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A Friendly Guide to Making the Most of Your One-Day Adventure in Basel

Coming from Paris, C and I had the weekend in Milan to rest and prepare for our next big trip. If you didn’t know, Milan is a ghost town in August because everyone shuts down and goes on summer vacation for a month. All of my friends from school went home for the summer but, for those of us that are far from home don’t have that luxury.

Anyway, I’m glad my little C-Bear came to visit me as we made use of our time and we happily spent our days jumping at various locations within Europe. What I find great about being in Europe is the fact that I can be in another country within a few hours.

Basel was one city that both of us have never been to. It’s 4 hours away by train from Milan and yes, we did another 7am wake up call nearly missing our train. Although, I’m happy to say we made it. 

When we arrived in Basel, the train location is very near to the city center. I love how convenient it was that we were in walking distance to practically everything. Basel is small yet, expensive. C gulped when she saw the price of her latte she ordered at Starbucks. I warned her ahead of time yet, she didn’t realize the conversion rate between euro and the swiss franc were outstanding. Yes, Switzerland is expensive. 

The Rhine River in Basel is a must-visit attraction for anyone traveling to the city. It serves as a bridge between the historic old town and the modern new town, and its stunning beauty is hard to miss. As we strolled along its banks, we were enchanted by the sights and sounds of people enjoying the warm sun and taking a refreshing dip in the river. It was clear that swimming in the Rhine was a popular pastime, with many locals and tourists alike taking advantage of the opportunity to cool off and soak up the sun. We couldn’t help but feel a tinge of regret for not bringing our bathing suits, as we watched people having fun in the water and wished we could join in on the fun. Nevertheless, the Rhine River remains one of the highlights of our trip to Basel and a must-see destination for any traveler.

As soon as we arrived in the city, we set out to explore its bustling center, eager to take in all its sights and sounds. During our walk, we came upon the magnificent Town Hall, which was just as stunning in person as it appeared in the photos we had seen. This 500-year-old building, with its bright and vivid colors, immediately caught our attention and left us captivated. We couldn’t help but be drawn to its alluring beauty and rich history, feeling as though we had stepped back in time as we admired its timeless charm.

IMG_0326-2.jpgIf you’re looking for the ultimate experience in Basel, the Münster Basel is the place to be! With its two slender towers and beautiful red sandstone structures, this landmark is a true marvel to behold. From the top, you can take in breathtaking panoramic views of the city and really get a feel for the place. For us, it was the perfect spot to rest, relax, and soak up the sights. But the fun didn’t stop there! After our visit to the Münster, we found ourselves drawn back to the Rhine River and stumbled upon a playground. My companion and I couldn’t resist the temptation to let our inner child run wild, and we took over the see-saw with silly abandon. It was a moment of pure joy and a reminder of the power of play.

We did a lot of walking and explored every little corner we came across in. Though it seems that Basel was also on their summer vacation because it was very quiet. The only time we saw a crowd was at the river.

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