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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 be in town during a 3-day blogging trip, Basel was, undoubtedly, a place to explore. 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, an old world European charm, 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 at every turn. 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 …

My First Impression Of Basel

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 a few other towns in Switzerland a couple of months ago – started reappearing slowly. It was undoubtedly clear that the bus ride, as soon as we escaped Italy and entered in Swiss territory, became far more entertaining. Everything around now looked unrealistically beautiful. But as I arrived in Basel, and took the tram to my hostel, things became even more surreal. 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 of old architecture – dating back its foundation to 13th century – with modern monuments, while keeping everything in one style and harmony, …

24 Hours In Zurich

If I am going to fly cross continent from India to Europe, I am always going to want to make the most of it and choose the best of all destinations. So as I decided to backpack across Europe for almost 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 entire 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 skeptical 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 and so were the other locals I interacted with, during …

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

Switzerland, for Indians, has always remained a county with beautiful countryside and well distinguished farmlands. 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 gown up watching. From Sangam (released in 1960s) to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaege, Indian cinema’s fascination for romantic songs and dreamy sequences, to be shot in Switzerland, never took a step back. And to personally experience the never-ending fascination Swiss countryside and its Alps, I decided to leave Zurich behind, and do a day trip to the mount of Titlis. 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 from a tour company. This is for two reasons, one: because it’s convenient and saves you time, and two: because by doing so you get to explore another highlight in Switzerland, and that is the …