Three Countries Triangle - Merian Gärten
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We decided to take the the train to Stansted the night before so we didn't have to wake up super early in order to catch our morning flight.
We stayed at the Premier Inn which is kind of close to the Stansted Airport and train station. It was not very pedestrian friendly to walk there though. We thought it was so we decided to forgo finding the shuttle bus to the hotel. We were lucky that we arrived at night when there was no cars on the motorway since we had to cross some busy roads and the motorway a few times.
Premier Inn is good for a basic clean room when there isn't any Travelodges around. It is a little bit more money. but the room is nicer, and you get unlimited basic internet.
We got through security and on the flight with no major problems. The flight was delayed but not that long. The flight was only a little over an hour long.
The bus ride was only about 20-30 minutes to the stop closest to our hotel.
The weather was beautiful.
The sun was out but it definitely felt a bit colder than back in Birmingham.
We were wondering if we should have brought our coats in stead of our hoodies.
We were pretty much on the top floor. There was a floor above us but it must have been the attic or something.
We were looking for a good spot to have a picnic.
We found a park that looked like a good spot to picnic.
People seemed to just chill on the other side of the river with the big steps and lots of sun. It was a great spot.
We were going to go in the museum but it was 15 CHF each so we decided to see if there were any other museums around.
There was lots of their work on display.
There's a peek into the Kunstmuseum.
Finally we tried going one street down from where it was on our map and we found it right away. We're not sure how we labelled our map wrong. Always take care in labeling your map or use google maps.
When she took our order the waitress asked if we wanted a side salad and we agreed not knowing that the salad was going to cost almost as much as the quiche and consist of just lettuce and dressing. I can't stress this enough, it was JUST LETTUCE and dressing. There was no other vegetables in the salad. What you see in that photo is what we got. The quiche was 6.50 CHF so we wish just got a couple of those each instead of that salad. Yikes. Their food was very tasty though so no complaints there.
The inside was crowded with tourists taking pictures just like us.
It sounds strange thinking that it looked as we expected but that's not a bad thing. When you go to a destination you want it to look like your imagined ideal.
We walked around a lot checking out the town and sight seeing before heading back to the hotel.
Exploring the castle did not take as long as we thought it would so we headed back to city centre.
It was still raining a bit, so we didn't have to compete with other tourists. There wasn't many people around anywhere. It was perfect for taking pictures.
The rain was slowing down and the people were starting to emerge.
We decided to catch the #6 tram all the way to the end to see where we would end up. Turns out it terminates at the German border. We got off the tram and started walking in the direction of the city centre.
We even found a corn field! We took a walk through the corn field and just enjoyed.
We could even see the mountains in the background.
Fondation Beyeler without knowing what it was. This is the wall behind it.
We hopped back on the tram back to city centre just before it started to get dark. We went to Coop again and bought some treats for when we got hungry later that evening.
The next morning we set off towards the Three Countries Triangle.
The tram makes it easy to get to all the different parts of town.
We weren't 100% sure that we were headed to the right spot or even that it was a tourist attraction. We knew that the 3 countries met at this point in the water but the area looked very industrial. Once we saw the signs we knew we were on the right track.
|St Jakob Park|
We were starting to wonder if we were the only people in this park. We came upon some big green houses but no people.
There was tons of chestnuts all over.
It was very peaceful in the Merian Gärten.
Heading to green spaces on maps seems to work out well for us a lot of the time.
We decided to go back to the city centre to check out the famous veggie restaurant Tibits. It was even listed in the Basel must see tourist guides we got from the hotel. It is a mainstream restaurant which is always good to see. They have a location in London but we've never been there before.
After we left we saw across the street there was a burger restaurant with a vegan burger called the RONIN! Ronin being the lord less or master less samurai. It is sometimes used nowadays to describe a drifter or wanderer.
We went to the the Markthalle to check out Vegiman which we had heard great things about. We were sure to double check that he was there that day since it sounds like a couple people on facebook were complaining they went to get food from the stall to find he wasn't there that day. Always double check.
It was delicious. Vegiman has some great homemade sauces which MAKE the burger.
We took the tram to different parts of town.
It's hard to take good night pictures with our camera.
The giant lily pads were awesome.
And then all of a sudden we were in the desert.
We went to the vegan shop and none of the belts fit. We made a beeline for the bus to the airport and caught one just as we got to the bus stop. In fact the bus was about to pull away but we pushed the button for the door to open and the driver let us on. That would be unheard of back in Birmingham. That saved us waiting for the next bus even though it probably would have only been a 10 minute wait or something.
Basel is an incredible city with lots to offer in terms of sights and video of the city gives you more of a feel of what travelling around the city is like. We hope you enjoy the video we made to help show you why you should visit Basel on your next holiday.
We had no problems at the airport except for being stuck with CHF change. We tried to spend it in a shop there but found nothing. We walked to the otherside of the airport to find another store but all the stores on the otherside were priced in Euros since the airport was split between Switzerland, Germany and France. We just decided to trade the coins in since we found out the exchange places accepted coins. If you try to exchange foreign coins back in the UK they won't accept them.
Anyway, it was a successful trip and we had a great time seeing the city at a relaxed pace. We would definitely recommend Basel to people visiting Switzerland. We would like to see more of Switzerland in the future as well. From what we've read and now experienced, Basel is a great place to start.
If you enjoyed reading this post, you may enjoy our trip to Gothenburg, Sweden when we explore Bohus Fortress. Thank you for reading!