Basel, Switzerland

August 1, 2023

Next up on our European summer tour is Basel, Switzerland. Sarah and her husband lived here as newlyweds, so it was really fun to have her as our tour guide and take us to some of her favorite spots from back in the day. We pretty much just followed her lead, and had a couple of great days doing so! Here’s what we got into-

Day 1
We explored Merian Garten, which was a big highlight. It’s a gorgeous (and expansive!) park where we could have spent all day. There are gardens, a working farm, lots of trails, play areas for children, a cafeteria, and a darling restaurant called Iris where we found ourselves for lunch.  Everything was super fresh and natural, and we all enjoyed every bite. My nephews were able to run around outside of the restaurant in a big open grassy area, which was so fun for them.

After hours of strolling through the park, Sarah took the boys to a soccer game and my mom and I went back to the hotel to freshen up and relax with a glass of wine. We all met up at dinner at a really great restaurant called Lowenzorn. We ate outdoors in their cute courtyard and even ordered up some fondue (when in Switzerland!). Another hit was the artichoke appetizer – loved!

Day 2
Sarah took us around the city to see all the sights on our second day in Basel. We started our walk through the old town which is insanely charming with greenery covered townhomes and shutters with heart cut outs in them. We were all swooning! We popped into a grocery store and all grabbed a few things for a picnic along the Rhine River. It was really fun to people watch there and see so many floating by down the river. Once we were finished picnic-ing, we headed to the beautiful Les Trois Rois hotel for a glass of wine and my nephews got some amazing Swiss hot chocolate. This is such a pretty spot, with views of the Rhine in a cozy, luxurious setting. We enjoyed just hanging out for a bit in our fab surroundings. Next up on our city tour was a favorite spot of Sarahs from when she lived in Basel years ago, a wine bar called Consum. We grabbed a cheese plate with some incredible fig mustard spread and it was the perfect little snack. It happened to be Swiss National Day, so the city was setting up for festivities all over. We called it an early night and could see the fireworks from our hotel room!


I loved getting to see my sister’s old stomping grounds. Even though we were only there for a short time, I would jump at the chance to go back. It’s such a convenient city, too. You can take the train to lots of nearby beautiful places, like Lugano and Lucerne, in a really short amount of time. Time to start planning our next Swiss trip, ha!

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