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Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel
Ranked #6 of 158 things to do in Basel
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Scattered over two hills with the market square and town hall inbetween. Small medevial houses glued to the hills sides with tiny walkways inbetween. Highlights are the munster and the view over Kleinbasel, crossing the river Rhine with one of the little, currentdriven ferries. Walking through the small streets, exploring local shops.

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Chock-a-block with restaurants and stores, the old town maintains the feel of old Europe. We were impressed by the dates on some of the buildings ... one or two dating back to the 13th century. A lovely place to go for the weekend or longer

2  Thank rat_race_escapee
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

Basel has one of those old cities that doesn't immediately grab your attention with some spectacular presentation of itself. In fact, if you reach Basel by train, or from the airport to the main train station, you will be asking yourself, "Okay, this is Basel? Where are the old buildings?" Don't fret... The old city is a short tram ride or easy walk away. The old city is split on both sides of the river, but the majority of the older and interesting (in my humble opinion) buildings and atmosphere is on the Grossbasel side - which is the same side of the river that the train station is on. Be sure to explore every nook and cranny. Go down every street corner you find. Go through alcoves that lead you back behind the buildings. you will be rewarded with charming and pretty old buildings and settings that are just asking to be photographed. I do not find the shopping in the old city to be too spectacular. There are a plethora of cafes and restaurants to get your fix of just about any sort of food or drink. One nice thing about the old city is that much of it is pedestrian only. Sure, there are exceptions, but I find that the most charming parts are mostly free from cars with the exception of an occasional delivery or service vehicle. The old city is charming, but it, in my humble opinion, does not compare with other Swiss old cities such as Bern, Lucerne, Fribourg, and Neuchatel. The bigger cities like Geneva and Zurich have a different feel - not quite as small and charming as Basel's old city. So, I kind of think of Basel as a good balance between a "bigger" Swiss city with still a good amount of small, cozy, old city charm. It's definitely worth a visit if you're in the area, but I wouldn't choose it over the four I just listed - if you had to chose only one or two. Oh, and I almost forgot one of the star attractions - the Rhine river! The old city sort of hugs both sides of the river. Definitely make sure you cross the river a couple of times. You can do it by bridge or by ferry. Take in the view of some of the old buildings perched above the river. And definitely take a walk along the shore of the river. There are wonderful walking paths along much of the river, and many places to sit and relax and take in the atmosphere, as well as get a drink or snack. There are a couple of nice restaurants perched along the river that give some really nice views (from their terraces). I recommend making sure your get some time at the river while visiting the Altstadt in Basel.

14  Thank Jim P
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

The old city is just absolutely great. So many old buildings to be seen, the Rathaus with its great red color, the Market where one can taste food of the region, the Coffee Houses and the shopping street. To really enjoy all it is pertinent to have a lot of time and very good shoes. Keep your eyes not only on the floor or the shopping window but also up in the air. Basel is beautiful.

1  Thank abb22
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Basel has been a relatively big town in the Middle Ages, therefore, it has also a vast Old Town. Basel Tourism recommends five walks which all start at the Marktplatz. You follow either the signs or the map on a leaflet which is available at the Tourist's Offices. Best is however you hire an iGuide for CHF 15.

We would suggest the green Hans Holbein walk which leads you in 90 minutes to the Cathedral, the St. Alban Tal with the old city wall, crosses the river Rhine by means of the famous "Rheinfähre" and goes in Kleinbasel back to the Mittlere Brücke to the Marktplatz. On weekdays you can end your walk with a visit of the Confiserie Schiesser and enjoy a hot chocolate with a piece of "Patisserie".

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5  Thank Faber689
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