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Basel’s old town

Basel’s old town is best discovered on foot, since most of its sights are located near each other. There are wonderful discoveries to be made on both the Grossbasel and Kleinbasel sides of the Rhine. In between, take a break on the banks of the Rhine or sit on a bench and enjoy the charming views.

10 Attractions

Basler Münster

Basel Zentrum

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.

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City Hall

Basel Zentrum

The City Hall is the seat of the Basel government and its parliament. In the midst of the Old Town, it is particularly eye-catching with its red facade, the characteristic tower and playful frescoes.

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Marktplatz

Basel Zentrum

The market square is dominated by the impressive City Hall, the seat of government of the Canton of Basel-Stadt. During the week, the market on the square sells fresh vegetables, fruit and flowers.

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Mittlere Brücke

Basel Zentrum

There is hardly another monument in the city of Basel that has become such a symbol of the city as the Mittlere Brücke. Opened in 1226, it is one of the oldest Rhine crossings between Lake Constance and the North Sea.

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Pfalz

Basel Zentrum

The Pfalz viewing terrace in Basel offers fantastic views over the Old Town and as far as the border triangle.

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Tinguely Fountain

Basel Zentrum

Where the stage of the old city theatre company once stood, in 1977 Jean Tinguely created sculptural machines in a shallow fountain and in the process gifted Basel a famous new landmark.

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Basel Old Town

Basel Zentrum

Take a walk with us around Basel Old Town, one of the most well-preserved and prettiest in Europe, and be surprised by the wide variety of architecture, unparalleled in any other city.

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Blue and White Houses

Basel Zentrum

These former residences on Rheinsprung were purchased by the municipality of Basel-City in 1942 and 1968 and today are used by the Department of Commerce, Social Affairs and the Environment.

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St. Alban-Tor

Basel Zentrum

The St. Alban-Tor (St.Alban's Gate), dating back to ca. 1400, was part of the fortifications of the old walled city and is the gateway to a magical quarter of the city.

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St. Johanns-Tor

Basel Zentrum

St. Johanns-Tor (St. Johanns Gate) is one of the three surviving entrance gates to the old mediaeval walled city, which formed part of the fortifications built shortly after the great earthquake of 1356.

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