Excursion

Basel Walking Tour & Christmas Market

One of Europe's best preserved historic towns, Basel is perfect for exploring on foot. Travel through time as you stroll its medieval squares and gaze upon centuries-old landmarks. Then, immerse yourself in the magic of the season at a Christmas market in the heart of the city.

Complimentary
  • Code
    BSL-18
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    Cultural
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    3.5 Hours

A short transfer by motor coach takes you to the historic center of Switzerland's third largest city, where an inviting medieval charm is evoked by lovely cobbled streets and half-timbered buildings.

On your guided stroll, you'll marvel at such attractions as Basel's impressive cathedral, known as the Münster. Situated on a hill overlooking the Rhine, this red sandstone structure is perhaps the city's most famous landmark. Originally built in the 11th century, it is characterized by both Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. Erasmus of Rotterdam, the renowned humanist and theologian, is buried at this church.

Yet another amazing sight is the Rathaus or Town Hall. Situated in the Marktplatz area, it boasts a beautiful red façade decorated with whimsical frescoes. Built in the 16th century in the Gothic style, today it is the seat of local government.

Basel is also home to a truly unique city icon, the Tinguely Fountain. Designed by Swiss painter and sculptor Jean Tinguely, the fountain features amusing water-spouting sculptures that are mechanized and constantly moving, displaying a form of kinetic art known as metamechanics.

Enjoy some free time to explore Basel's Christmas market at Münsterplatz. Delight in the fairy-tale charms of this yuletide wonderland as you appreciate the twinkling lights and imaginatively decorated stands. Here, amid the wafting scents of roasting almonds, gingerbread and mulled wine, you can find the perfect keepsake or a tasty delight.

After reveling in the festivities, return by motor coach to your Crystal river ship.

Important Notes: 
This excursion involves a moderate amount of walking over uneven and cobblestone surfaces. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. It is not suitable for wheelchairs.