Welcome to Northwestern Switzerland


Basel, the recommended base for your explorations, has a wealth of avant-garde architecture that juxtaposes with its enchanting Old Town, and is both built for business and deeply cultural. The city itself boasts a diverse collection of almost 40 museums, but a host of lesser-known treasures awaits in the surrounding verdant countryside.

A short excursion outside Basel leads to Switzerland’s finest Roman ruins at Augusta Raurica. Further east along the Rhine, the pretty medieval city of Aarau was the original homeland of the Habsburgs, the clan that eventually came to rule over the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Here, a journey around the Aare and Limatt valleys takes in the craggy castles of Habsburg, Wildegg, Lenzburg and Hallwyl, along with a collection of pretty villages and the fetching thermal spa-resort town of Baden.


Top experiences in Northwestern Switzerland

Northwestern Switzerland activities

$20.45 Kid Friendly

Stories of Basel's Old Town

Go on a journey back through all the epochs. There can be few other cityscapes where buildings dating back as far as the fifteenth century engage so harmoniously and vibrantly with the contemporary creations of internationally distinguished architects. On our tour, you will be told all about Basel and the background to its development while passing historic buildings such as the city hall, the Basel cathedral and the Barfüsserkirche. Also a lot about the city's present situation will be explained. Besides from being taken to some picturesque corners of the Old Town, you'll be shown places that closely reflect Basel's present-day Zeitgeist, such as the Museum der Kulturen and the Tinguely fountains.

$67.49 Cultural & Theme Tours

Rotteln Castle Entry Ticket with Round-Trip Travel from Basel

Rötteln castle is in position on the southern edge of the Black Forest close to the Rhine, above the Wiese valley (near the modern town of Lörrach), and its extensive fortifications made it one of the most significant castles in south west Germany. Although first mentioned in 1259, the castle was probably first built long before then. It was the seat of the Lords of Rötteln (who first appear in the historical record in 1102), the most powerful and well-known noble family in the Lörrach region, a family which played an influential role in the affairs of nearby Basel in modern day Switzerland.Pick-up and drop-off from your location in Basel.

$28.63 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Sunday Vintage Tram Tour in Basel

Go on a real Sunday pleasure onboard of a vintage tram! Trams have long been an important element of Basel life. This trip on a vintage tram will provide a window on the past: giving you a feeling of what it was like to travel around the city a hundred years ago. You can look forward to a tour in which you will hear authentic sounds of yesteryear: as you rumble along in the old tram, our guide's enlightening commentary will help evoke times past. Besides that, the trip will enable you to see the city from a different perspective.

$71.58 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Transfer: Basel Airport to Basel Hotels

For making a booking, you will need to provide your travel details (pickup/drop off locations and time, flight number, number of passengers, contact details) as per which will receive a confirmation voucher within 24 hours.Your professional driver will meet you at the airport with a greeting sign stating the name of the lead passenger, and guide you to the vehicle assisting also with luggage.

$357.89 Transfers & Ground Transport

Basel Airport to Switzerland Private Arrival Transfer Service

For making a booking, you will need to provide your travel details (pickup/drop off locations and time, flight number, number of passengers, contact details) as per which will receive a confirmation voucher within 24 hours.Your professional driver will meet you at the airport with a greeting sign stating the name of the lead passenger, and guide you to the vehicle assisting also with luggage.With this private transfer service you meet your driver at Basel Airport or Hotel, and relax on the journey to your hotel or private residence or Airport. These private vehicles can accommodate up to 4 passengers. One way or round-trip options available.

$203.48 Day Trips & Excursions

Half-Day Zurich Guided Tour from Basel

Depart from your Basel hotel at a time that suits your schedule and climb aboard a luxury minivan. Choose between these tours:Downtown tour:Learn how a Roman toll point became the city with the highest quality of life. See the influence of Charles the Great, Vladimir Lenin, Albert Einstein and Marc Chagall on the economic and scientific center of Switzerland. See Zurich's highlights and secret spots. Sweet Tour:A tour to discover Zurich and its sweet specialties. We go to the famous Coffee House Sprüngli, discover one of the most famous Swiss chocolate brands and enjoy a small hot chocolate in a elegant old Vienna- style Coffee House. You will also learn about Zurich and its history as we walk. West tour:Zurich West is multicultural, vibrant, modern and taste-fully grungy in some parts. You will get to know the trendy Zurich. The re-urbanization and artistic locations contrast with the old industrial parts. Explore one of the world‘s longest viaducts, innovative businesses and the Prime Tower, Zurich's highest building Historical Tour:Feel the fascinating spirit of history during a walk through the picturesque old town. See the development of Zurich from a modest Roman toll station to an important medieval town. Hear about the reformation, the severe troubles during the Napoleonic wars and the development of the city as a financial capital. Gourmet Tour:What's your flavor? Enjoy a unique experience in Zurich by tasting great food and learning more about the different restaurants in Zurich: You will have the chance to enjoy typical Swiss cuisine and international dishes in four different restaurants.

Northwestern Switzerland in detail