The Rhine

The Rhine, Basel’s artery carrying the lifeblood of the city, provides all manners of recreation. When the temperature rises, the sun-drenched bank of the river becomes almost Mediterranean.

Source of inspiration and landmark

The Rhine is Basel’s secret landmark. As one of the most important trading routes, it has had a huge influence on the development of the city. Today, it makes up a significant part of the quality of life that Basel offers its guests and residents.  

The Rhine is a source of inspiration for the people and has moulded the history and architecture of the city. In the summer months, Basel’s inhabitants, students and businesspeople flock to the river’s banks to sunbathe, promenade and generally let their cares melt away in the sunshine. 

One city – always in flux

Häufig gestellte Fragen

Good to know.

  • For the people of Basel, cooling off in the Rhine is part of everyday life in summer. If you are a safe swimmer and can swim without a flotation device, you should definitely give it a try. After all, people say the following with good reason: only those that have ventured into the Rhine can truly understand the soul of the city.

  • Cross the river in the same way as it has been done for the last 150 years: ring the bell on the landing pier and step aboard one of the four ferries “Wild Maa”, “Leu”, “Vogel Gryff” and “Ueli”, which provide a link between Grossbasel and Kleinbasel. The crossing costs CHF 2 for adults and CHF 1 for children. 


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