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  • Writer's pictureVicky Lopez

Basel (not basil), and Bern, it's a Swiss thing

Updated: Jun 6

Switzerland is a central European country bordered by France, Germany, and Italy. The location of Basel, in the northwest corner of the country, allows visitors to take fantastic day trips to neighboring countries and other parts of Switzerland. Is that Swiss chocolate? First things first, you must stop by one of the famous chocolate shops in Basel.

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 couple of day trips.

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 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.

Formerly the site of a Roman fort, at the peak of Minster Hill (Münsterhügel) sits Basel's Minster. Defined by its bright roof tiles and prominent spires, The spacious Münsterplatz, is an elegant 18th-century square. Red sandstone from the Vosges mountains of France makes up the construction of the minster and the Gothic style created by the builders after an earthquake in 1356.


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 be on your list of places to go and see while you are in Switzerland.

Before traveling to Basel, do some research and plan out an itinerary that allows you to maximize your time and your experiences.

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.

PRO TIP: If your cruise ends in Basel, plan transportation to another destination and depart from there to go home. Adding one more country or destination to your trip is always a good thing!

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Bon Voyage,

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