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.
Located in the middle of Europe and made up of nine federated states, Austria is one of the continent's most compelling countries. The nation has a population of nearly nine million. You can imagine how much beauty and interest this place holds if so many desire to reside within its borders. With a history full of famous musicians and renowned artists, and an abundance of breathtaking scenery and architecture, it's time to start planning your vacation to the enchanting nation of Austria.
Here are eight of our favorite hidden gems in Austria.
As the most monumental and famously preserved citadel in Central Europe, the Hohensalzburg Fortress is undoubtedly one to behold in person. Tourists from all over the world come to explore this longstanding medieval fortress. While touring through the castle, make sure to visit the staterooms, torture chamber, and the museums. Take a day out of your schedule because you won't want to rush this visit.
Visit Salzburg's Old Town
While in Austria, make sure to mosey on through Salzburg's Old Town and get acquainted with the cobblestone streets, quaint alleyways, preserved 15th-century buildings, and awe-inspiring architecture. The Old Town even contains some of the best shopping around, making it perfect for picking up souvenirs and grabbing something delectable to munch on.
Following the announcement that Croatia is now open to US travelers who are fully vaccinated, there has never been a better time to add the Land of a Thousand Islands to the top of your wishlist. Let’s run over what to expect and what to see during your Croatian vacation.
Croatia: Where, what, when?
Located in the Balkans, Southeast Europe, Croatia boasts a soaring coastline of 3,625 miles (5,835 km). Over half of this is claimed by the islands that are dotted throughout the Adriatic Sea, the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea. In addition to the 78 reefs, 389 islets, and 718 islands to explore, mainland Croatia has 8 national parks, 10 UNESCO sites, 30 rivers, and 127 beautiful cities waiting for you.
Croatia benefits from hot Mediterranean summers, so the best time to visit is between late March and late October. July and August are the busiest months, so consider May/June for gorgeous weather and fewer crowds. September is harvest season which makes this the best time for foodies to visit Croatia.
With no shortage of unique and boutique hotels, upscale dining and luxury excursions, Croatia is a suitable destination for honeymooners, anniversaries and special vacations. You will appreciate the history and culture of the cities as well as the unparalleled natural beauty and charming islands. Family friendly hikes and water activities will keep the children entertained.
Many travelers to Ireland think of staying in a Bed & Breakfast to be close to the Irish people. Where this an excellent choice, there are other great options in the castles and manor homes that Ireland offers its visitors to experience its history and culture.
From small manor homes to rustic castles, your next Ireland trip can feel like you have gone back in time to the medieval ages and are living with the kings and queens.
Burren Castle is located in County Clare, Ireland, is an excellent example of Ireland in medieval times. This castle was built in the 15th century and has fully restored to its authentic self. The Gaelic Tower House of the castle gives you the true feeling of being in an Irish castle with all modern living features. The Gaelic Tower House of Burren Castle has six bedrooms and two bathrooms with showers and a guest bath at the ground floor entrance. At the Tower House's top is the impressive Great Hall with exposed oak roof trusses, an open fireplace, couches, and dining tables. This is the perfect location to stay when you want to explore the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren along The Wild Atlantic Way.
Rosemount Estate is a beautiful three-story Georgian country house with a unique history. Great for entertaining, Rosemount Estate features a large dining room with a dining table that can comfortably seat up to 22 people The property has eight bedrooms and two living rooms that combine to one complete room, it is the ideal place for dinner parties, receptions, and get-togethers. The kitchen is warm and homey, with the centerpiece of the kitchen is a spacious island. Located in Rosemount, Co. Westmeath, this is the center of Ireland. This area offers breathtaking landscapes, sparkling lakes, and rich culture and heritage.
Ecuador may be one of the smallest nations in South America but it certainly makes up for that with its rich diversity. This mighty country encompasses the Andean highlands, a slice of the Amazon Rainforest, fascinating cities, bohemian beach resorts, and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands. Here is a peek at the best 5 tourist destinations in Ecuador.
Situated high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 2,850 meters, Quito is one of the highest altitude cities in the world, second only to La Paz. Built on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, the Ecuadorian capital is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a stroll around the Centro Historico and enjoy the beautifully preserved colonial architecture and Neo-Gothic and Baroque churches. Highlights include the Basilica del Voto Nacional, La Compania de Jesus and Plaza Grande. With its coveted location in the highlands, Quito boasts a variety of day trips. Choose to visit the Mindo Cloud Forest, the Quilotoa crater lake or trek to the volcanic summit of Pichincha.
Cuenca is one of the prettiest cities in Ecuador. Another city with UNESCO World Heritage Site status, Cuenca has a small-town atmosphere that invites its visitors to slow the pace. You will spend your days ambling around cobblestone plazas and dipping into museums such as the Pumapungo Museum with its adjacent archaeological park. Take a leisurely walk or cycle along the Tomebamba River or plan a day trip to the Cajas National Park. Clamber up the 500 steps or ask a cab to take you to the Mirador de Turi viewpoint and appreciate a bird's eye view of the city nestled within the southern Andes. For something more unusual, you can head to a local market for a limpia, a traditional cleansing that originated in Mexico.
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