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Fun Day Trips From Basel

Updated: Mar 9


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Basel, Switzerland, is a place of exciting contrasts.

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.


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.


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Cross the threshold of Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle and immerse yourself in the universe of the Middle Ages.

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 Koenigsbourg, 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.


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Rötteln Fortress was constructed in 11th century by the orders of Lords of Rötteln. Rötteln Castle was badly damaged during Thirty Years' War then the citadel was occupied by the Imperial and Swedish forces.

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 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.


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A powerful force since medieval times, the thriving Swiss capital is an appealing city of museums and collections.

If you’re not sure of the best destination option for you, talk to me, your trusted travel advisor, about your options. I’ll be able to guide you toward the best choice for your unique situation!


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