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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

Breisach

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Basel

8 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £1579pp
Cochem

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

7 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3319pp
Amsterdam

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

105 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2099pp
Koblenz

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

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

Includes flights and transfers. No single supplement special, prices from £1,889.

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £1549pp
Bernkastel

The Rhine and Moselle - Southbound

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

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
Breisach

Best of the Rhine Basel to Amsterdam

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

Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date April 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
AmaWaterways logo CALL
Zurich

Vienna to Amsterdam

2 sailing dates May 2020 to July 2020
21 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Amsterdam
Scenic River Cruises logo CALL
Vienna

Rhine & Alpine Highlights

1 sailing date June 2020
14 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Amsterdam
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £5869pp
Amsterdam

Rhine Christmas Markets

1 sailing date December 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2149pp
Amsterdam

Basel to Amsterdam - Northbound

1 sailing date April 2019
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to Basel
Tauck logo FROM £3519pp
Amsterdam

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date August 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4079pp
Strasbourg

New Year's Eve Cruise on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2019
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
Amadeus River Cruises logo FROM £1369pp
Antwerp

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

1 sailing date May 2019
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
Scenic River Cruises logo CALL
Strasbourg

Zurich to Amsterdam in 2019

4 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
12 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
Scenic River Cruises logo CALL
Strasbourg

Roundtrip Strasbourg

15 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
4 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
CroisiEurope logo FROM £959pp
Breisach

Best of the Rhine Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date October 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Saga Group logo FROM £1179pp
Mainz

Basel to Trier

1 sailing date September 2019
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Trier
Viking Cruises logo CALL
Koblenz

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date May 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4449pp

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