A magnificent landlocked country is perhaps the best way to describe Switzerland. Surrounded by beautiful mountains that will make one’s winter wonderland dreams come true, Switzerland is famous for its alps and ski resorts. However, the country also radiates its beauty in summer season. Visiting Switzerland during summer is going to be an unforgettable experience for travellers who are looking for different perspectives in seeing the beauty of this unique country.
Travel Back in Time
Basel is located on Switzerland’s border between Germany and France. Easily accessible, one can take a train to go to Basel from Zurich airport and it will only take one hour. Basel also famous for its rich history, making one feel like they have travelled back to old Europe when strolling around in the central city. Enjoy the old Europe at the picturesque Basel Old Town. In here, all the 15th century buildings complement internationally renowned modern architecture to create a dynamic yet harmonious cityscape. The narrow alleyways and the colourful windows in each building will constantly remind one of the sets from Beauty and the Beast when the villagers sing about Belle in the opening scene. One can’t avoid the beautiful Rhine river, from the Kleinbasel Rhine side, one will see a unique panoramic view of the Grossbasel district with the Cathedral and Pfalz of the Mittlere Brucke, the four ferries and baroque residence.
Designed by Basel-based architect, Rudolf Christ, together with Paul Bonatz from Stuttgart, Kunstmuseum Basel is the oldest publicly accessible art collection in the world. The focus of the museum is on paintings and graphic art by artists from Upper Rhine region from 1400 to 1600 and the art of the 19th to 21st centuries. Real paintings from famous painters such as Rembrandt Harmensz Van Rijn, Pablo Picasso as well as Piet Mondrian are also exhibited in the museum. Finding these famous paintings will be like finding treasures since the museum has a very big collection.
Vitra Design Museum
Even though it’s located in Germany, it only takes about 15 to 20 minutes tram ride to go here from Basel. Vitra Design Museum’s main building is designed by Frank Gehry and it’s his first building in Europe. One can feel the touch of Gehry as the museum has curves and uniquely built just like his other designs. The museum is dedicated to the research and presentation of design, past and present, and examines design’s relationship to architecture, art and everyday culture. Vitra Design museum currently has an exhibition entitled ‘Night Fever’ which will make its visitors see nightclubs in a different perspective. Showing floor plans, photos, sketches of nightclubs from all over the world, the exhibition presents nightclubs as spaces that merge architecture and interior design with sound, light, fashion, graphics, and visual effects to create a modern total work of art. The exhibition which is designed interactively and makes visitors experience the Nightclubs’ vibes from different eras will run until Sept. 9.
The Lovely Lucerne
Situated in the heart of Switzerland, Lucerne is a stronghold of culture. Famous for its lake and magnificent landscape characterised by mountains, Lucernce is probably one of the main destinations for tourists whenever visiting Switzerland. Lucerne offers travellers a lot of things to do whether it’s in the city or in nature.