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F   IVE WALKING TOURS AROUND BASEL.

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DISCOVER BASEL BY YOURSELF. The short routes through the inner city are one particular advantage of Basel. The best way to explore these is by taking one of our five walking tours, which have all been named after significant people in Basel’s history. Each tour shows you the city and offers a different perspective of its development. The routes guide you by the large museums and the prettiest spots. Be your own city guide and enjoy amazing views from Basel’s hills and interesting insights into the city’s history. All walking tours start and end at Marktplatz (on the corner of Freie Strasse), and the principle is simple: Each walk bears the name of a famous person in Basel’s history and has its own colour and number. Choose one of the five tours and follow the information signs in the city.

D I SC OVE OLD R TH TO E BY A WN WA L KS UDIO WI T H G UIDE TH E iTOU FREE A PP R BA SEL .


ERASMUS  WALK. The historic heart of the city. This short walk takes you via the Rheinsprung to the Basel Cathedral hill, which was home to many important events in Basel’s history. People have lived in this area for 2100 years because of the strategically favourable location and the excellent view across the Rhine. Celts and Romans built settlements here. In 1439, Pope Felix V was elected during the Council of Basel on the Cathedral hill. The prince bishop also lived here until the Reformation in 1529. Today, this area is an attractive residential zone and also an administrative and museum district. The Münsterplatz has an idyllic atmosphere that transforms into a scene of lively festivities during Basel’s numerous events. From the courtyard “Pfalz” behind the Cathedral you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city, the Rhine, and the hills of the Black Forest and the Vosges. Visit the Cathedral with its well-preserved Romanesque elements and the grave of Erasmus of Rotterdam. Or explore the Gothic cloister with its impressive vaulted ceiling, where numerous councilmen, scholars, merchants and their families are buried. The route back to the lively Marktplatz leads you down the Freie Strasse, the city’s best-known shopping street.

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Erasmus of Rotterdam (around 1466 – 1536). A prominent humanist, lived and worked in Basel from 1514 to 1516, 1521 to 1529 and from 1535. Erasmus walk Waymarks: orange Walking time: approx. 30 minutes Some uphill sections


PARACELSUS  WALK. Medieval alleys. This tour is dedicated entirely to the two sides of the river Birsig valley that runs through the city. Walk along the Elftausendjungfern- Gässlein towards the Martinskirchplatz. Ceremonial state occasions often take place in the Martinskirche. The impressive façades of the large town houses bear witness to the wealth of the old city of Basel. This area is now home to some of the public administration offices. The route then leads along narrow alleys and steps back to the valley. You wouldn’t know it, but in the Falknerstrasse you cross the Birsig river, which has run underground between Heuwaage and Schifflände to the Rhine for over a hundred years. Now it’s time to explore the other side of the valley. Follow the old craftsmen’s alleys until you reach the Leonhardskirche and the Lohnhof. Once home to the city’s construction and salary office, and later a prison, the Lohnhof now houses apartments, the HMB – Musikmuseum, and a small hotel with a restaurant. Now take the medieval alleys back to the historic Marktplatz. The last set of steps leads past the Pharmaziemuseum der Universität Basel, which still houses tools used during Paracelsus’ time.

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Paracelsus (actual name Theophrastus of Hohenheim; 1493 – 1541). Basel city doctor from 1527 to 1528, prominent tutor of natural remedies and therapist. Paracelsus walk Waymarks: grey Walking time: approx. 60 minutes Lots of steps and steep sections


BURCKHARDT  WALK. The past and present in harmony. This tour begins by the Marktplatz and takes you along Freie Strasse. After passing by the chancel of the Barfüsserkirche, you will arrive at Theaterplatz. This is characterized by the contrast between the modern theatre building and the neo-Gothic Elisabethenkirche – something that culture enthusiast Jacob Burckhardt would surely have loved. The whole of Basel seems to meet at the Tinguely fountain, with its playful aquatic elements. And next door, the Kunsthalle’s garden restaurant invites guests to come and relax under its canopy of chestnut trees. The Barfüsserplatz is a hub of city life and the church there houses the Historisches Museum Basel. The square in front of the medieval church is a popular venue for open-air events and markets in Basel. From the hustle and bustle of “Barfi”, as it’s known by the locals, the route leads you through the well-kept medieval alleys of Heuberg and Spalenberg, which host small shops and exclusive boutiques. The city tour ends back on the colourful Marktplatz.

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Jacob Burckhardt (1818  – 1897). Professor in Basel, cultural historian and art scholar. Burckhardt walk Waymarks: blue Walking time: approx. 45 minutes Uphill sections and a few steps


PLATTER  WALK. Crafts and university. This walk begins with a tour of the picturesque alleys in a former business district. Some of the street names, such as Schneidergasse (tailor’s alley), hint at the businesses that used to trade here. The craftsmen would have once used water from the Birsig river, which now flows beneath the Marktplatz. You now begin a walk uphill along the left-hand side of the Spalenberg. Once you reach the top, leave the historic Old Town behind and cross the Petersgraben, the former city moat. Take the Spalenvorstadt until you reach the Spalentor, one of Switzerland’s most beautiful city gates which dates back to the 14th century. Walk along the former outer moat to the oldest university in Switzerland (founded in 1460), for which Thomas Platter, rector of the Latin school “Schule uff Burg” on the Cathedral hill, prepared many students. Next to the university is the Petersplatz. A flea market featuring a diverse range of goods takes place here every Saturday. Pass by the Gothic Peterskirche and walk back down to the busy Marktplatz. During the week here you will find a wide range of fresh food from Basel and the region.

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Thomas Platter (1499 – 1582). Humanist scholar. Platter walk Waymarks: yellow Walking time: approx. 45 minutes A few uphill sections and steps


HOLBEIN  WALK. On both sides of the river. Basel’s position on the Rhine accounts for a large part of its charm. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to discover both banks. This tour takes you to various parts of the Old Town to begin with, before heading to the Münsterplatz. Secular and religious dignitaries once lived in the area around the Cathedral, which today hosts numerous open-air events, such as the lantern exhibition during Basel Carnival and the Christmas market. The patrician houses along the Rittergasse lead to the former inner-city moat and to a well-tended residential area, the St. Alban-Vorstadt. The Kunstmuseum Basel | Hauptbau, which houses many works by Hans Holbein, is on the route. Pass by the popular Cartoonmuseum Basel on your way to the St. Alban-Kirche. Through an opening in the wall you can see the arm of a cloister from the former medieval monastery. At the St. Alban-Tal, the Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart and the Basler Papiermühle (paper mill) are worth a visit. The large, completely preserved part of the outer city wall is an impressive sight. You can take the ferry boat across the Rhine from Grossbasel to Kleinbasel, where a ­multicultural district pulsates with life among the medieval houses. Walk along the Mittlere Brücke, past the “Lällekönig”, to get back to the Marktplatz.

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Hans Holbein the Younger (around 1497 – 1543). Lived in Basel from 1515 to 1526 and 1528 to 1532, master of portraits. Holbein walk Waymarks: green Walking time: approx. 90 minutes Some uphill sections and steps (Accessible alternative route)


THE STOPS AT A GLANCE.  1 Marktplatz

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(Discover with app “iTour Basel”)

(Discover with app “iTour Basel”)

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(Discover with app “iTour Basel”)

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(Discover with app “iTour Basel”)

(Discover with app “iTour Basel”)

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