B&B La Vie en Rose
Oetlingerstrasse 25, Basel, 4057, Switzerland
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St. Johann City Gate
entrance to the dining room
3. More people walking up the river
We are from Malaysia - will be driving (van-6 adults, 1 kid) from AMS to Basel via Koln (German) and will be spending time in Basel for 1 or 2 nights, before heading to Paris the day after. We are is a tight budget, so we choose to drive as it would be much cheaper for the seven of us.
I hope that everything would be fine. How's the road from Cologne-Basel-Paris look like? As we come from the left-side driving country...I hope there won't be much hassle for us. Anybody want to share the experiences of driving from Germany-Basel-Paris?
Your help is very much appreciated.
I have driven from Cologne to Paris also in a fairly large vehicle (7seater).
We drove down the Rhine on narrow roads but very good roads. The motorists are polite and we had no problem. We connected with the motorway near Nancy in France and drove through from there. It was 3 lanes most of the way with gas stations along the route where one could stop and have a break. We had coffee and something light to eat. The traffic was quite heavy since it was holiday season but it was not difficult. I think we also had 2 toll gates before we got to Paris. You will not need to worry as long as you have driven motorways before. You could also drive on the ordinary route if you have more time. It is scenic and one can stop along the way. The speed limit on the smaller roads is about 50kph.
Enjoy your trip
>the road from Cologne-Basel-Paris look like?<
All the way are expressways (Autobahn)
>there won't be much hassle for us<
It won't, just keep to the right lane, overtake on the left and make way for the faster cars. And don't try to match up to the high speed driving on Germany's highways, you'd be a bundle of nerves at length.
>We are is a tight budget<
The Autobahn Amsterdam-Cologne-up to the Swiss border is toll-free. But for the last 2km to Basel, you'd have to buy a Swiss motorway permit sticker. To avoid this, leave the Autobahn A5 at the last German exit No.69 "Weil am Rhein" and follow the yellow signs towards Basel.
The French highways are toll roads, apart from the portion between the German border near Karlsruhe and Basel. In case of using this route, turn off at the last French exit "St. Louis/Loerrach" to avoid the Swiss sticker.
Travel Tips for Basel
Basel has many great art museums. But these two, the only one's I visited; really impressed me. Foundation beyeler is a lovely tram ride out in the Basel countryside, from the city centre. It is a tour-de-force of modern art; showing great paintings by all the masters from van Gogh onwards. Small and compact, it offers one a very pleasant time. The Kunstmuseum is much bigger, and some of the old religious art from pre-rennaisance did not appeal to me. But there are still many great modern works to see and appreciate.
August 1st is the Swiss holiday
What the sausages are for Aussies and the huge steaks are for the Americans, the humble pork chop is for switzies when inviting to a BBQ. Children get a cervelat and the adults indulge in plain pork chops usually served with some salads and crisps or pommes chips, as they are known here.
Of course I am joking here, about the idea that Swiss people only know to grill chops!!!
August 1st is our national holiday (as you have certainly learned now by reading this months Insights Column from Robin Daellenbach). This day is for many Swiss people THE occasion to throw a huge BBQ party for family and guests, so why not add a twist this time with these recipes for “differently” stuffed pork chops.
To to France by... tram (streetcar)!
Basel is one of only two places on the Earth where you can travel to another country by tramway (streetcar). Take the tramway Nr 10 near the main train station in the direction of Rodersdorf. The tramway leaves the city and travels across countryside (nice views!). Then it crosses the border and arrives to the French village of Leymen.
You will see the village on your right and forest on your left. Behind the forest, you can find ruins of a castle (Château de Landskron) that you can visit.
You can also have a walk around the village. Follow Rue de la Gare down to the town hall/school, than go back and visit the church. Leymen is nice Elsass vllage, you'll enjoy this small walk (30-45 min).
Inportant: normally, the border is open and there are no controls. But random controls can steel be executed, so if you don't want to get into trouble, don't go to Leymen without documents that allow you to enter France!
The building of the BIZ (Bank for International Payment Regulations) is located near the Central Railway Station SBB. It was built 1977 by Burckhardt & Partner AG.
The BIZ was founded 1930 at the conference of Den Haag by the Central Banks of Germany, Belgium, France, UK, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the US. After WWII Canada, Australia and South Africa joined the BIZ. It acts as the "Bank of Central Banks (In the US "Federal Reserve Bank"). The Bank plays a major part in regulations of international payments and the balance of financial markets (currently Basel II, if you know what this means.)
Of course you can walk across the bridges to cross the river ... but a fun thing and not to miss are the funny little ferries.
They operate daily from morning till evening. In the evenings sometimes readings and similar events take place on the ferries.
St. Alban (called "Wilde Maa"), cathedral ("Leu"), Klingenthal ("Vogel Gryff"), St. Johann ("Ueli")
Fare is 1.20 SFr.
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