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Tourist Offices

Basel Tourismus

Address: , Barfüsserplatz, Basel,
Telephone: +41 61 268 6868
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900–1830, Sat 0900–1700, Sun 1000-1500.

Website: https://www.basel.com

The main tourist information office is in the Stadtcasino on Barfüsserplatz, on the edge of the Old Town. A second office is located at the central train station. As well as general tourist information, both offices also offer visitors help with accommodation bookings and tickets.

Tourist passes

The BaselCard includes reduced entrance rates to the zoo, a free city sightseeing tour and free ferry boat rides. There are also discounts on museum entry, cinema tickets, restaurants and more. The card is available for 24 and 48 hours from tourist information centres, the airport and some hotels.

Attractions

Beyeler Foundation

A public home located in parkland in the suburb of Riehen, this art venue was designed by architect Renzo Piano. On display is the amazing collection of Ernst and Hildy Beyeler, containing some 200 contemporary artworks and giving an interesting and personal take on modern art history. Artists represented include Cézanne, Rousseau, Mondrian, Klee, Ernst, Matisse and Bacon.

Address: Riehen, Baselstrasse 101, Basel, 4125
Telephone: +41 61 645 9700
Opening times:

Thurs-Tues 1000-1800, Wed 1000-2000.

Website: https://www.fondationbeyeler.ch
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Münster Cathedral

This imposing minster dominates the Old Town with its combination of gothic and romanesque features, red sandstone walls, colourful roof tiles and twin towers. Inside the cathedral is the tomb of one of the greatest of the European Renaissance humanists, Erasmus of Rotterdam. The views from the Pfalz terrace alongside take in the Rhine, the Vosges Mountains, the Black Forest and the Jura.

Address: , Münsterplatz 9, Basel, 4051
Telephone: +41 61 272 9157
Opening times:

Vary.

Website: http://www.baslermuenster.ch
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Rathaus (City Hall)

The Rathaus, or City Hall, is a renovated Renaissance palace with a striking red façade and some lively frescoes. Particularly worth seeing are the Council Chambers, the atmospheric Inner Courtyard, the romantic arcades and the imposing tower. The City Hall has been located here since the 14th century. Guided tours are available with the tourist office.

Address: , Marktplatz 9, Basel, 4051
Telephone: +41 61 267 8654
Opening times:

Mon, Thurs and Fri 0800-1200, 1330-1700; Tues 0800-1200; Wed 1330-1700

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Kunstmuseum Basel

The oldest art museum in Switzerland contains the world's largest collection of works by the Holbein family, as well as many works by other Swiss Renaissance artists, and an impressive collection of modern art, from impressionism and cubism to German expressionism and abstract expressionism. The likes of Monet, Van Gogh, Warhol, Picasso and Giacometti all feature.

Address: , St Alban-Graben 16 und 20, St Alban-Rheinweg 60, Basel, 4010
Telephone: +41 61 206 6262
Opening times:

Tues-Wed and Fri-Sun 1000-1800, Thurs 1000-2000

Website: http://www.kunstmuseumbasel.ch
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Swiss Architecture Museum

With its glut of bold modern buildings and several internationally renowned architects' offices, it's only fitting that Basel has a world-class architecture museum. It focuses primarily on modern Swiss architecture (including Le Corbusier) and contemporary global architecture, as well as connections between architecture and other arts.

Address: , Steinenberg 7, Basel, 4051
Telephone: +41 61 261 1413
Opening times:

Tues, Wed and Fri 1100-1800, Thurs 1100-2030, Sat & Sun 1100-1700.

Website: http://www.sam-basel.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Museum Tinguely

Devoted to the work of local kinetic artist Jean Tinguely (1925-1991), this museum is as unusual as his art, being full of objects that move, rattle, crash and jump. You can see another of his creations, the Tinguely-Brunnen (a fountain with moving sculptures and waterpipes), in the city centre in front of the Stadttheater.

Address: , Paul Sacher-Anlage 1, Basel, 4002
Telephone: +41 61 681 9320
Opening times:

Tues-Sun 1100-1800.

Website: http://www.tinguely.ch
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Basel Zoo

Basel's zoo, referred to as 'Zolli' by locals, was established way back in 1874 and remains one of Switzerland's most popular ticketed visitor attractions. Its 6,000 animals (including lions, giraffes, gorillas and kangaroos) attract around a million visitors each year. The zoo has a successful breeding programme.

Address: , Binningerstrasse 40, Basel, 4054
Telephone: +41 61 295 3535
Opening times:

Daily 0800-1730 (Jan-Feb); daily 0800-1800 (Mar-Apr), daily 0800-1830 (May-Aug), daily 0800-1800 (Sept-Oct), daily 0800-1730 (Nov-Dec).

Website: http://www.zoobasel.ch
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Vitra Design Museum

This striking Frank Gehry-styled museum presents two major temporary exhibitions each year, related to design, architecture, furniture and lighting. Smaller exhibitions and projects are showcased in other buildings on the Vitra Campus. Guided tours are available, but it's perfectly possible to visit independently. Though easily reached, it's actually located across the border in Germany.

Address: , Charles-Eames-Strasse 2, Weil-am-Rhein, 79576
Telephone: +49 7621 702 3200
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1800.

Website: http://www.design-museum.de
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Museum der Kulturen Basel

Basel's ethnographic museum features exhibits from South America, Africa, East Asia and Oceania. The exhibits from the South Seas, Ancient America, Tibet and Bali are rightly renowned, as are its textiles. It was originally started 150 years by private collectors and has gradually expanded over time.

Address: , Münsterplatz 20, Basel, 4001
Telephone: +41 61 266 5600
Opening times:

Tues-Sun 1000-1700. First Wed of the month 1000-2000.

Website: http://www.mkb.ch/en
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Basel Paper Museum

Housed in a medieval paper mill, this museum traces the development of paper, writing, printing and bookbinding. Paper is still made here using the old devices and machines on display, and visitors are encouraged to make their own. Absorb the unique atmosphere from the hammering of the stamp machine to the smell of fresh printer's ink.

Address: , St Alban-Tal 37, Basel, 4052
Telephone: +41 61 225 9090.
Opening times:

Tues-Fri and Sun 1100-1700, Sat 1300-1700.

Website: http://www.papiermuseum.ch
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

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Hotel Rheinfelderhof

A few minutes' walk from the city centre (and even closer to the Messe Basel trade fair venue), this is a well-priced hotel with almost 50 rooms. It's nothing fancy but has all the basics covered, from free wifi to satellite TV. There's a traditional restaurant on site.

Swissotel Le Plaza

The Swissotel Le Plaza, graded as four-star superior, is a stylish option a few minutes' walk from the Rhine and the Old Town. The hotel has 238 rooms and offers 24-hour room service, as well as a gym with a sauna and steam room. Its Grill25 restaurant serves up the classics in smart surroundings.

Pullman Basel Europe Hotel

An upscale chain hotel with a convenient location for the Old Town. It's a sizeable property – there are 141 rooms – and it's popular with business groups thanks to its half-dozen meeting rooms. Other selling points include a fitness lounge and the gourmet Les Quatre Saisons restaurant.

Les Trois Rois

One of the oldest city hotels in Europe, Les Trois Rois is Basel's grandest residence. Over the years, its luxurious rooms and suites on the banks of the Rhine in the Old Town have accommodated such luminaries as Napoleon, Charles Dickens, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Mann and Queen Elizabeth II. It also has a fitness centre and various top-notch restaurants and bars.

Courtyard Basel

Part of the Marriott Group – and consequently a reliable if rather vanilla option for an overnight stay – the Courtyard Basel Hotel is set on the southern outskirts of the city and has 175 rooms and suites with the usual amenities and plenty of meeting space.

Hotel Basel

Situated in the heart of the old city for the past four decades, this 4-star hotel has 70 rooms and three suites, all comfortably furnished and equipped with the standard mod cons. There are three restaurants, including a brasserie, and a couple of small meeting rooms.