We are Basel’s city tour for encounters between Africa and Basel.

The tour was designed in 2008 at the University of Basel in a two-semester student event. In 2016, the city tour was refreshed. The themes of the tour range from colonial times to the present day. The colonial era had its dark sides, but fortunately also brought about positive encounters between Basleans and Africans. Last but not least, Basel is a critical reflection on post-colonial Africa and post-colonial Switzerland. What achievements and impulses does Basel owe to its contact with Africa in colonial times and today? What are the special relations between Basel and Africa?


At six stations, we will guide you for about 90 minutes through Basel’s history, which has close personal and business connections to Africa. We will look at the history of the Basel missionary families, musical influences, connections from Basel to South Africa during apartheid, media coverage of Africa in Switzerland, human zoos, and finally the role of Switzerland as Slavery Hinterland.