I have just spent three extremely enjoyable nights in the Black Forest spa town of Bad Säckingen and thought I would write a few words to share my experiences with you.
Truth be told, the only reason I stayed in Bad Säckingen as I wanted somewhere cheaper than Basel itself to base myself from which to explore Basel. As it turned out, I much preferred Bad Säckingen over Basel on many different levels.
Basel, as is Switzerland as a whole, is incredibly expensive. I found myself watching my spending the entire time I spent there, when I am used to spending at will on holiday. I starved myself all day every day and ate each evening upon my return to Bad Säckingen which offers many different eating options in its historic centre.
As for sights, I found the Altstadt of Bad Säckingen far more charming than that of Basel. Bad Säckingen is a very small town and its sights can be seen in a few hours, but that does not detract from the fact that the town is breathtakingly beautiful. The centrepiece is arguably the cathedral (Fridolinsmünster), which stands grandly on Münsterplatz and whose interior of the Fridolinsmünster is intricately and lavishly decorated. The square on which the cathedral stands, Münsterplatz, is itself worthy of note, as are the cobbled streets which gravitate away from it, for their many richly decorated buildings. The Schlosspark offers a chance for a pleasant stroll amongst some greenery; a pedestrian walkway follows the bank of the Rhine for those who want to take in this waterway.
Another highlight for me is the Holzbrücke, which is a covered wooden bridge which connects the town of Bad Säckingen with the Swiss town of Stein on the opposite bank of the Rhine. A solid white line across the floor in the middle of the bridge marks the international border.
I stayed at the Hallwyler Hof, which is owned by the Bad Säckingen tourist board and stands directly next to the entrance to the Holzbrücke. The accommodation is immaculately clean and has been recently renovated.
All in all, I am overjoyed to have stumbled upon such an attractive town. I have now moved to Gengenbach, from where I will be exploring the Christmas markets of Freiburg im Breisgau, Strasbourg, Colmar and Gengenbach itself.