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Basel, Switzerland

Basel is undoubtedly one of Switzerland’s most underrated destinations to visit. Situated on the Rhine River, it is one of the most picturesque places you will see and is well worth a trip, especially for the culture vulture.

There is a plethora of fantastic museums, most notable of which is the Fine Arts Museum, best known as the Kunstmuseum. Art lovers will be spoiled for choice with the vast amount of work displayed of all manner of art types, including contemporary, impressionist and graphics. In fact, the annual Art Basel fair is one of the most important dates in the art world’s calendar, and is one that you must visit if you get the chance to do so.

Being on the Rhine, it would be rude not to take to the city’s waters and enjoy a ferry trip - in fact, it may be a necessity given that this city only has five bridges to help you cross the river! The city has four ferries in total, “Wilde Maa”, “Leu”, “Vogel Gryff” und “Ueli”, and they all cross the Rhine without using any motorised assistance, just the river’s current! You won’t feel like much of a tourist on the ferries either, given that a lot of locals use them as transport in their daily lives.

Basel has a very impressive market place which is situated in the heart of its Old Town, which is open every day aside from Sundays to offer you the best in local produce - the perfect place to sample some authentic Swiss cheese. It’s also well worth the visit just to take in the sight of the Town Hall, which is a beautiful dark red building that was built in the 14th century. Again, you won’t stick out like a sore thumb as a tourist as the locals will also be visiting the market, picking up their ingredients for that night’s dinner.

Foodies who visit Basel will be in their element and a trip is not complete without sitting down and enjoying some traditional fondue. There are plenty of restaurants which serve the delicious dish, all of which promise not to disappoint. Another Swiss delicacy which must be tried is a Raclette, which is based on heating up the cheese and scraping it onto a plate as it begins to soften. What gives Raclette its unique flavour is that it is eaten when the specific part of cheese is at its hottest - well worth a try
Basel, Switzerland

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