Archaeological tour: 3000 years of cathedral hill history

Make a journey through time from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages

Thanks to its strategically important and at the same time protected location, the cathedral hill has been occupied since the Bronze Age. In the Middle Ages it became a bishop’s seat. Over the course of three thousand years archaeological layers of up to three metres in thickness were deposited at the site.

Take a walk with us on the cathedral hill and discover archaeological traces from the long history of Basel, from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages.

The extended tour starts at Antikenmuseum and the small tour at the archaeological information point „Murus Gallicus“.

The free audio guide app

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The free audio guide app by the archaeological service of Basel-Stadt shows you around original sites from the Celtic, Roman and medieval periods of Basel’s history, where archaeological information points have been set up. The tour takes 60 to 90 minutes.

It allows you to experience the millennia-old history of the cathedral hill in all its diversity. While visiting the sites you can learn more about the background of and insight gained from important excavations thanks to the visible archaeological monuments and the app. Digital reconstructions and numerous pictures help you immerse yourself in the subjects dealt with at the individual points on the archaeological tour. 

The app contains 20 minutes of audio material. The tour takes around 60 to 90 minutes. However, it can be adapted to your interests and your available time. You can start the tour at any of the information points. Please activate the GPS on your smartphone.

Get it on Google Play Store or App Store.

The brochure to the archaeological information points

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The archaeological information points on Münsterhügel can be visited on an archaeological tour. You can get the brochure „ARCHÄOLOGISCHER RUNDGANG, ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR, BALADE ARCHÉOLOGIQUE“ in the Tourist Information in the Stadtcasino, at the Kiosk in the Cathedral or by us at Petersgraben 11.