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If you follow us on social media, you will know that we are virtually exploring the gorgeous country of Switzerland this month. France, Germany, and Italy border this stunning central European country, and because of its convenient location, it offers many incredible sights and activities. For example, the city of Basel, in the northwest corner of the country, allows visitors to take fantastic day trips to neighboring countries and other parts of Switzerland.
There are many great possibilities for you to see more than just Basel. So today, we will be discussing some great ways you can expand your trip to Basel by taking a few day trips to enjoy the beauty that can be found in and around Switzerland.
Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg
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 perfect 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.
If you are a fan of mountains and breathtaking views, 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 mainly in ruin. Still, the tower is easily accessible, and it gives visitors another excellent way to see the surrounding city. It is the perfect place for hiking and soaking in 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 absolutely be on your list of places to explore while you are in Switzerland.
Before traveling to Basel, let me help you research and plan out an itinerary that allows you to maximize your time and experiences. Remember, 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.
If you are ready to begin your next European adventure, click here to schedule a complimentary planning session and let us help you “Seymour” of the World!