When it rains in Basel 

Thanks to exciting and entertaining indoor activities, you won’t get bored in Basel even when it’s raining. Here are some all-weather things to do in Basel.  

Sightseeing, despite the rain


It’s raining – and you still want to explore a lot of the city? Take the sightseeing bus to the places of interest of Basel while staying comfortable and dry. You decide where to get off. 

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Tour on the vintage tram 

Want to see for yourself what it was like to travel around Basel a century ago? A nostalgic round trip on board the vintage tram takes you back to the year dot – with authentic sounds of yesteryear, a bumpy ride, and a top speed of 30 km/h. The vintage tram tours Basel every Sunday from June to August. 

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Panorama round trip aboard a tram 

Purchase a panorama ticket at the Schifflände, Marktplatz or Barfüsserplatz stops and climb aboard a tram no. 16 in the direction of Bruderholz. This trip takes you from the city centre up to the peaceful residential district of Bruderholz, where your tram becomes tram no. 15. The tour continues from there, past museums, the trade fair and across the Mittlere Brücke bridge back to the Schifflände. 

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All-weather programme for families

Kletterhalle 7 

The Kletterhalle 7 in Basel offers climbing fun for the whole family, regardless of the weather. Choose the right level of difficulty from over 120 routes for lead climbing and top rope climbing in an area of 1687 m². Kletterhalle 7 also has a bouldering area (259 m²) with a separate weight-training board. 

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Ein Anemonenfisch im Vivarium des Zolli.

Basel Zoo: vivarium and primate house 

You dont need to forego a visit to the zoo if it’s raining: the vivarium and primate house offer interesting alternatives to the open-air enclosures. Admire the colourful exotic fishes in the mysterious world of the vivarium. And the playful monkeys in the primate house will put everyone in a good mood. 

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Wellness places to stay warm

DAMPF°BAD Basel – die Sauna, Wellness- & Spa-Oase im Norden von Basel.

Dampfbad St. Johann 

If you are looking for an oasis of calm on a rainy day, you will find it at the Stellwerk St. Johann. Treat yourself to a soothing massage at the Dampfbad Basel. 

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Innenarchitektur und Einrichtung im Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois in Basel. / Interior design and furnishing in the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois in Basel.

Afternoon Tea (Les Trois Rois) 

What could be cosier than a cup of tea in a warm room when it’s cold and wet outside? Celebrate the British way of life in the lobby of the Les Trois Rois hotel and enjoy delicious teas and snacks. 

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Greenhouses in the Botanical Garden

There’s plenty of intriguing flora to discover throughout all seasons in the botanical gardens of the University of Basel – plunge into the fascinating world of the rainforest. In the newly built tropical house and in the only cloud forest house of its kind in Europe, you can forget the outside world for a while. 

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Foyer Public

Sipping coffee, reading a good book or working in a creative setting: the Foyer Public is a large public space at the Theater Basel that allows people to do things they have not been able to do in a while now.

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