Basel is a quaint city on the border of Switzerland and France. Basel is not a cheap city, on the Swiss Franc, but is a great little city to spend a couple of days.
What to do & see in Basel
Basel is a great city for wandering, visiting cafes and shopping (though it’s not cheap!). Taking the walk up to Basel’s main church, Basel Münster, is a must-do. It’s definitely an incredible structure inside and out. Directly in Basel’s main square, the Rathaus, with it’s orange-red facade is a sight to be seen. The color, even on a dreary day, makes the entire square seem friendly and inviting.
Getting to Basel
Transportation to Basel is quite easy. There is an airport (Basel/Mulhouse) which is just outside of the city. There are often cheap deals to this airport from locations like London. You can also catch reasonably priced trains to Basel from Lyon or Paris that only take a couple of hours. Try Rail Europe for train tickets.
Where to eat in Basel
Get ready for raclette and fondue! For a great meal without breaking the bank try Ristorante Alte Post. The menu has a wide variety of local dishes from rosti to stroganoff. The house wine is good and reasonably priced by the carafe. Best of all the atmosphere in the restaurant is quaint.
Central Railway Strasse 21, CH-4051 Basel
Phone 061/271 47 43
Fax 061/272 42 20
Where to stay in Basel
Though it is not cheap, Hotel St. Gotthard (Centralbahnstrasse 13 – 15, Basel 4002, Switzerland) is in a very convenient location. It is almost directly across from the train station so you don’t need a taxi or metro from the station to the hotel. The rooms are not huge, but are standard sized for Europe. Wi-Fi is not free but the rooms and the hotel is very clean and on the newer side.
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