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Basel River Cruises

About Basel

Cosmopolitan Basel is Switzerland’s third largest city and the point at which you’ll start or end your Rhine cruise before transferring overland to Lucerne if your voyage concentrates on exploring the lower regions of this epic river. It has the distinction of being one of the few cities in the world where three different nations come together; in the case of Basel, France, Germany and obviously Switzerland. This geographical meet of nations makes a Basel a fascinating multicultural city to explore and if you’re in the city for more than a day, also offers the opportunity to experience a little of the beautiful Swiss Rhineland which surrounds it. Aside from its beautiful medieval old town centre, it’s famous for being home to a number of exceptional art museums.

Exploring Basel

Basel is a real city of culture and one of its most popular attractions is the distinctive and beautiful Munster cathedral, made of red sandstone and featuring a multi-coloured tiled roof. As well as being an architectural eye-catcher, its lofty hilltop position means that you can enjoy some fabulous views of Basel while there. Another landmark in keeping with the red stone theme is the beautiful Rathaus or Town Hall, which features some splendid architecture and stone engravings.

As a true cultural giant, Basel boasts more museums than anywhere else in Switzerland and holds one of the world’s most respected art markets each year – no surprise then that the Fine Arts Museum is one of its most popular attractions. Take a look inside and you’ll find a wealth of works by the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh, Renoir and Rodin to name but a few. Other notable museums include the Natural History Museum and another of the city’s most popular attractions, the Paper Mill Museum, which offers a unique insight into the history of paper-making, where you can see craftsmen at work and even try your hand at creating your own sheet of paper. Or for something completely different, take a trip out to the Jean Tinguely Museum, where you’ll be able to view a number of this ingenious artist’s works of moving metal.

Basel also acts as the gateway to some of the country’s most beautiful scenery, so it follows that there is some bountiful green spaces to enjoy during your visit. The University Botanical Garden offers some superb glasshouse exhibits and provides a welcome escape from the city, while Solitude Park certainly lives up to its name, offering leafy respite and a pleasing riverside Rhine walk. It’s also where you’ll find the aforementioned Jean Tinguely museum if you want to combine two attractions in one visit. As well as a pleasing outdoor space, Tierpark Lange Erlen is also a free zoo which offers plenty of space for the animals to roam and is not so big that you won’t have enough time to look around.

Basel tips

As a place where several nations meet, Basel’s a foodie's delight and boasts some exceptional gourmet restaurants – perfect if you’ve got a little more time to spend in the city. Basel also has an extensive tram network which makes it easy to get around, but also keep a lookout for trams if you’re exploring on foot, as they’re efficiently silent.

Basel Itineraries

Koln

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Basel

14 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2249pp
Cochem

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

14 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2020
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3079pp
Breisach

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

92 sailing dates April 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam

Includes direct flights and overseas transfers

AmaWaterways logo FROM £1599pp
Mainz

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

36 sailing dates April 2019 to December 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £1569pp
Amsterdam

The Rhine and Moselle - Southbound

5 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
12 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Tauck logo FROM £5029pp
Lucerne

Amsterdam to Zurich

1 sailing date April 2020
11 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
Scenic River Cruises logo CALL
Strasbourg

Amsterdam to Zurich

5 sailing dates April 2020 to September 2020
11 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Basel

Rhine & Moselle Discovery - Basel to Trier

14 sailing dates June 2019 to December 2019
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Trier
Viking Cruises logo CALL
Breisach

Basel to Amsterdam

7 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Saga Group logo FROM £1449pp
Rudesheim

Amsterdam to Basel

7 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Saga Group logo FROM £1399pp
Amsterdam

Rhine & Moselle Delights

2 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2020
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
AmaWaterways logo FROM £3899pp
Strasbourg

Rhine & Moselle Delights - Basel to Amsterdam

2 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2020
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
AmaWaterways logo CALL
Mainz

Rhine & Moselle Discovery - Trier to Basel

9 sailing dates June 2019 to December 2019
7 Nights From Trier, to Switzerland , Basel
Viking Cruises logo FROM £1995pp
Strasbourg

Strasbourg to Strasbourg

1 sailing date May 2019
5 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
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Basel

Picturesque Alsace and the Rhine

1 sailing date September 2019
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
Shearings logo CALL
Breisach

German Grandeur - Munich to Basel

2 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2019
10 Nights From Munich, to Switzerland , Basel
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Strasbourg

Zurich to Amsterdam

7 sailing dates August 2019 to August 2020
10 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2689pp
Basel

Rhine & Rhône Revealed - Amsterdam to Cote d'Azur

10 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2019
16 Nights From Amsterdam, to Toulon (for Cote D'Azur)
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £3799pp
Amsterdam

Jewels of the Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

8 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1759pp
Mainz

Best of the Rhine Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date October 2019
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Saga Group logo FROM £1149pp

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