Basilea Hotel

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Zaehringerstrasse 25, Zurich, Zurich, CH-8001, Switzerland
Hotel Basilea
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 27% more than similarly rated 3 star hotels

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  • Couples50
  • Solo87
  • Business53

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best hotel to stay at

by Pkorn

We will be in Zurich 1.5 days. Where would be the best place to stay so we can see as much as possible?

Re: best hotel to stay at

by yumyum

There are dozens of hotels downtown! Check the postcode of the hotels, all that have 8001 are the most central ones.

Re: best hotel to stay at

by Pkorn

Thank you for your response. I'm sorry but I don't know what a post code is - please explain. Also, how long does it take to get to the airport from downtown? thanks again.

Re: best hotel to stay at

by yumyum

It takes 10 - 15 min. by train from the airport to Zürich Hauptbahnhof (the main railway station). Check: for the timetable but there are several trains per day.

Each address in Switzerland (and other countries for that matter) has a postcode either for the town itself or each part of town has one.

Re: best hotel to stay at

by lee.evelyn

If you Google 'Zurich B and B' you will get a list of reasonably priced accommodation. Some is centrally located but can be noisy at night.
Yum Yum:
I found a nice B&B in Hoengg. Is this very far from the city centre? Is it a nice part of Zurich to stay at?

Re: best hotel to stay at

by yumyum

Hoengg is generally quite nice except along some busy street. That part of town is located on a hillside and depending on the address you may have to climb a lot of stairs. Trolleybus no. 46 takes you to the main railway station as well as tram no. 13.

Re: best hotel to stay at

by yumyum

Hoengg is a residential area with a lovely little church and a vineyard. When will you visit Zurich?

Re: best hotel to stay at

by lee.evelyn

Hi 'Yum yum' thank you very much for your reply! I like the idea that it is in a residential area, sounds good.
The B&B is at Winzerstrasse, near Werdinsel. I have lived in Zurich and never been to 'Werdinsel'. I am going at the end of October.

Travel Tips for Zürich

River Limmat


Take a stroll along the River Limmat which flows through the Old Town of Zurich and divides the city in half.

The river Limmat rises at the northern end of the Lake Zurich. One of its tributaries is the Sihl which flows into the Limmat just north of the main train station.

One of the nicest parts for a stroll along the Limmat is the western bank between the bridges Rathausbrucke and Quaibrucke.

Excursion to Rapperswil

by german_eagle

At times one gets tired of the bustling city and needs a quiet time to relax. My suggestion is to hop on one of the boats that cruise on Lake Zürich and to go to Rapperswil. You might want to take a train if your time is limited (boat 2.30 h vs. train 0.40 h) or take the boat to and the train back - that's what I did. Both have their charm. The trains run right through the cute small towns and the vineyards along the lake while you only get a vague impression from the boat. A boat ride is a whole different thing, though, as you know.

The modern boat that I took was quite comfortable with a restaurant (I had a good glass of wine), upper deck was first class (I didn't splurge). As it was a Sunday it was quite busy, but not crowded as passengers got on and off at each stop. I had to pay a surcharge of CHF 16 in addition to my Zürich Card to get to Rapperswil and back (also valid on the S-Bahn trains). Rapperswil is absolutely picturesque. Its setting on a peninsula, with castle and church above the medieval old town, promenade along the lake dotted with trees that provide shade and restaurants/cafes with outdoor terraces ... my God! Spectacular. I walked around the peninsula, then climbed up the stairs to the castle, enjoyed the views (Alps!) and then strolled along the cobbled alleys, visited the churches and saw the rose gardens and took lots of photos. A perfect half day. Highly recommended.

Banking secrecy aka confidentiality, discretion

by Nemorino

All the big Swiss banks are based in Zürich, and they all make huge profits thanks to their tradition of banking secrecy (Bankgeheimnis in German), which means that they never divulge the names of their account holders or any information about them.

In particular, they never give any information to the tax authorities of the countries where their account holders live.

This does not sit well with the governments of the neighboring countries, particularly Germany and especially now since the economic crisis has caused a sharp drop in tax receipts.

The news recently has been full of stories about CD-ROMs with stolen bank data that mysterious unknown persons have been offering for sale to the German tax authorities. After a brief (maybe ten minutes) period of soul-searching about whether it was morally acceptable to buy stolen data, the German authorities have started doing so, much to the chagrin of some of their richest citizens.

This has caused some anti-German sentiment in Switzerland, but now the whole tradition of Swiss banking secrecy seems to be crumbling.

When I got off the train at Zürich HB (main station) the first thing I saw was this advertising poster with three rural Swiss gentlemen and the slogan: Banking secrecy is faltering, but our cheese secrecy remains. (Advertising Appenzeller cheese.)

Internet Cafes:
Wherever you...

by Krystynn

Internet Cafes:

Wherever you travel in the world today, you will not be far from a cyber port. And what's more, ZURICH is such a commercialized city, you can find a cyber cafe almost at every corner. Anyhow, the Internet Cafes Guide offer world maps to help you locate the Internet Cafe nearest you when you're in this city. also offers a comprehensive listing. Have a look?


by Kathrin_E

This pretty spot on the Limmat bank is in the heart of the town, visible from everywhere and on everyone's photos. I still consider it "off the beaten path" because it is off the usual sightseeing walk and easily missed.

Schipfe is a former craftmen's lane on the river bank right at the foot of Lindenhof. From Rudolf-Brun-Brücke, you reach it via the boardwalk on the left river bank. The old houses have been turned into small shops and restaurants. The lane opens up to a small square facing the river which must be a lovely place to sit and eat or drink in summer.

The small boat landing at Schipfe restaurant holds a couple of those typical old rowing boats that are moved by a person standing in the back of the boat and rowing with one single oar.


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Address: Zaehringerstrasse 25, Zurich, Zurich, CH-8001, Switzerland