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This is Basel Switzerland: Basel Food and Attractions

From its landscapes to its architecture, Basel, Switzerland offers an amazing European experience. My local guide spent a weekend showing me her favorite spots and attractions! If you’re looking for what to do in Basel, I have some recommendations for you.

DTV in Basel, Switzerland!

American Living in Germany: Know Before You Go

Depending on where you live in Germany, this city on the northwestern tip of Switzerland can be a long day trip or a short weekend visit. It’s less than a 6-hour drive from Grafenwoehr, almost a 5-hour drive from Garmisch, and just 3 1/2 hours from Kaiserslautern.

Planning to drive? Check out our guide to shipping your car overseas!

And be sure to buy a vignette when you reach the border. As of 2020, the annual vignette for Switzerland costs 40 Francs. (They don’t sell 10 or 30 day vignettes like Austria and Czech Republic.)

And speaking of Francs, you’ll need some currency! Some places will accept Euros, such as gas stations and tourist shops. But if you don’t want to withdraw cash, most places will also accept card.

Last but not least, bring your tourist passport! Your Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) passport isn’t a valid travel document – it just allows you to reside in Germany.

Where to Eat in Basel

Even though it’s not a major European city, Basel still has a diverse and delicious food scene!

Markthalle in Basel, Switzerland has a variety of food stands

Markthalle

Markthalle has numerous kiosks with a wide variety of cuisines. We had a cheese platter from Mylk, which was coated with juniper berries and fresh herbs – and that was just the board itself. The spread included cheese, chutney, yogurt, and a loaf of bread from the Cool Beans Bakery.

And if you’re craving something untraditionally Swiss, try La Arepera for some South American food.

La Arepara serves up South American food at the Markthalle in Basel

If you have a chance to eat more than one meal here, the Markthalle also has Indian food, burgers, pizza, and a full bar to enjoy. Vino e/y Vino offers a variety of wines, and will be happy to help you choose your next favorite.

Front entrance to Schiesser Confiserie, one of Basel's oldest chocolate shops

Schiesser Confiserie

Operating in the same location since 1870, this Swiss chocolate shop comes highly recommended by my local guide! Sit down for a few pieces of your choice, along with a Viennese style coffee, a cup of tea, or even a glass of wine.

Switzerland’s incredibly high production standards are part of what makes their chocolate so exceptional. That, and their innovative obsession with the confection.

Carpaccio and bread sticks at Acqua in Basel

Acqua

Acqua’s terrace is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. But if the weather isn’t agreeable, the interior is just as nice!

The chairs are unusually designed, but are still very comfortable, and the decoration is like something out of a fairy tale book (to be fair, all of Switzerland is basically a fairy tale).

If you love the Swiss countryside, you have to visit Grindelwald!

And the food is pretty good, too! This Italian restaurant may not be suitable for children, but I recommend that you treat yourself to a meal and a couple glasses of wine.

boats, bbq, and city views on the rhine river of basel switzerland

What to Do in Basel

After you spend your day walking around and eating great food, you’ll want to dance it off at one of the clubs!

Don’t forget to check out my Top 8 Attractions in Basel!

Nordstern Club in Basel, Switzerland

Nordstern

This unique venue is inside of a ship, but has been “decked” out with a top-of-the-line sound system and reconstructed for the best acoustics. Nordstern hosts regular programming every Thursday night, with rotating guests every Friday and Saturday.

COVID-19 Update: Nordstern is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 measures

Campari Club

If electronic music isn’t your scene, Campari Club is the place to be! The Campari Bar at the Kunsthalle Restaurant transforms into the Campari Club on the last Saturday of every month.

Dance it out to grooves from the 70s, 80s, and 90s or simply enjoy the warm weather on the patio.

aerial view of basel cathedral in switzerland

Frequently Asked Questions about Basel Food and Travel

Still have questions about visiting Basel? Ask me in the comments!

Where to stay in Basel?

You have a lot of great options! There are plenty of convenient hotels in Basel Old Town if you want to have quick and easy access to the main attractions. But if you want a quieter (and more affordable) stay, Hotel Maximilian has a beautiful view of the Rhine.

Any other Basel food recommendations?

You won’t run out of options if you know where to look! There are a bunch of Basel street food-type options around the Matthäus district, as well as cheap eats throughout the city. And you’ll find a wide variety of restaurants in Basel Old Town, from small cafes to michelin star eateries.

Stop by Schiesser Confisserie for some of the best chocolates and coffee in Basel

Best Things to Do in Basel!

Basel has so much art, food, and culture for you to experience. Take a weekend to explore this beautiful Swiss city!

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