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Fun Day Trips From Basel

The first part of April I am doing a series of Facebook posts on my page (https://facebook.com/tdjtravel) about Switzerland. Because of that I thought I would make today’s newsletter about some of the things to do while visiting Switzerland.

I picked the city of Basel in the northwest corner of the country to focus on today. It allows visitors to take fantastic day trips to neighboring countries as well as other parts of Switzerland.

Basel is famous for its museums. There are many which focus on art, from the Kunstmuseum which features the first collection of art accessible to the public to more recent art at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

While Basel is a great place to visit and tour, there are a host of great possibilities for you to see more than just in Basel itself. Here are some great ways you can expand your trip by taking a few day trips.

Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

The location of this French castle offers visitors an incredible view of the Upper Rhine Plains as it sits atop the mountainous terrain that surrounds it. This castle dates as far back as the 12th century, and it is a beautiful way to see this area of Europe. The best part is that it is only about an hour away from Basel, and it allows you to fit a little bit of France into your trip without having to plan a large excursion.

 

Rötteln Castle

This castle is in a region that sits atop the mountainous terrain. Rötteln Castle is located near Lorrach, Germany, just across the German border. Unlike Kœnigsbourg, Rötteln has not been repaired, and it lies in mostly ruin. The tower is still easily accessible, and it gives visitors another excellent way to see this region. It is the perfect place for hiking and soaking in the forested scenery of the European interior.

Bern

Bern is the capital of Switzerland, and visiting this thriving city is like stepping back into Medieval times. You would never think that this is the capital as you meander through the winding streets of the old town as it maintains its antique appeal and tranquility. Bern is just a short train ride from Basel, and it should be on your list of places to go and see while you are in Switzerland.

Before traveling to Basel, do a little bit of research and plan out an itinerary that allows you to maximize your time and your experiences. You do not have to limit your trip to Basel itself as this entire region has so much to offer visitors. The best part about traveling to Europe is that it is effortless to get around from place to place and even country to country. Just because you are going to Basel doesn’t mean you can’t go to other parts of Switzerland, France, Germany, or even northern Italy.