Basel Switzerland

After leaving Verbier last month, I spent a few days in Basel Switzerland visiting my family friends, Tito Ramon & Tita Clarissa (remember our trip to VitraHaus?). The last time I had been to Basel I was probably 12 or 13 so although Facebook does a great job of keeping people updated, I think Tito Ramon & Tita Clarissa were still surprised to see me ten years older.

Basel Switzerland - a guide to eating and touring this beautiful Swiss city Basel Switzerland - a guide to eating and touring this beautiful Swiss city

What I was most surprised about was how a small city like Basel felt like such a large city after living in Verbier. And I loved it. This only reaffirmed that I am most definitely a city girl.

Basel Switzerland - a guide to eating and touring this beautiful Swiss city Basel Switzerland - a guide to eating and touring this beautiful Swiss city

Although the weather was cold and a bit dreary I spent hours getting lost through Basel’s streets, photographing nonstop, and doing lots of eating.

Basel Switzerland - a guide to eating and touring this beautiful Swiss city

view over the Rhine River

Basel Switzerland - a guide to eating and touring this beautiful Swiss city

Rhine River

My favorite thing to try? Flammkuchen AKA tarte flambée AKA a deliciously thin crust layered with fromage blanc then a variety of toppings of your choice. Think of it like a deliciously cheesy and light wood fired pizza. Oh yes.

Basel Switzerland - a guide to eating and touring this beautiful Swiss city

After my first flammkuchen on my first day in Basel

Basel Switzerland - a guide to eating and touring this beautiful Swiss city

Before another flammkuchen on my last day in Basel

And after all that flammkuchen it was definitely a good thing I did so much walking around the city. Basel’s beautiful scenery definitely helped me make the most of the cloudy weather. There is so much German influence in the designs of many of the classic buildings, but you can also see those designs contrasted with newer office spaces and museum facades.

Basel Switzerland - a guide to eating and touring this beautiful Swiss city

along the Rhine River

Another thing I loved was that like Rheinfelden, Basel’s streets were lined with gorgeous windows and doors painted in soft pastels and protected by ornate iron designs. Weeeeee! So pretty!

Basel Switzerland - a guide to eating and touring this beautiful Swiss city Basel Switzerland - a guide to eating and touring this beautiful Swiss city

I’m dying to visit Basel in the summer when the city is green and lush. Let’s just hope my next trip isn’t another 10 years away.

Are you a fan of Basel’s sites and views? What new foods have you fallen for during your travels?

 

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  • What a beautiful city, I love all the windows! I think its so great seeing a city in both the winter and the summer, gives you so many different sites to see each time.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the windows too. There are so many places I’ve seen in the winter and not the summer (yet!)

  • My boyfriend grew up very close to Basel! We’ve been to the Art Basel a couple of times, but never to the actual city – but it looks beautiful, so we should definitely make the effort to head over to Switzerland some time! 🙂

    • You definitely should! Basel is beautiful and it’s so easy to travel all around Switzerland

  • That flammkuchen thing is huge! I want it. I love cities that are along rivers, bonus points if they have bridges so this looks so perfect.

    • After every flammkuchen I was like “I can’t believe I ate all of that” So good though!

  • Gorgeous city! I love the photo of the bare trees in the square. I’m also drawn to the architectural details in doors and windows and love the vignettes produced in a city. Cheers!

    • I also loved that over doors they had dates painted that told you when the building was constructed/last redone. Amazing to see storefronts on buildings that are older than the USA

  • Sounds like a tasty food, and great choices in your photography!

    • Thanks! Tito Ramon let me borrow one of his DSLRs 🙂

  • GirlMeetsGlobe

    Looks like a beautiful city and yummy looking food!

    • Thank you! I ate so much during my time in Switzerland, but it was totally worth it

  • Oh take me with you! I want to go back there. What a beautiful city!

    • So beautiful and I bet even more so in the summer!