Basel Old City Town
Duration: 2 hours
Overview: If you are visiting Basel for the first time, this traditional tour should definitely be on your itinerary. Even if you already know the city, there's always more to discover. During two hours, you will follow the traces of a moving past, from the Tinguely fountain over Cathedral Hill to the City Hall and through the winding alleyways of the well-preserved Old Town. On Saturdays tours are monolingual. While other days of the week, the tour commentary is provided in both languages. ATTENTION: If you are staying overnight in Basel, do not book this tour. The city council offers a free City Pass to each person staying overnight in Basel which includes a discount for this Tour.
Spielzeug Welten Museum (Toy Museum)
Overview: The collection of more than 6,000 toys, including dolls, stuffed animals, dollhouses, shop models, and carousels is not just for children. The dollhouses are exceptional, not only the historical examples, but the newly commissioned works of artists who create rooms and shops in miniature. One section is devoted to the Neapolitan folk art of nativity scenes set in the context of everyday life in early Naples, with figures dressed in infinitely detailed costumes. The museum's collection of 2,500 teddy bears is thought to be the world's largest.
Even if you don't tour the museum, don't miss walking around to look in the windows. Six display-sized windows facing the street are dedicated to changing displays from the collections, based on seasonal and other themes and representing current special exhibitions.
Duration: Half a Day
Overview: Basel's large zoo is affectionately known as the Zolli by locals. Founded in 1874 with 510 European animals, today the zoo is known more for exotic species. With predators, primates, mammals, reptiles, birds, and aquatic life, the population ranges from seahorses to elephants, the latter now enjoying a new elephant enclosure added in 2015 with wallowing pools, showers, and a savannah-like environment. The lion enclosure and monkey house are highlights, along with the penguins in the vivarium, which also houses fish and reptiles. The aviary houses both indigenous and exotic birds, as well as birds of prey. The zoo has been particularly successful in breeding rhinoceros and cheetahs.
Rhine River Cruises
Duration: an hour
Overview: The Rhine River is one of the most infamous bodies of water in Europe. The Rhine River winds through many infamous cities including Basel. Cruises along the Rhine River are a favorite pastime for many travelers.