The truth is, the only reason I really chose to go to Basel was I saw a steal on a flight and I had a slight hankering for the snow. I knew about Art Basel where the city comes alive with the best of modern and contemporary art, but other than that, I wasn’t quite sure what else there was to do. I only spent one day in Basel after staying for the weekend in Lucerne. In less than 24 hours, I couldn’t believe how absolutely charming the city was.
I arrived on a Sunday afternoon and the town was more closed down than an Italian city during ferragosto. All the shops were closed, and I didn’t pass many people on the street after I walked a few steps past the train station.
After settling into our hotel, we walked to the Basel Minister to see the main gothic cathedral. Then, headed to the Pfalz lookout spot and then crossed the bridge Mittlere Brücke. We strolled along the Rhine River on the northeast side. Oberer Rheinweg was the cutest street on the river lined with darling homes and cafes.
Stopping in for a drink here and there, we just wandered the quaint streets before heading to dinner at Restaurant Boo. I don’t get much Thai food in Italy; actually in Italy, it’s a challenge to come by much else other than Italian food. I can’t remember the last time I had Thai and this place was delicious.
My only beef with Switzerland in general is how pricey everything is. Coming from California, I never thought I’d pay almost $50 for Pad Thai and chicken fried rice. However, that is a pretty standard price for a meal in Switzerland. I thought someone was exaggerating when I heard the Swiss sometimes go to Germany or France to do their grocery shopping. Lucky for the people in Basel, both countries are just a few metro stops away!
Before my flight back to Italy, I only had enough time in the morning to pick up some chocolates. There is always time for chocolate in Switzerland. There are many chocolate shops in Basel, but be sure to swing by Gilgen or Confiserie Schiesser.
Have you ever been to Basel? Please tell me you went to all three countries in one day! I really wanted to do that! Last summer drove from Italy through Slovenia and into Croatia, and there is something weirdly satisfying about going to three countries in one day. If only there were more hours in the day!