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Five walking tours through Basel

The best way to explore the Old Town is by taking one of our five walking tours, which have all been named after significant people in Basel’s history.

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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.

Erasmus walk

Waymarks: orange
Walking time: approx. 30 minutes
Some uphill sections


Paracelsus walk

Waymarks: grey
Walking time: approx. 60 minutes
Lots of steps and steep sections


Burckhardt walk

Waymarks: blue
Walking time: approx. 45 minutes
Uphill sections and a few steps


Platter walk

Waymarks: yellow
Walking time: approx. 45 minutes
A few uphill sections and steps


Holbein walk

Waymarks: green
Walking time: approx. 90 minutes
Some uphill sections and steps (Accessible alternative route)


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