Last month, I had the chance to visit gorgeous Basel, Switzerland. When planning my month-long Europe adventure, I wanted to visit some bigger cities as well as some smaller unique cities. I was so impressed with my time in Basel! Located in northwestern Switzerland, Basel is near the border of Germany and France. This unique destination is rich in history and has a lot to offer. Keep reading to learn how to spend 3 days in Basel, Switzerland. You too might find yourself falling in love with this destination.
Where to Stay:
During my visit, I had a wonderful stay at Hotel Steinenschanze. This is a lovely modern hotel located right on the bus route. My room was spacious and comfortable. Some of my favorite things about this hotel include the welcome drinks, daily breakfast buffet, fresh filtered water filling stations throughout the hotel, and very helpful staff. Whenever I had a question about transport or nearby attractions, they were quick to offer suggestions. I happened to be staying here on my birthday, and they even gave me a gift — so thoughtful! If you’re planning a trip to Basel, I highly recommend this hotel. You won’t be disappointed!
Where and What to Eat:
I ate so much food while visiting Basel — but I do love food, so that’s not so surprising! Here’s a look at at some of the places that you may want to visit for delicious food.
This place was awesome! I’m always down for trying something out of the ordinary and even though I’m not vegetarian, I do love eating at vegetarian restaurants while on my travels. Tibits offers a buffet with vegetarian and vegan offerings. You can fill up a plate and eat there or fill up take-out containers to bring back to your home or hotel. They also serve coffees, organic beers, and fresh juices as well! I visited during the dinner session, but they also serve their buffet during breakfast and lunch — which I think is so cool.
This was a cozy restaurant with many offerings. At Kohlmanns, you’ll find salads, pastas, fire cakes, and other entrees as well as beer and wine. While I enjoyed my entree and wine (yum!), my most favorite part was the fire cake, which I chose as an appetizer. These are similar to flatbread pizzas and have a variety of toppings. I had one with munster cheese and pears — so yummy! This is a great place to visit if you’re traveling to Basel with a group — as they also had lots of tables for larger parties.
Another restaurant I enjoyed was Restaurant Eintracht. Their speciality is their various offerings of Cordon-bleu. They also have other offerings like the one pictured below. Here you will also find many seasonal beers. This restaurant runs a nice lunch menu from 11:30-2:00pm, where soup or a salad is also included with your entree.
During my 3 days in Basel, I also visited other area restaurants that I highly recommend. Schlüsselzunft offered delicious entrees like lamb rack, sea bass, and duck breast (this was sooo good!) as well as a big selection of wine! Another great choice is Restaurant Walliser Kanne — if you love cheese, it’s the place for you! Here there are so many fondue and raclette choices. No matter where you go to eat while in Basel, you’re sure to find lots of delicious options.
What to Do:
There’s always something to do in Basel! One thing I love is the fact that Basel has a variety of fairs held throughout the year. I was visiting during Basel’s Autumn Fair. This was a lot of fun to see because it was spread out through different parts of the city. There’s food, rides, games, and other activities to enjoy. I visited different parts of this fair on two separate afternoons. My favorite part was enjoying the delicious foods! If you happen to visiting during another time of the year, they also have other fairs and markets, including ones centered around art and jewelry, as well as a big Christmas fair. Basel also hosts weekly markets where you can buy breads, fruits and vegetables, and homemade goods.
I also spent time exploring some of Basel’s museums. Did you know that Basel has over 30 museums?! I was amazed at the variety. There’s a toy museum full of doll houses, teddy bears, and other toys. a museum full of musical instruments from all over the world, and a museum which highlights the history of Basel and its Swiss, French, and German cultures.
I visited the Spielzeug Welten Museum, which is the toy and teddy bear museum. It was so neat to see how toys have changed over the years. I also spent some time at Fondation Beyeler, which had some really unique art pieces on display when I visited. They offer special classes and guided tours. The building itself is a piece of art on its own and also features a gorgeous outdoor garden.
I also had the chance to take a guided city walking tour, which was so cool! I learned so much about the history of Basel. Basel Tourism offers a variety of guided tours for you to enjoy. You can even plan a bigger guided tour if you’re traveling with a group.
Another favorite thing that I did was just walk around and take in all of the sights! I love looking at the buildings and taking in the natural beauty. There are also so many shops to walk in and explore, if you’re looking for treats or souvenirs. It’s no secret that I visited a couple of chocolate shops —mmm!! One evening I also stumbled into (ha no pun intended!) L’Unique, which was a really neat rock music bar. They offer food, drinks, and live music! I loved looking at all of the memorabilia inside as well as the awesome street art display outside — which features rock music icons.
I had a blast exploring Basel during my 3-day adventure. If you ever find yourself visiting this destination, I hope you enjoy the above suggestions. Please look out for my next post, which will highlight more reasons to love Basel!
In addition, you can check out the short video below for more of a glimpse into Basel.
Disclaimer: I was invited to Basel through a partnership with Basel Tourism. As always, all views are my own.