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Thanks to all who tried to give me some very interesting food ideas for my three night Basel trip recently. We ended up eating a very heavy breakfast and snacked unhealthily most of the day, awarding ourselves with a fondue dinner one night.

Coffees, prailines, almond pastries.. and a delicious three course meal of the day in nearby Friburg were the highlights as far as cuisine goes.

Basel, itself, turned out to be a very pleasant surprise.

We flew on Ryanair for 30 euros round trip from Valencia. Then, after much searching and discussing, we decided on the Hotel Rochat, www.hotelrochat.ch for our three night triple room stay. 135 euros/night, with breakfast and tax included.

We were given a huge room (311)with a pitched ceiling that boasted a view of the next door church steeple and bell tower. (yes, it does ring at 7 a.m but didn´t bother me at all).

It is on the top floor and could have accomodated another two people or children. It had a T.V telephone, sofa, tables, and three single beds plus a large closet/armoire.

The bathroom was equally large with two sinks,a double-wide medicine chest that easily held these three women's exaggerated beauty necessities, and an additional closet.

This hotel is perfectly located on calm Petersgraben street, steps from Scifflande. The staff was friendly, and we could walk to several of the important areas recommended in Basel.

Since we were staying in Basel, all our transportation in the area was covered, starting at the airport,itself, for our entire visit.

We used tram 15 and 16 for an overview of the city, then found our way easily on buses and trams during the next days.

There are lovely "self walking tours" posted with famous "portraits" to take you along the most interesting historic parts of the city. Do not miss these, as they pull you past quaint corners you may not be aware of on your map.


The first morning we strolled up to Munsterplatz where an equestrian group was gathering before taking off in their carriages on one of their excursions in the area. The horses were all donned with beautiful bridle ornaments, and the carriage drivers and passengers in quite traditonal, almost historic garb.

they were treating themselves to some fresh croissants and coffee they had brought along..

our next mission was to find an open coffee shop ourselves! we were directed to a hotel along the rhein where we sat inside and enjoyed our first cappuchino in switzerland.

From here we explored the quaint St. Alban area, even finding the canal that has a darling mini dock with a table and chair on it. that is in most pamphlets.

Sunday mornings seem quite sleepy in Basel as we assume the cafés open much later to allow staff to go to church? The afternoon was quite active.

later that day we enjoyed homemade cakes in the sun, watching all the young families and their kids enjoy the splendid weather, at the "Pavillion Café" up at Shutzenmatt Park. (recommended in a Basel guide pamphlet).

Basel is not very spread out, and with such an excellent transportation bus/tram system, you really can get a lot done in this hilly little swiss town on the Rhein.

The museums I visited, sometimes on my own as my other two friends at times went elsewhere, were

-The Beyeler Foundation.. do not miss this private collection and stunning building and surroundings. Reduced entrance on Mondays. There is a gorgeous outdoor area with Bistro, and fields with cows bordering this peaceful respite a few stops from downtown Basel.

- The Basel History Museum, the Basel Kunstmuseum, (lovely building and outdoor café)

- The Puppenhaus Museum. I didn´t expect to like this so much.. give yourself more time than you imagine for this amazing musuem.

- The Tinguely Museum. This is just a happy place. This artist seems a bit mad.. and has created such delightful fountains and contraptions.. there is also a nice café in the basement.

I ended up buying the Basel card when i got to Tingueley, as the entrance there alone was 15 euros that day.. so for 5 euros more, i got free entrance to several museums for 24 hours and ..

-a free chocolate prailine with every coffee at Bachman..

-free ferry rides across the river..

and thus the incentive to rush around and take a quick look at more of the museums offered. I saw many more for a quick spin, but no need to bore you.

The weather was still pleasant, so day two we went up to Fribourg on a special fare for up to 5 people from Basel.

We really enjoyed this town and had a wonderful 9 euro three course meal on a very quaint pedestrian street at "Kreuz Blume".
They are also a hotel.. at www.hotel-kreuzblume.de

Friburg is a nice day trip. My friends also went to Colmar the next day, and LOVED it, but I spent the rest of the time at museums in the Basel area.

I visited the Vitra Design Museum.

Vitra Design Museum has guided architectural tours of the buildings by Gehry, Citterio, Grimshaw, Ando, Hadid and Siza on the Vitra grounds.

A bus stops at the door. It is a German bus, so here you pay a euro or so more .. the Basel passes are not included. Pay attention to the return schedule. they are hourly or so only.

I also attended a jazz concert at Bird's Eye Jazz which was very near our hotel as was also the well known hotel/restaurant Au Violon.

www.au-violon.com

We got to the Fourth King ( das viertel Konig) too late one night for dinner, but it looked cute right down on Rhein bank, to the left of the "Third King" Leading hotels of the World Hotel.

All in all, the food and drink seemed pricey in Switzerland, but we had a wonderful time.

Basel is easy, well organized, friendly and a nice jumping off point when arriving by low cost airlines at the EuroAirport. The bus takes you into town with great connections everywhere.

Be sure you have paid transportation on this bus, inspectors DO come onto it to make sure no one is skipping out..the fine is 80 swissfrancs.

If you like museums and modern architecture and design, you will not be disappointed with Basel.

I hope someone can find something usueful in this simple report. Thank you again for help offered earlier.

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