Basel

Labelled as the Cultural Capital of Switzerland, this city is well worth a visit. A large number of museums may be found such as the Doll's House Museum, and the Swiss Architecture Museum so there is much to appeal for all tastes. For Art lovers, the Kunstmuseum Basel houses what is considered to be the finest and oldest collection, or alternatively, if your tastes are more modern, there is the Schaulager.

 

Augusta Ravica is a Roman town with well preserved remains such as fifty rows of theatre seats, an underground pump room, and not forgetting the sewers which you can walk through should you wish !

Basel Zoo - the Zolli, is a very popular attraction in Switzerland with 6000 animals from around 600 species. The zoo is adding more installations all the time to improve the experience for the visitor, and more importantly for the animals.

 

Rhinefalls.

The largest falls in Europe with water flowing at an average of 25,000 cubic feet per second down a 150 metre drop. A boat can take you up close to the falls and deliver you to the island in the middle of the falls giving you a great opportunity to experience the incredible power of the waterfalls.

 

 

 

 

Baden Baden

Admire the architectural delights from the Belle Epoch period when luxury living was at its height, in this 'Summer Capital' of Europe.

The Kurhaus (left) is a splendid building featuring banqueting rooms, a casino, elegant boutiques,beautiful gardens and restaurants. The cultural mile is home to all of the town's art and cultural treasures, all found on one long thoroughfare.

 

The Romans appreciated the fine waters of Baden and the ruins of the 2000 year old baths are one of the Germany's oldest and best preserved examples. Visit the Altes Schloss built in 1102, or the Neues Schloss dating from the 14th Century.

 

A wonderful town with so many attractions.

 

 

 

Strasbourg.

Cross the Rhine into the Alsace where Strasbourg takes pride of place.

Home of the European Parliament and the Courts of Justice, modern French architecture sits next to half timbered houses and 13th Century fortified towers in Petite France where you will find the ultramodern Musée d'Art Modern. The narrow streets around the Cathédrale Notre Dame are especially enchanting. The Cathédrale will be a starting point fir many visits and you can climb the 330 steps for a tremendous view of Strasbourg.

 

 

 

Colmar.

A maze of cobbled medieval streets lined with dozens of half-timbered houses, many of which are painted in bold colours and some with marvellous carvings. One building features a fantastic facade made up of 106 grimacing stone faces and animal heads.

The first half of August see Colmar host the annual Foire de Vins when there is a fantastic opportunity to sample wines from all over Alsace.

 

 

 

Riquewihr.

This is a partially walled village with 16th century ramparts and some marvellous courtyards. There is also a 13th century gate & bell tower along with the Chateau de Riquewihr. The Tour des Voleurs or Thieves Tower provides an idea of how thieves would have been confined to this former dungeon and tortured with an array of the implements on display.

 

 

 

 

 

Grindelwald

Heading for Switzerland, about two hours from Wieden, you can visit Grindelwald and take in the amazing and imposing view of the North Face of the Eiger. Experience it at closer quarters by taking the train up to Jungfraujoch and walk on the snow in mid summer. An amazing location that is well worth a trip.