class: USD 262 (EUR 194) per person Conditions - All services are on request - Offer for groups and FITs Book at Basel Tourism Incoming Services.
Approx. USD 1125 / EUR 833 per person. Depending on the current exchange rate.
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Heart of Europe
Badenweiler, Black Forest
Welcome to the heart of Europe – Visit three countries in five days. Experience the beauty of Switzerland, Germany and France on a 5-day-trip and explore charming cities, untouched landscapes and stunning lakesides. Day 1: Zurich, Basel Transfer from EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg by bus or from Zurich Airport to Basel by train. Time at leisure. Overnight in Basel.
- Full day guide for the tours to Black Forest and Alsace (8 hours) - Full day coach rental for the tours to Black Forest and Alsace (8 hours)
Day 2: Basel Full day in Basel. Programme ideas: guided city tour, entrance and visit to the Basel zoo and a visit of a museum. Overnight in Basel.
Not included - City taxes - Meals (except breakfast at the hotels) - Insurance - Surcharge 4-star hotels: USD 86 (EUR 64) per person / basis double room - Surcharge Swiss Pass 1st class: USD 58 (EUR 43) per person
Day 3: Black Forest Full day tour to the Black Forest in Germany. Visit of Titisee and Freiburg. Overnight in Basel. Day 4: Alsace Full day tour to Alsace in France. Visit of the two charming cities Colmar and Eguisheim. Overnight in Basel. Day 5: Basel Transfer by bus to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg or by train to Zurich Airport and departure. The package includes - 4 overnights in Basel, 3-star hotel, double room including breakfast - Train ticket from Zurich Airport to Basel, 2nd class, return
Conditions - All services are on request - Offer for groups (from 15 pax) Book at Basel Tourism Incoming Services.
Approx. USD 645 / EUR 477 per person. Depending on the current exchange rate. Of fer for groups (from 15 pax).
City Treasure Hunt
Incentives. City Treasure Hunt 1 Team spirit, creativity and a sense of direction are required during this tricky treasure hunt through Basel. Get to know the city in a different way. Following briefing by the guides of Basel Tourism you will set off, armed with a map, clues for the different stages and a digital camera. During the short expedition through the city, the aim is to find hidden items, solve complex tasks and find answers to all sorts of questions. High-tech Treasure Hunt tabtour This high-tech team adventure combines adventure and spirit of discovery. With the help of tablet PC’s and the purpose-built software the participants are sent to an eventful and interactive journey. The tasks to be performed are riddles, skill questions or task in relation with pictures, texts or high-tech. The teams need to solve the mystery of each task. Another outstanding feature is the high degree of freedom the teams have, the only strings are time scale, safety and to reach the maximum score. For orientation the teams are equipped with various tools such as tablet PC, compass, map, GPS device, UMTS and cloud computing. Wine tasting in Hotel Der Teufelhof Basel The guest house and venue for cultural events Der Teufelhof Basel is not only famous for its fabulous culinary delights, but also for its exquisite wine cellar. Its team would be happy to organise a wine tasting evening for you. From a comprehensive wine list with around 450 different entries it selects and presents in detail six different wines from the best-known wine regions in Europe. This is followed by a guided tour of Der Teufelhof Basel. Bake your own Basler Läckerli Läckerli are spiced biscuits and one of the best known specialities of the city. Visit Bürgin‘s Fischerhaus and learn how to make these delicious treats yourself. This 18th century fisherman‘s house has a
unique atmosphere in which you will feel welcome and immediately at ease. Under expert supervision, you will learn how to bake the delicious Basel speciality Läckerli. Afterwards, indulge in a typical Basel meal - and what would be better for dessert than the delicious biscuits that you baked earlier? Rally through the city of Basel Speed-lovers and friends of mobile wheeled vehicles can experience a very special kind of rally in Basel. This is a sporting adventure not to be missed! Participants in this orienteering race to test your navigational skills can choose between various scooters, e-scooters or e-bikes in a race to find one’s way around the city. The race is made particularly interesting in that at various places there are problems to solve and changes in the method of transport. Beschle Chocolatier – make your own chocolate Visit the traditional chocolate manufacturers Beschle Chocolatier Suisse and discover all there is to know about the sweet delight - and you can even make your own chocolate. There is no other foodstuff more closely associated with Switzerland than chocolate. A visit to the famous Basel chocolatier allows you a precious insight into the manufacturing, processing and refining of chocolate, followed of course by some tasting. Afterwards you can put your newly gained knowledge into practice and create your own type of chocolate, assisted by master chocolatier Pascal Beschle. Cocktail training Actually why shaken and not stirred? How to serve a Bloody Mary? How do you mix a Manhatten? You have the chance to mix your own cocktails and get the recipes straight away with you. An exciting hour is for certain. Afterwards you have the possibility to enjoy a dinner at the restaurant Bel Etage.
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Guided tours for groups
Guided tours for groups in Basel. Nightwatchman‘s secret Come along and join nightwatchman Rudolf Streiff on his evening tour through the quiet streets and narrow lanes of the picturesque old part of Basel known as St. Alban-Vorstadt. On his way, he will tell you about the adventures, the long-past stories and the way of life in the olden days of the people of St. Alban-Tal. He will also let you in on his secret and unrequited love for the beautiful and highborn Helena who will cross his path whilst he is making his tour. Basel compact Would you like to get to know and love Basel in one hour? What are the essential things to see for newcomers to Basel? Which historic sites of interest or architectural highlights are featured? This tour offers a memorable overview of the history of Basel as well as comprehensive information on the city‘s sights. On this one-hour walk, you discover picturesque sites and places of interest, the historic City Hall, the Cathedral, and of course the magnificent Old Town. Carnival in Basel Basel‘s famous Carnival begins on Monday following Ash Wednesday with the “Morgestraich” lantern parade at 4 am, when the city is plunged into darkness and the Carnival cliques take control for the three-day event. On this tour you will discover everything there is to know about Basel‘s Carnival, from its origins to the present day.
Basel at Christmas Discover Basel during Christmas time and learn about old and new Christmas customs and traditions. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the charm of Basel during the advent period. In addition to decorative lighting, Christmas trees and angels, you will discover a rich history and a richness of Christmas traditions in the city on the Rhine. St. Alban-Tal – Basel‘s little Venice Intensely romantic, quiet and shrouded in myth and mystery, join us on a visit to the St. Alban quarter. This lovingly restored quarter of the city is littered with tiny canals and waterways and is a genuine hidden gem. This is where the past and present meet, with traditional handicraft and former industrial buildings, old timberframed buildings and modern architecture, the media eval paper mill and the Museum for Contemporary Art. Where life in the city of both today and yesterday collide. Novartis Campus 1 Discover this place of innovation and research. Visitors are led around the Campus under the expert stewardship of Novartis guides and can view the new working environment with its modern office and laboratory facilities from outside. They also get to know the reasons and ideas that led to the redesign of the company‘s headquarters.
Congress Center Basel
Convention Bureau. The Convention Bureau at Basel Tourism will help you in all fields if you are planning a congress or a meeting in the Basel area. You will be provided with competent, neutral advice, hotel bookings and help in finding event locations. The team can suggest ideas for your social programmes and organise bus transfers, site inspections and visits. You may also order brochures to produce information packs for your participants. Congress and conference centres Congress Center Basel Swiss Conference Center Event venues Basler Personenschifffahrt Dreispitzhalle Offene Kirche Elisabethen Pantheon Basel PathĂŠ KĂźchlin Restaurant Rhypark Restaurant Safran Zunft Saalbau Rhypark Schloss Bottmingen St. Jakobshalle Basel St. Jakob-Park Basel Stadt-Casino Volkshaus Basel
Max. seating cap. in people L 25 2,500 5 240
Internet www.congress.ch www.swiss.com
L Max. seating cap. in people 3 180 3 800 5 500 5 650 8 554 3 180 4 300 1 600 6 150 7 9,200 6 900 3 650 4 130
Internet www.bpg.ch www.dreispitzhalle.ch www.offenekirche.ch www.pantheonbasel.ch www.pathe.ch/basel www.restaurantrhypark.ch www.safran-zunft.ch www.lolocations.com www.weiherschloss.ch www.stjakobshalle.ch www.communication.ch www.stadtcasino.ch www.volkshaus-basel.ch
Professional congress organisers and event agencies Congrex Schweiz Organizers Schweiz GmbH MCI
Seminar & banquet rooms
Internet www.congrex.com www.organizers.ch www.mci-group.com/schweiz
Useful tips. For your stay in Basel
For your stay in Switzerland
BaselCard Buy a BaselCard and take advantage of its numerous attractive offers: Free city tour, reduced entry to many of Basel’s museums, free entry to the Basel Zoo, free ferry trip and much more. The BaselCard is available at the Hotel & Tourist Information of Basel Tourism and in several hotels.
Entering Switzerland You must present a valid passport or identity card. Import regulations for Switzerland are available at www.ezv.admin.ch
* Includes public transportation in Basel
Rail – Swiss Travel System for rail passengers The Swiss Travel System covers Switzerland’s entire public transport system. It aims to make access to public transport easier for visitors from all over the world. The Swiss Pass allows you to enjoy unrestricted free travel in the entire network by rail, coach or boat on four, eight, fifteen or twenty-two days, or over an entire month. Using the Swiss Flexi Pass, you can enjoy unlimited travel in the transport network on three, four, five or six days of your choice within a validity period of one month.
Children = 6 – 16 years old. The price is based on Swiss francs. Payments in euro will be calculated on the basis of the exchange rate at the time.
Swiss Passes can also be purchased at the Tourist & Hotel Information of Basel Tourism in the Swiss Railway Station SBB. www.swisstravelsystem.com, www.sbb.ch
Museum Pass The Upper Rhine Museum Pass gives visitors free admission to over 230 museums in Switzerland, Germany and France. The pass can be purchased for 48 hours or 365 days at Basel Tourism.
Telephone numbers/emergencies Police, general emergency calls Fire brigade Breakdown service, TCS Medical emergencies Weather forecast
Hours 24 48 72 24*TNW
Adults CHF 20 / EUR 16 CHF 27 / EUR 22 CHF 35 / EUR 28 CHF 25 / EUR 20
Children CHF 10.00 / EUR 8 CHF 13.50 / EUR 11 CHF 17.50 / EUR 14 CHF 12.50 / EUR 10
City Guide Basel App The handy offline city guide for Android and iOS provides you with the most useful information about Basel. Its integrated city map shows you the best route to your hotel, pinpoints interesting museums, tells you what events are on, and much more. The City Guide Basel is available in German, English, French and Spanish. Free download on the App Store by Apple, on Google play or on www.basel.com/cityapp Regional public holidays During Basel Carnival, shops and businesses in the entire city are closed on Monday and Wednesday afternoon, with the exception of shops in railways and airports. Travel Trade Information Get information on the services of Basel Tourism for travel agencies and tour operators. www.basel.com/traveltrade Photo gallery Basel Tourism provides photographs free of charge for publication in tourist literature. www.basel.com/photogallery Username: images Password: basel
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Public holidays Offices and shops are closed on the following public holidays, with the exception of shops in railways and airports. - 1 January: New Year’s Day - 2 January: Berchtoldstag (does not affect all cantons) - Good Friday - Easter including Easter Monday - 1 May: Labour Day (does not affect all cantons) - Ascension Day - Whit Sunday and Monday - 1 August: Swiss National Day - 25 December: Christmas Day - 26 December: Boxing Day
Vitra Haus, Weil am Rhein
Contact details. Basel Tourism Aeschenvorstadt 36 CH-4010 Basel Phone +41 (0)61 268 68 68 Fax +41 (0)61 268 68 70 firstname.lastname@example.org www.basel.com
Basel Tourism has been awarded the stage III quality seal and the ISO certificate for Swiss Tourism.
Incoming Services Phone +41 (0)61 268 68 58 Fax +41 (0)61 268 68 70 email@example.com Guided Tours Phone +41 (0)61 268 68 32 Fax +41 (0)61 268 68 75 firstname.lastname@example.org Convention Bureau Phone +41 (0)61 268 68 20 Fax +41 (0)61 268 68 70 email@example.com Tourist & Hotel Information In the Stadt-Casino at Barfüsserplatz Steinenberg 14 CH-4010 Basel Opening hours Monday to Friday 9 am – 6.30 pm Saturday 9 am – 5 pm Sunday and public holidays 10 am – 3 pm Tourist & Hotel Information Swiss Railway Station SBB CH-4010 Basel Opening hours Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 6 pm Saturday 9 am – 5 pm Sunday and public holidays 9 am – 3 pm Further information www.museenbasel.ch www.basel.ch www.upperrhinevalley.com
Credits Edition: 2014 Cover picture: Andreas Zimmermann Print: Gremper AG
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