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Day Trips Basel is the name of our guided city walk in Basel. The third largest city of Switzerland is only a short one-hour drive from Freiburg, the black forest capital. Usually, the guided city tour starts at the Kunstmuseum (art museum); but it is well worth combining it with a scenic bus ride from Freiburg via Titisee and Feldberg. Drop off point is the Kunstmuseum and from there it is only a short stroll to Minster Square and the Minster of Basel. Your professional guide will explain the history of Basel cathedral and will visit the cloisters with you..
Protected from the sun by Basel Minster and tall trees we enjoy the view from terrace behind Basel cathedral over the modern city. Across the Rhine river and against the backdrop of the Black Forest lies “Little Basel” with its modern architecture. High rise office buildings and the conference and exhibition centre, nick named “cheese grater” help us understand the importance of Basel as a commercial city. Turning slightly to the North, we see the port of Basel, the only commercial port of this land locked country.
In centuries long gone by the city of Basel was the centre of dyers and linen weavers. This city in the “three-country-corner” between France, Germany and Switzerland was later also a key location for printing and paper-making. Today, Basel is known as the home of the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. Many of the big international corporations have production facilities and offices here. Still looking to the North, we “Novartis City”, head office and research facility of the big corporation.
On our Day Trips Basel we continue towards the Rheinsprung. The houses in this area are evidence of the wealth that this city has enjoyed in its history: houses belonging to the university of Basel, houses of the dyers and linen makers and the town house of wealthy citizens. At the end of the Rheinsprung is the Mittlere Brücke ( middle bridge ), one of the most important sights of Basel and the oldest bridge in Basel connecting the two parts of Basel over the Rhine.
Our guided city walk Basel ends at the famous town hall built in the 16th century. Here we complete the history of Basel, a history, which tells us that even today Basel is not only third largest city of the Swiss Confederation, but also a cultural and political powerhouse within Switzerland.
On weekdays there is a local market. Cafes invite to rest and observe the lively und buzzy life. Street musicians and artists add to the very enjoyable flair of Basel.
Day Trips Basel can be booked stand-alone or as part of a half day / full day excursion from Freiburg. Discover with your professional guide: