Basel & Switzerland: A Springboard to Adventure
Basel can be the start of your cruise or a much larger adventure
Ever wonder why Ama has so many great itineraries starting and ending in Basel? Sure you can add on their Zurich & Lucerne Package or their new Lake Como adventure before heading up the Rhine, but there is SO much to discover and which you can combing with your AmaWaterways river cruise.
Switzerland is a central European country that is 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 as well as other parts of Switzerland.
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 few 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.
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 in mostly ruin. The tower is still easily accessible, and it gives visitors another excellent way to see this region. 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 be on your list of places to go and see while you are in Switzerland.
Before traveling to Basel, do a little bit of 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!!! Let me help you plan your adventure to add on to your AmaWaterways river cruise!
When you are ready to book a Rhine cruise, le's talk about whether extra time in Switzerland or the surrounding Basel area is something you might like to do! Head over to RiverCruiseKing.com for ideas.