5 Countries in 6 Days - Travelling Through Switzerland, Germany, France, Luxembourg and Belgium
Europe is the perfect place for country hopping. You're only ever a short walk, Blablacar or flight away from a brand new destination so I'm always using this to my advantage.
On a recent trip we incidentally ended up in 5 different countries over 6 days. Not bad when you've got a goal to hit 100 countries before your 30th birthday.
We took off a few extra days around a U.K. bank holiday to make the most of it and I managed to find cheap flights to Basel, Switzerland for £13 each. The only problem was that flying back into London from Switzerland (or anywhere else in Europe for that matter) was going to set us back £160 each. Um, no thanks.
The workaround? Fly into Basel, Switzerland and make our way up to Belgium where we could get a £40 (each) Blablacar ride back to London, saving us roughly £240.
Basel is great because it's right next to the borders of France and Germany. The airport is actually in France and you can walk to both France and Germany in about an hour from the city.
We had 2 days in Basel and on one of those days we walked across the border to Lorrach, Germany. Yes - WALKED! We kept thinking someone was going to stop us or tell us to get back to Switzerland but nothing happened. Apparently, the locals in Basel like to go to Germany on the weekends to shop because it's so much cheaper.
Basel was really fantastic and exceeded our expectations, we loved the Basel Munster and Rathaus. The views of the river were gorgeous and it's a really walkable city.
After our time in Basel was up, we took the bus to Mulhouse Train station in France where our Blablacar ride was picking us up and we travelled through the French countryside up to Thionville. From there, a 20 minute train ride got us to Luxembourg.
We spent the day walking to the old town and lying in the sun. It's very much a fairytale city and we were entertained with live music and delicious pastries. We checked out the Notre Dame (not as famous as it's Parisian version but stunning none-the-less) and other tourist attractions before heading to the pickup point for our second Blablacar ride up to Brussels.
Brussels is right near the top of my 'Favourite Cities' list. The buildings and the food, the comic book strip hunt and the church. Brussels is packed with things to do (many for free!!) and we could've spent a few more days there easily. Even with the rainy weather we thoroughly enjoyed our time and decided against taking a trip to Ghent or Antwerp so that we could see more of Brussels.
Alas, all good things come to an end and we got our last Blablacar ride back to London just in time to start work again on Tuesday.
C'est la vie!