Should You Take A Day Trip from Basel, Switzerland to Lörrach, Germany?
Basel, Switzerland is located right next to the borders of France and Germany so you might be wondering if it's worth popping over to either one if you're in Basel for a few days.
From our hostel, we could've walked to either country in just over an hour so we decided to take a jaunt to Lörrach, Germany and add a new country to the list. If you're thinking about doing it as well then have a read first so you'll know if it's worth it.
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Lörrach is located in southwest Germany and in 2007 had a population of just under 50,000 people.
In September of 1848, Lörrach was officially the capital of Germany for one day when Gustav Struve attempted to start a revolutionary uprising.
I don't know if this is a German-wide thing but you can get cigarettes in vending machines haha!
The largest industry is the Milka Chocolate factory..mmm milka.
A fifth of the retail business spending in Lörrach was attributed to Swiss customers - we heard that lots of Basel locals cross the border on weekends to do their shopping because it's so much cheaper!
What To See:
If you just want to walk around and grab something to eat, Lorrach is quite lively with people out and about. There was live music in the main centre and plenty of people enjoying beers and ice creams.
We enjoyed taking a look at the buildings and soaking up the sunshine but since we forgot to take our euros (don't even ask) we couldn't do the one thing we'd really come to do - Rötteln Castle.
If you have the time/inclination, Rötteln Castle looks really cool. It's a 25 min bus ride away and you can pay €2.50 to climb to the upper part of the Castle and overlook the 3 countries.
Otherwise, there is also Dreilandermuseum, which is dedicated to the history of this special region where three countries meet. There are no English guides or descriptions so it's probably only worth it if you can speak French or German. Entry is €2.
From Basel SBB train station you can catch a train to Lörrach for 12-19 CHF.
From central Basel, you can catch the Line 6 Tram right up to the Swiss/German border, walk across the border and then catch a bus straight into Lörrach.
Or you can catch that same tram to the border and walk the 30 minutes into Lörrach.
So, should you take a day trip from Basel to Lörrach?
If you think you've seen all you can see of Basel and you're looking for something different, it's really easy to cross the border to Lörrach and you can enjoy a nice meal and drink for much less than you could in Switzerland. I think seeing Rötteln Castle would have sealed the deal for us but even without it, Lörrach has a pretty cool vibe.. I mean, look at those buildings!
Just don't do like we did and forget to take some euros.