Basel Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide | La Vacanza Travel

Basel Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide

Duration: 2 hours
Destination: Switzerland, Basel-Stadt, Basel

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  • 2 hours
  • Basel
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Basel is a multicultural city, cheerful, innovative and open to the world. It is also known as the Swiss capital of culture. This Rhine Rivershore city has over 2000 years of history, due to its central position between France, Germany and Switzerland. It’s wonderful city center is one of the best preserved in Europe. Come with us on a time travel through a city conscient of its traditions but also very open to the modern age – Making Basel truly a special city. It is also a city of art, with over 40 museums, and of students, by being the oldest University town in Switzerland.Let us take you on a walk to discover some of the famous sites in the city center, and make you fall in love with Basel.

You will see:
* Tinguely Fountain
* Elisabethenkirche
* Rittergasse
* Münster Cathedral
* Münster Pfalz
* Mittlere Bridge
* Rathaus (city hall)
* Blue and White Houses
* MarktPlatz
* Barfüsserplatz

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Pass By: Basel, Basel

We will meet at the Tinguely Fountain (Fasnachtsbrunnen), one of the most famous spots in town. This is the main meeting point for the citizens of Basel. The water fountain was built by the swiss artist Jean Tinguely using pieces of the old theater that formerly existed in this space. During wintertime, the fountain becomes alive with it’s icicles, forming true natural ice sculptures.

Our next stop will be the Elisabeth Church. Known in the German language as Elisabethenkirche, or Offene Kirche Elisabethen, this is a 19th century church built in a Swiss Gothic Revival style. Construction begun in 1857 and was completed in 1864, and was sponsored by the wealthy Basel businessman Christoph Merian, and his wife Margarethe Burckhardt-Merian. Both now rest in a black marble sarcophagus in the crypt of this church.

Time to head out to feel the medieval ages, passing the Knights Street, or Rittergasse. Known in Basel as the mother of all streets, with its medieval architecture. This is the perfect spot to learn about how the city developed along the centuries.
Then we will get to the Münster Cathedral, the main picture-perfect sight of Basel. You will be awed by its 12-15th mixture of romanic and gothic styles, surrounded by a large and stunning square that hosts many events. Behind the cathedral we will pass the Münster Pfalz, to enjoy the view towards the city, the Rhine river and the neighborhood of Kleinbasel.
Some steps away we find the City Hall (Rathaus von Basel). A eye catching building located in the old market square of Basel (Marktplatz), it will call out to you with it’s red color. Don’t forget to enjoy its beautiful façade and the interior patio with the statue of Munatius Plancus, the roman founder of the city.
Let’s head out then to the The Blue and The White House (Blaues und Weisses Haus) are two baroque mansions on the Rheinsprung built by the architect Samuel Werenfels for the brothers Lukas and Jakob Sarasin in the 18th century. Their descendants founded the Bank Sarasin & Cie. in Basel. Nowadays, they are the seat of the Department for Economy, Social Welfare and Environment.
Now we will get to the Mittlere Brücke (Middle Bridge), one of the oldest monuments in town. It was first inaugurated in 1226, becoming one of the most important bridges over the Rhine that connected to the famous Gotthard Pass.
From here we will go back into the old town, once again passing the MarktPlatz, towards Barfüsserplatz, located in the city center. It is one of the most important crossing spots in Basel’s public transportation system. It is also in front of the Barfüsserkirche, or Church of the “Bare Feet”. Inhabited since 1100, the Franciscan order of Monks built a monastery here in 1256. It is from them that the square got its name from, since the Franciscans where known in German as the “Bare Feet” for their vow of poverty.
We can either end the tour here and set you on your own discovery through the city center, or take you to the nearby Tinguely Fountain for a better known place for your send off into Basel.

  • * Local Guide who will be with your group only
  • * Private guided Tour
  • * Possible customizing on tour with your local guide on the spot

  • * Gratuities
  • * Entrance fees
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Tinguely Brunnen, Klostergasse 7, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

Return Details

Basel, Switzerland

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2 hours

User's Reviews


13 Apr, 2023

Mei is an amazing tour guide who went above and beyond to make sure our group had a great time in Basel. She was extremely knowledgable, using pictures and infographics that were very helpful for us to gain better insight and context for the historical and cultural development of Basel and Switzerland. Being bilingual in Mandarin and English (and most likely trilingual in Swiss German), she was able to cater to our group consisting of both English and Chinese speakers. Thank you Mei for making our trip that much more memorable and enjoyable! Would definitely look for her again.


07 Jan, 2023

Mai did a great job. It was very informative and a lot of fun. We will gladly want her to give us another tour if we look for one.

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