Switzerland is a central European country that is bordered by France, Germany, and Italy. The city of Basel is located on the northern border where France, Germany, and Switzerland come together. This location allows visitors to take fantastic day trips to neighboring countries as well as other cities in Switzerland.
Basel is situated on the Rhine River, which makes it a popular starting point for Rhine River cruises. If you arrive a few days before the cruise starts, you can take some time to explore the region.
There are a host of great possibilities for sightseeing in and around Basel. Here are some great ways you can expand your trip to Basel by taking a few day trips.
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg – France
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.
Rötteln Castle – Germany
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 Kœnigsbourg, 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.
Bern – Switzerland
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.
Doesn’t it look like this region is straight out of a fairy tale? It’s definitely on my bucket list.
If it’s on your bucket list, I would love to help you get there. Whether as a stand-alone trip or as part of a river cruise, Basel and the surrounding region has much to offer visitors. And its location on the border makes it a strategic launching point for experiences in Switzerland, France, and Germany.
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