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Basel or Zurich?

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Basel or Zurich?

We have one night to spend in either Basel or Zurich before a river cruise out of Basel. Travel agent recommends to stay in Zurich and train over. If we stayed in Zurich, where should we stay to get a taste of Zurich. Moderate budget. We would like good area and ideas for what to do for evening. IF Basel would make things easier, where to stay and what to do there? THX!

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1. Re: Basel or Zurich?

No question, I would stay in Basel. We did a day trip to Zurich from Basel last summer and we did enjoy it but a day was enough. We stayed weeks in Basel and there are still so many things that we didn't get a chance to do. It's a beautiful city with an incredible history. There are almost 50 museums so there's sure to be one of interest. With only a day, I'd be sure to do a self guided tour of the alstadt area (old town), cross the bridge and walk along the Rhine and maybe get a faeri back to the other side, then visit the Munster and go to the top if time. There's a self guided tour somewhere on TA that Maetzli wrote I believe. I"ll see if I can find it.

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2. Re: Basel or Zurich?

Totally agree! Arrive at the airport in Zürich. Maybe stop for a few hours to see the old town in Zürich which is lovely. Then go on to Basel. And here is Maetzli's walking tour link:


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3. Re: Basel or Zurich?

If your budget allows, I would like to recommend Hotel Krafft am Rhein. (where Hermann Hesse wrote his famous "Steppenwolf").

Otherwise Hotel Rochat is really nice and relatively cheap, Close to the old city center and the nice restaurants such as Harmonie or Restaurant Schnabel.

Edited: 13 October 2013, 11:42
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