All posts tagged: Basel

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 …