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Fasnacht Festival, Basel Minster & Birseck Castle in Basel, Switzerland

Best things to do in Basel Switzerland - Matt Richter - The Rathaus Town Hall by Johnson Hung on Unsplash

The Rathaus (aka Town Hall). Photo by Johnson Hung on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Matt Richter of Financial Imagineer about Basel, Switzerland. Matt’s tips for the best things to do in Basel are awesome because he grew up here and is now raising his family in the city. He loves how the Basel sits on the Rhine River and is located in the mountains with tremendous history and scenery.

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Best things to do in Basel Switzerland - Matt Richter - St Paul Church and Zoo Bachletten by Karim Imanuel Fox on Unsplash

St Paul Church and Zoo Bachletten by Karim Imanuel Fox on Unsplash

Basel, Switzerland

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out This is Basel, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.


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Best things to do in Basel Switzerland - Matt Richter - famous Basilisk Fountain that can be found all around the City

Famous Basilisk Fountains can be found all around the City. And the water is safe to drink.

Getting around Basel

The local airport is EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (BSL), which is about a ten-minute drive to Basel. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.


Matt says that there’s no need to rent a car if you’re planning on staying in the city. The Basel bus/tram system is very efficient and economical with day passes available for around $10.

If you wish to travel to other locations outside of Basel, like Alsace, Germany’s Black Forest, or other Swiss destinations, it’s a good idea to rent a car. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Basel Switzerland - Matt Richter - Roche Towers by Walter Brunner on Unsplash

Roche Towers. Photo by Walter Brunner on Unsplash

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Matt Richter about Basel, Switzerland. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Basel, Switzerland
  • Green dots = best things to do in Basel, Switzerland
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Basel, Switzerland

Who is Matt Richter?

Matt Richter aka Financial Imagineer grew up in Basel, Switzerland, and now lives between Singapore, Taiwan, and Basel with his family with two kids. He’s a financial independence blogger and loves to share anything related to FIRE, living your best life, traveling, geographic arbitrage, and more on his blog.

He has a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration and speaks Swiss German, German, French, English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. Matt used to work for the two Swiss banks assisting the ultra-wealthy of Asia looking after their portfolios and wealth till 2017 from Singapore.

Best things to do in Basel Switzerland - Matt Richter and his wife

Matt and his wife

Here are a few articles that he’s written:

You can connect with Matt on his website and on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

We Travel There - Basel Switzerland - Matt Richter - podcast one sheet

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Best things to do in Basel Switzerland - Matt Richter - with daughter on Autum Fair ride

Matt with his daughter on an Autumn Fair ride.

Stay tuned for our next episode

Best things to do in Bruges Belgium - Shane MahoneyListen to the next episode when Shane Moheny of Lugos Travel shares the best things to do in Bruges, Belgium. In this episode, Shane and I talk about climbing the Bruges Belfry Tower, touring the world’s only beer pipeline at De Halve Man Brewery, and exploring the Basilica of the Holy Blood. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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