Surprise: Basel Discovery Tour: Experience the Invisible Side of the City

Basel Discovery Tour: Experience the Invisible Side of the City

Basel, Switzerland


Non-profit organization

2 hours
From$31 USDper person

Surprise is a nonprofit organization that empowers the homeless with work opportunities, allowing them to maintain their dignity and freedom.

Tour Highlights

  • See the invisible side of Basel while supporting programs for those fighting homelessness and addiction.
  • Discover Basel’s main station and gain insight into daily life in the city.
  • Visit a local restaurant that provides meals for free to those experiencing homelessness.

Tour revenue will be invested in providing training, coaching, and counseling for tour guides, who have all been affected by homelessness.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Select dates (see tour description)

  • Start Time

    9:00 am

  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Students, Professionals, Children 14+

  • Languages

    English, German

  • Weather

    Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)

  • Tour Participants

    4 to 15

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Comfortable shoes for walking

  • Volunteer Opportunities


Tour Description

Embark on a tour built to change perspectives and show you a hidden side of cities worldwide. Visit charitable organizations and institutions which provide vital services to the homeless, those dealing with addiction and alcoholism, asylum seekers, refugees, low-income earners, and the elderly. Spend time getting to know the viewpoint of your guide, who has experienced homelessness. Learn about and see firsthand locations like Tageshaus für Obdachlose und Jobshop, a day center with job opportunities; Bahnhof SBB, Basel’s main station; or Wärmestube Soup & Chill, which provides free hot meals to the homeless and underserved.

Upcoming tours
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Tour Start Address

Offene Kirche Elisabethen, Elisabethenstrasse 10 – 14, Basel, Switzerland

How To Get There

From Basel SBB Main Station: Take Tram No. 2 in the direction of Eglisee. Get out at the next stop Elisabethenstrasse. Walk along the tram tracks for approx. 500 feet, the Elisabethenchurch is to your left.

More About Surprise


To provide support and counseling to groups in need such as the homeless and those struggling with alcoholism and addiction.

Main Programs

  • Production of the street paper Surprise, which appears biweekly and is sold to 400 vendors throughout Switzerland

  • Choir

  • Street soccer

  • Cafe Surprise

  • Providing support and counseling for vendors and participants in Surprise programs