Switzerland is a central European country that France, Germany, and Italy border. Basel's location, in the northwest corner of the country, allows visitors to take fantastic day trips to neighboring countries and other parts of Switzerland. Basel is the gateway to the Rhine River and the many small European Villages that there are to explore in the region. Flying into the Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg airport is an easy connection point with entrance to France and to 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
This French castle's location 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.
This castle is in a region that sits atop the mountainous terrain. Rotteln Castle is located near Lorrach, Germany, just across the German border. Unlike Koenigsbourg, Rotteln 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 up the forested scenery of the European interior.
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 see while you are in Switzerland.
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.
Before traveling to Basel, do a little bit of research and contact me to plan out an itinerary that allows you to maximize your time and your experiences.
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