The city of Basel in Switzerland does not always come up on the radar of places to visit or cruise too however the fact is that it is now becoming a popular cruise departure point as well as a destination where many river cruises around Europe will stop off at.
So, what are some of the benefits of a Basel cruise and what does the city have to offer?
Basel is a gateway to the majestic Jura Mountains as well as to other cities in the country such as Zurich and further afield. You are likely to take in other locations on the Rhine River such as Strasbourg, Koblenz as well as Amsterdam.
Most of these cruises last from 7 to 12 days dependent on how much you actually want to see as you glide swiftly but peacefully along one of the most iconic waterways in Europe.
Many Attractions in Basle can be reached on foot.
Basel itself has a lot to offer cruise goers. The Old City is not particularly large in itself and many of the attractions can be reached fairly easily on foot. The old, idyllic cobblestone alleys and streets that can be found all over the city are fantastic viewing if a little hard on the feet after a extended period of time.
Attractions such as the Market Square (with its wide selection of local foods, crafts etc…), the Renaissance inspired and designed town hall, the various art museums and galleries as well as the Elisabethenstrasse church – which is often considered the most important Protestant and neo-Gothic one in the country – are just a few examples of the culture and history that can be experienced.
The romantic nature of the third biggest city in Switzerland makes it a perfect place for cruising couples.
One of the great things about beginning your cruise journey from Basel or, indeed, just stopping off there en route to somewhere else is that you can see many of the main attractions in a short space of time as the city is not particularly big.
It depends entirely on your cruise operator but you could spend a day and a night in the city or just stop off for the day; many cruises also disembark in the historic Swiss destination.
Its location is excellent for Rhine based cruises and is a fantastic city to visit before heading off to Amsterdam, Cologne or Zurich for example. To see another side of a Rhine cruise and of European and Swiss culture, then Basel should be one of the cities on your route.