Great place to walk around
Basel is a fabulous place to be discovered by foot. The old part of Basel is very picturesque, there are even organized walks that will show you the most beautiful areas of Basel.
For more information, here are two great websites on Basel:
Go for this crazy festival when all the lights are switched off and baslers stay up all night to welcome in lent listening to trommlers (drummers) and pfiffers (piccolo players) make an unholy racket. don't forget the massive lanterns and crazy costumes. the one time swiss people really let their hair down and cover the streets in mountains of confetti, to be duly swept clean within a couple of hours of the road cleaners getting out there every day....
Are you a tennis fan? If so, then Basel in Oct/Nov is a *must* for you. The Davidoff Swiss Indoors is one of the biggest (indoor) events on the ATP tour. You get to see many of the famous tennis players like Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic etc.
I saw the opening ceremony - which was quite impressive with a local orchestra playing classical music and despite Paul Potts singing :-) - and the Match Roger Federer vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov. It was a (too) quick job for Federer, Dolgopolov retired due to an injury a few minutes prior to the inevitable match point would have been played. Anyway, it was great to see Federer playing live. Will go again at some time.
Tickets are expensive. Either you have connections to sponsors or you have to pay between 100 and 200 Sfr. Yuck.
Take a boat: the Baslerdybly (and others)
This is something I only discovered recently. Basels prominent river the Rhine is not only something to look at.
Except for the Ferrys (Fähren in swiss german) that cross the river, there are bigger boats or ships that can take you up and down, make special dinner cruises, sunday brunches and you can also rent them for your party.
Very romantic and certainly something not everyone does.
In the picture you can see the ship "Baslerdybly" (dove of Basel) that we rented for a birthday party on a sunday. They offered Apero and service personal as well as a trip up and down the Rhine. Great views!
This is something special for a nice evening.
Their offers you can find on the homepage of the Basler Personenschiffahrt (see link below).
Unfortunately it is only in german.
Price examples: Sunday Brunch: ticket SFr 15.-, brunch: 38.-
Captains dinner: ticket SFr. 20.-, dinner: 4 course meal 57.-
Trams and Buses in Basel
An effective and efficient way to get around in Basel is to buy yourself a daily tram ticket. Trams are clean and timely and everywhere, as are the buses. Tickets can be purchased at automats near bus stations, stops and at the train stations. My day-long ticket cost 14 Swiss Francs, and special thanks to MYNDO for covering that purchase. (I had no Francs, only Euros having just arrived from Germany).
Single ride tickets are available, but if you're going to be riding more than a couple of times, you want a day ticket. You can also get 2, 3, 4, and (I think) 7 day tickets.
I understand that if you stay in a hotel in Basel, a free "Basel Mobility" card may be included with your stay. Supposedly, this card will give you free access to the trams and buses. But, this I do not know for sure. Check with your hotel, if you're staying at a hotel.
And, these tickets are very effective regional transportation as well. I do know that we used my ticket when we took a 30 minute bus ride from downtown Basel to the village of Muttenz, where MYNDO and her family live.
For more information on Basel transportation, please visit their website below. You may have to find a friend who can translate if you don't "do" Deutsch. Thankfully, I am able to read the language myself. I have not yet found the/an English version of the site.