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The top things to see and do around Baselworld

Basel is often overlooked in favour of Zürich and Geneva, but with the major international watch and jewellery event Baselworld fast approaching, we explore some of the city’s cultural highlights

City Guide
Marina Nelson,

With the Baselworld show taking place from 25 April, you’ll want to make the most of your stay in Basel, whether it’s for a long weekend or more.

Here we take you on a mini tour of the city, including cultural excursions, tax-free shopping highlights and authentic Swiss cuisine, rounded off with a stay in a luxurious five-star hotel.

Vintage tram tour
Explore the city with a ride on one of its iconic vintage trams from the 1920s. Lasting an hour, the tour takes visitors on a historic ride through Basel, a city famous for its art scene and vibrant culture.

Prices: CHF20 (adults); CHF10 (children)
Tickets: +41 (0)61 268 6868

Botanischer Garten der Universität Basel
For an alternative excursion, take a trip across the Rhine to the city’s oldest and most famous botanical gardens, where you can explore tropical plants and admire the Mediterranean flowers on display.

Plant lovers will also enjoy the centre’s greenhouses, which turn into magical rainforests as the sun sets.

Entrance: free

Botanischer Garten der Universität Basel, Schönbeinstrasse 6, 4056 Basel, +41 (0)61 267 3519

Just a short walk from Basel university and its botanical garden is Globus department store, offering visitors tax-free shopping across five floors of fashion, beauty and homeware.

Discover the latest clothing and accessories from top labels such as Hugo Boss, Love Moschino and Versace, to name just a few. If you feel hungry after all that shopping, head to the café on the fifth floor.

Globus, Marktplatz 2, 4001 Basel, +41 (0)58 578 4545

For more department-store delights, take a trip across the Rhine to Manor, with two locations in Basel. The Greifengasse store is one of the largest in town, where customers can browse top international designer brands such as Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Valentino.

Don’t forget to visit the store’s impressive food hall, where you can find authentic local delights to satisfy your taste buds.

Manor, Greifengasse 22, 4005 Basel, +41 (0)61 685 4699

Gasthof Zum Goldenen Sternen
This cosy historic riverside restaurant offers diners a relaxed atmosphere, making it the perfect place to enjoy an evening meal by candlelight.

During the summer months the outside dining area becomes a hub of activity, ensuring everyone has a wonderful experience. Enjoy the menu’s selection of Swiss delights, alongside the house specialities and popular Mediterranean dishes.

Gasthof zum Goldenen Sternen, Sankt Alban-Rheinweg 70, 4052 Basel, +41 (0)61 272 1666

Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois
No trip to Basel is complete without a stay in one of the city’s most luxurious five-star hotels. Set in the old town overlooking the Rhine, the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois mixes historic elegance with modern touches.

Guests can enjoy the hotel’s deluxe suites, outdoor sauna and rooftop Jacuzzi, and sample the exquisite food in the Michelin-starred restaurant.

Whether you’re staying for one night or more, you’re sure to be treated like royalty, ensuring you leave with a lasting memory of a glorious trip to Basel.

Prices: from CHF445 for a deluxe single room

Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, Blumenrain 8, 4001 Basel, +41 (0)61 260 5050



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