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What To See And Do In Basel

Basel is so tucked away on the northern edge of the country, bordering both France and Germany, that it’s not on the regular Geneva-Bern-Lucerne-Zurich route and is often forgotten by tourists. But speaking of my first impression of Basel, as I happened to explore it during a 3-day blog trip with Basel Tourism, it was undoubtedly charming and undeniably pleasant. Being Switzerland’s third largest town, Basel offers something for everyone. It has over 40 museums, uncountable art-galleries, world-class architecture, quirky bars, polished restaurants, it’s own trademarked beer, a lively riverside, traffic-free streets, Switzerland’s best town hall… well, I can go on. But honestly speaking I loved Basel not for the attractions it offered, but because of its old town European charm. Its many medieval winding streets that ooze both history and culture, offer a treat for the eyes. There couldn’t be a better place to conclude my 2 month long solo backpacking trip across Europe. Understanding Basel Before I arrived in Basel, I’d no idea that this part of Switzerland is straddling the borders of three countries, with little to indicate …

My First Impression Of Basel

With museums galore, an emerald green river running through the heart of the city, and an old-world European charm, Basel indeed makes an appealing stopover. After spending a fortnight in the heart of Lazio, in Italy, while living with a Roman family and experiencing their way of life, as I left the country and started heading north, my preconceived, seemingly romanticized notions of Switzerland — now that I’d already explored Zurich and the Swiss Alps of Mount Titlis almost two months ago — started reappearing slowly. It was undoubtedly clear that the bus ride, as soon as we escaped Italy and entered into Swiss territory, became far more entertaining. Everything around now looked unbelievably beautiful. But as I arrived in Basel, and took the tram to my hostel, things became beautiful to another level. Basel was, indeed, a city to behold! An Old European Charm Despite being the third largest city in Switzerland, Basel unwinds itself as a romantic small town. Its many winding cobblestone streets, in the old town (that are also, lawfully, traffic free) are both narrow and beautiful. Its combination …

24 Hours In Zurich

If I am going to fly across continents, I will always be wanting to make the most of it and landing at the best of all destinations. So as I decided to backpack across Europe for nearly two months, exploring eight countries in total, I used it to my advantage by starting the journey from one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. Yes, I am talking about Switzerland. And in Switzerland, the hub of all activities and cultural treats: the town of Zurich! As I stepped out into the Zurich airport and headed to have my first couch-surfing experience ever, I was more sceptical than ever. I had the impression that it would feel sterile and bounded with punctuality and rules, but it wasn’t anything like that. My 48 hours in Zurich went just as smooth and happening as I wanted it to be. My Couchsurfing host turned out to be one of the amazing people I’ve met in my life. So before I go crazy and end up writing a 2000 word essay on my …

Mount Titlis: A Day Trip From Zurich You’d Not Want To Miss

Switzerland, for Indians, has always been an attraction for its well-distinguished countryside. For us, it’s a country to skip the big towns, wander off the highway onto the back roads, and experience those unforgettable Bollywood movie sequences we’ve grown up watching. From Sangam (released in 1960s) to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaege, Indian cinema’s fascination for romantic songs and dreamy sequences, being shot in Switzerland, never took a step back. And to personally experience the never-ending fascination for Swiss countryside and its Alps, I decided to leave Zurich behind, and do a day trip to the mount of Titlis on the very first day I arrived in the country. [Also Read: A Scenic Bus Ride In Switzerland] For those who don’t know, Mount Titlis is a mountain located at 10,000 feet above sea level, in the Urner Alps of Switzerland. It is easily accessible from Zurich, via train, but the best way to explore it is by booking a day trip. This is for two reasons: one, because it’s convenient and saves you time, and two, because by doing …