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.
Hans Holbein the Younger (around 1497 – 1543). Lived in Basel from 1515 to 1526 and 1528 to 1532, master of portraits.