Basel’s Old Town is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful historic city centers in Europe. With its narrow alleyways and hidden squares adorned with more than 200 fountains, it delights visitors in equal measure. Here you will find a multitude of centuries-old buildings as well as impressive sights such as the imposing town hall and the impressive Basel Cathedral.
The old town of Basel impresses with its extraordinary architectural diversity. An outstanding example of this is the Mittlere Brücke, which has existed in its current form since 1905. An earlier version of the bridge stood on the same site as early as 1220. From here, you can enjoy an impressive view of the Basel skyline and the imposing Basel Minster.
Basel’s old town – historically and architecturally valuable
Basel Minster has been rising majestically above the city for more than 800 years and is definitely an absolute must-see for visitors. You have the opportunity to visit the impressive church and the idyllic cloister. During the cathedral’s opening hours, you can also climb the 250 steps of the towers, for which you will be rewarded with an incomparable view.
Another highlight of Basel’s old town is the Pfalz, a terrace behind the cathedral that offers a fantastic vantage point. You should definitely take a break here and enjoy the view over Kleinbasel, the Rhine, the Black Forest and the Vosges mountains. The panoramic view from the Palatinate is simply breathtaking.
The Spalentor is one of the original eight city gates that were part of the outer city wall. Thanks to its strategic location on the important trade route towards Alsace, the gate was passed through by numerous traders and travelers. This historical significance gives the Spalentor its reputation as one of the most beautiful and magnificent city gates in Switzerland. It is truly a stroke of luck that it has been preserved over the centuries.
Another impressive building is the richly decorated town hall, which definitely attracts everyone’s attention. The market square in front of the town hall is also worth a visit. Here you can stroll around the market and sample our delicious specialties while gaining an insight into our everyday life.
The St. Alban quarter is a tourist highlight in Basel’s old town and is also known as the “little Venice of Basel”. On your stroll through the narrow alleyways, you will discover historic houses and mills, while water is always in sight. Small streams, artificial canals created by monks and, of course, the majestic Rhine add to the romantic atmosphere. It is a true oasis of romance!
The St. Alban quarter, the Spalentor, the town hall and the market square are just some of the highlights that Basel has to offer. Immerse yourself in the rich history and picturesque beauty of this city as you wander through narrow streets and historic squares. Basel is undoubtedly a place that invites you to discover the romantic side of Switzerland.
Video Basel. Altstadt /Basel Old Town
Basel’s old town. The historic center of the city in autumn. Basel Minster, Town Hall, Spalentor, St. John’s Gate and other sights.
Video Basel (Switzerland)  | EPIC drone in 4K
Video My Basel – Cinematic FPV
This summer, we captured Basel from an extraordinary perspective, using an FPV drone to fly between bridges, soar over church spires and swoop down towers. The technology of the FPV drone enables breathtaking shots and takes you on a journey through the skies of this dream city.