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Best things to do in Basel

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Plaza
“Basel Messe - Venue of all important trade shows. You can get there by tram 2 from Kunstmuseum or 14, 15 from Aeschenplatz.”
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Tram Station
“Central station with connection to France, Germany and the rest of Switzerland”
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Zoo
“Beautiful park with Lions, Elephant, crocodile, kangaroo, birds, aquatic animals, fantastic for children...”
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Cocktail Bar
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“Bespoke cocktails and small bites plus sweeping rooftop views. Great bar with views by day, one of Basel's more elegant clubs by night.”
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Church
“Biggest church in Basel, you can climb the towers for a fee and get a good view over Basel.”
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Art Museum
“The Museum Tinguely is an art museum in Basel, Switzerland that contains a permanent exhibition of the works of Swiss painter and sculptor Jean Tinguely. ”
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Route
“The main cathedral in Basel based in a beautiful square with lovely views over the town and river.”
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Electronics Store
“From prestigious luxury brands in fashion and jewelry to libraries, coffee shops and restaurants -along the Freie Strasse you'll be able to find whatever your shopping-heart desires!”
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History Museum
“The Kunstmuseum Basel houses the largest and most significant public art collection in Switzerland, and is listed as a heritage site of national significance. Key works from the 19th century include the Impressionists represented by Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne as well as the paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Switzerland’s Arnold Böcklin and Ferdinand Hodler. In the 20th century, the focus is on works of Cubism with Picasso, Braque and Juan Gris. Expressionism is represented by such figures as Edvard Munch, Franz Marc, Oskar Kokoschka and Emil Nolde. The collection also includes works from Constructivism, Dadaism and Surrealism and American art since 1950. ”
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Playground
“One of Basel's largest parks, Kannenfelpark is a great place to run a few laps or just sit down and enjoy the day”
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Café
“Arguably the best coffee place in Basel. Sometimes the service is a bit snobby. Gets crowded on weekends.”
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Bus Stop
“A unique and interesting museum, even if you're not very into art. Jean Tinguely makes installations, which you can see all over Basel (one is right in front of the Basel Theatre).”
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Stadium
“fcb.ch / St. Jakob Park is a Swiss sports stadium in Basel. It is the largest football venue in Switzerland and home to FC Basel. "Joggeli" it is called by the locals. Tipp: Visit a soccer game of the best soccer team in Switzerland, FC Basel. The fans give it a great atmosphere through their chants.”
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Cocktail Bar
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“This is a bar with high-quality cocktails (even bartenders go there for a drink on their nights off). Also, the ambience is very nice - the entire place is like a hangar with an industrial vibe, the ceilings are super high and there is plenty of couches.”
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Zoo
“Perfect for kids to show them the large acquarium or as well the many different animals. ”
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Park
“Need a walk surrounded by nature? You'll find what you need here - it's close, beautiful and big enough for a good walk or jog.”
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