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Fun Day Trips from Basel


Switzerland is a central European country that is bordered by France, Germany, and Italy. The location of Basel, in the northwest corner of the country, allows visitors to take fantastic day trips to neighboring countries as well as other parts of Switzerland.

There are a host of great possibilities for you to see more than just Basel. Here are some great ways you can expand your trip to Basel by taking a few day trips. These can easily be an add on to your Rhine River cruise. As I always recommend flying at least a day before sailing.


Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg

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.


Rotteln Castle

This castle is in a region that sits atop the mountainous terrain. Rotteln Castle is located near Lorrach, Germany, just across the German border. Unlike Koenigsbourg, Rotteln 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 there 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 it’s very easy to get around via train. And besides the balance of Switzerland to visit pre/post river cruise, Northern Italy is also an easy trip, with the capital of Italian fashion Milan and Lake Como.

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