Basel is located on the northwestern part of Switzerland on the German and French boarders. On our recent Euro Trip, we spent some time in Basel. Most of the people in Basel speak German-Swiss and some (thankfully) speak English. Although Switzerland is in Europe, it is not part of the EU. The currency is the Swiss Franc. Since we only spent half of a day in Basel, we will share what we saw and what we had planned to see but did not get to.
What we saw:
- The historic Middle Bridge which is the oldest existing bridge across the Rhine river, between Lake Constance and the North Sea.
- Rheinufer Basel walkway along the Rhein river. There is something so peaceful about walking alongside a body of water. We went on a sunny afternoon and were completely relaxed on our stroll along the Rhine river.
- The Basel Town Hall is a 500-year-old building that houses the Cantonal Parliament as well as the Cantonal Government of the canton of Basel-Stadt.
- Graffiti art by Invader on Schneidergasse Street. If you’re in to street art, you know about this phenomenon, you can read more about Invader on their website.
- Altstadt spaziergange is the old town neighborhood, perfect for a nice walk.
- Spalentor (Gate of Spalen) which is the city gate from the 1400s.
- When in Switzerland, it is almost obligatory to indulge in Swiss chocolate. We of course did just that at Confiserie Bachmann! Unfortunately, they could not guarantee that their chocolate barks were peanut free so we had to go with something else. Nevertheless, it was still delightful.
Even though we did not have enough time to see everything, there were a few more must do things on our list for Basel. Here they are:
- RheinFahre, ferry tour of the Rhein River, you can find all the times and fares here.
- Basel Munster the cathedral of Basel.
- Marktplaz a local outdoor market, located in the same spot as the Basel Town Hall.
- Merian Garten botanical garden.
Hope you find this post helpful in your travels to Basel.
Cheers & thanks for reading!