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Stay Overnight in Basel

The following hotels, among others, are available for your overnight stay in Basel. Simply book via this portal:

On the day of arrival, the reservation confirmation entitles the holder to use public transport in 2nd class from EuroAirport or Basel railway stations (zones 10 and 13/EuroAirport) to the hotel.

All guests staying in a hotel in Basel-Stadt will then receive the BaselCard at check-in.

The BaselCard can also be downloaded onto a smartphone as a web app. The BaselCard app works mostly offline and offers the same free services and discounts. In electronic form, the guest card also has an interactive city map.

You can benefit from these discounts with the BaselCard:

Free travel on public transport (use of 2nd class public transport in the city of Basel and surrounding area (TNW zones 10, 11, 13/EuroAirport, 14 and 15 = area of validity analogous to "Basel" day ticket).

  • Free surfing on Guest WiFi Basel
  • 50% reduction on admission to Basel museums
  • 50% discount on admission to Basel Zoo
  • 50% reduction on a ticket at the Basel Theatre box office
  • 50% reduction on a ticket for a sightseeing bus tour
  • 50% discount for the guided tour «Basler Altstadtgeschichten» at 2.30 p.m. (please reserve)
  • 50% discount on a ticket for the public boat trips of the Basler Personenschifffahrt (Basel passenger boat service)
  • Special offer: Guest Bike Basel - e-bike rental at SBB station for CHF 20 per day

The discounts are only valid once per attraction and cannot be combined with other discounts.

For some of the BaselCard offers, the availability of the offers is currently limited due to the corona pandemic.

Places of Interest in Basel

A must-see in Basel is the 800-year-old Basler Münster,  built in Romanesque and Gothic style, the Palatinate behind the Cathedral, with its unique view of the Mittlere Brücke and Kleinbasel opposite, and the City Hall on the Marktplatz, which is the seat of the Basel government and parliament. Also worth a visit: the Spalenberg with the Spalentor. For a summary of our nine top sights, click on this Link.

The four ferries "Wilde Maa", "Leu", "Vogel Gryff" and "Ueli" operate between the five Rhine bridges in Basel, allowing you to cross the Rhine without an engine and only by the power of the current. This form of transport is not only popular with tourists, but also with the locals.

Nearly 40 museums attract numerous visitors with their collections and special exhibitions - this abundance of museums is unique in Switzerland and also top class in international comparison. Here you will find an overview of our top ten museums as well as an overview of all special exhibitions.

The important and very well-known museum Fondation Beyeler is hosting the exhibition «MONDRIAN» in September. On the occasion of the artist's 150th birthday, the Fondation Beyeler is dedicating a comprehensive exhibition to the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian.

If the weather is still summery and beautiful in September, we recommend taking a swim in the Rhine. Swimming on the Rhine is the most popular sport in Basel in summer. Thanks to the Wickelfisch, your clothes will stay dry. The Wickelfisch is a swimming bag in the shape of a fish and a Basel invention. From the entrance at the Museum Tinguely, you can float down the Rhine and enjoy the scenery of the picturesque old town. Afterwards, you can enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the "Buvetten" while you let the sun dry you on the banks of the Rhine. Buvettes are lovingly designed, small open-air eating establishments that can be found along the banks of the Rhine in Kleinbasel.