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Basel and surrounding areas

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Basel and surrounding areas

Working in Basel for a month and then taking 7 days vacation.

Looking for day trips to do on the weekends while working and some ideas where to go for the 7 work free days.

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1. Re: Basel and surrounding areas

Hi and welcome to TA! You are lucky! Basel is a great, small city with lots to see and do there and in the surrounding areas. Swiss public transportation is fantastic (we could learn a lot from how they run their system) and makes it dead easy to travel around the country.

First, I suggest you do some research about Basel and Switzerland on the Swiss Tourism Office website


Combine that website with the Swiss Rail website


The Swiss Rail website covers all forms of public transportation in Switzerland and trains to all of Europe. You don't need any reservations on Swiss trains but if they cross the border, a reservation may be required. You'll see a capital R on the timetable page when reservations are required.

Basel has a website as well


and their tourism office website


It would also help if you could give us some idea of the things you like to see and do....there are 100's of day and weekend trips to great places in Switzerland, France and Germany so we could be giving you ideas more specific to your interests if you could do a bit of research and let us know by posting a reply here.

Hope this helps.

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2. Re: Basel and surrounding areas

Depends mainly on YOUR interests

Basel is a small city, with lots of cultural sites and events: several great museums and exhibitions, many concerts to attend …

In addition, the city is at the border to France (Alsace) and Germany (Black Forest). Both regions worth several days traveling (Freiburg, Mulhouse ….)

A new TGV connection puts Paris (Gare de Lyon) at 3:03 h from Basel – even a daytrip to Paris is easily feasible by train.

Despite of being located at the border, train connections to most of the other Swiss tourist regions are good (Bernese Oberland, Valais, Lake Geneva region, Lucerne region).

In fact too many possibilities even for several 7 day vacations …..

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3. Re: Basel and surrounding areas

Depends also when you will be here as the season of the year changes a lot - especially in the mountains.

For example, a wonderful thing to do with the week you have free would be to make a round trip tour from Basel to the Engadine returning from St Moritz to Zermatt in the Valais and then back to Basel. But you really don't want to do that sort of thing in November when almost all hotels and restaurants in mountain resorts are closed... so the timing of your visit is useful to know. Similarly if you are here in the late winter maybe a week in the Ticino where it will already be spring would be great!

As for day trips: Bern, Zürich, Schaffhausen, Neuchâtel, and at a stretch Geneva, Montreux, the Valais and the Bernese Oberland are all reachable from Basel on a day trip basis if you are willing to leave early and return somewhat late... As someone noted above, Paris is too... but you would really have to plan your day in Paris very carefully since it is such an enormously big city that getting about it takes time... choose a few things in the same arrondissment for example rather than trying to race all over the place. I live in the Valais and go to Basel for the day from time to time. I usually get there around 1130 and leave by 1800. Which doesn't give a lot of time but with good planning it works OK.

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