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October 3, 2007updated Dec 11, 2015

Concierge Recommendations for a Perfect Day Out in Basel

By Chris Boyle

Exec room

We asked Basel’s top concierges to share their personal recommendations for the perfect day in the city

Cristina Bally

Christina Bally

“At the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois we are proud to have created what we have dubbed the Roadbook.”

This is a list of the most beautiful excursions in the Basel region. The best way to take advantage of our knowledge is to allow us to rent you a vintage car so you may explore the region in top class comfort and exclusive style.

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Car enthusiasts will not want to miss a visit to the Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse. This French national museum houses the Schlumpf Collection, named after its founder Fritz Schlumpf and at 80,000 square feet is the world’s largest automobile museum.

From there we recommend you drive to one of Europe’s cheese Meccas. In the dreamy French town of Vieux-Ferrette you will find the legendary Sundgauer KäsKaller of Bernard Antony. His cheeses are sought after by the most illustrious customers, including members of the Japanese Imperial Family and Prince Albert of Monaco.

On the way back, you can stop off for a picnic at one of the countless scenic spots with the gourmet picnic basket our chef will be pleased to prepare for you. Enjoy the blue hour with select culinary delicacies such as Black Forest ham, seasonal petit fours and pastries.

Then as the sun slowly sets, return to Les Trois Rois, where we will provide you a memorable evening to match the wonderful day you have just had.”

Cité de l’Automobile

+ 33 38 933 2323

15 Rue de L’épée, 61800 Mulhouse, France

Sundgauer KäsKaller

+33 38 940 4222

5 Rue de la Montagne, 68480 Vieux-Ferrette, France

Philippe Christen

First Concierge, Swissôtel Le Plaza Basel

+41 61 555 3333


“As you look around Basel you will see why we are the culture capital of Switzerland.With more than 40 museums to visit, we recommend taking your time to soak up all the city has to offer.

Begin your day of culture at Basel’s main art museum – the Kunstmuseum – which houses the oldest public art collection in the world. The second must-see museum is the exceptional Tinguely Museum, dedicated to the life and work of the sculptor Jean Tinguely, who grew up in Basel. Stop just outside the museum and admire the beautiful Tinguely Fountain. If you’re still hungry for more world-class art, your next stop must be the Fondation Beyeler. This modern Renzo Piano designed building is the perfect home for masterpieces by Cézanne, van Gogh, Klee, Warhol and Rothko to name just a few. Once your appetite for culture is sated, it’s time to head to the old town for a leisurely lunch.

We recommend stopping at one of these historic restaurants: Gasthof zum Goldenen Sternen or St. Alban-Eck. After lunch why not burn off the calories with a little retail therapy? Take a leisurely stroll along the Rhine heading towards Münster Cathedral and Freie Strasse. Here you’ll find luxury brands such as Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Rolex. Freie Strasse is also home to many independent clothes, shoes, books and specialty boutiques. To reach our world famous Central Market on Marktplatz, head towards City Hall. Here you will find wonderful spices, flowers and delicious foods from southern Europe – this really is a foodie’s heaven. After your fabulous day out in Basel, head back to Swissôtel Le Plaza Basel and allow us to create the perfect end to your day with a cocktail at ô Bar and a meal at Grill25.”

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