Cities & Architecture


With its dense history and strong culture, the Upper Rhine Valley offers a wide range of ur-ban treasures just waiting to be discovered at a level of concentration rare in Europe.


Route and distances for a round-trip with your rental car:

  • 1st day Basel
    Basel Euro Airport -> Basel by bus: Bus number 50 within 17 minutes
  • 2nd day Augusta Raurica
    Basel -> Augusta Raurica by car: 15 minutes (13 km)
  • 2nd day town of Saint-Ursanne
    Augusta Raurica -> Saint-Ursanne by car: 60 minutes (66 km)
  • 3rd day Freiburg
    Saint-Ursanne -> Freiburg by car: 100 minutes (130 km)
  • 3rd day Black Forest House, Gutach
    Freiburg –> Gutach by car: 60 minutes (50 km)
  • 4th day Baden-Baden
    Gutach -> Baden-Baden by car: 1.40h (87 km scenic route)
  • 4th day Karlsruhe
    Baden-Baden -> Karlsruhe by car: 35 minutes (40 km)
  • 5th day Strasbourg
    Karlsruhe -> Strasbourg by car: 65 minutes (82 km)
  • 5th day Haut-Koenigsbourg
    Strasbourg -> Haut-Koenigsbourg by car: 50 minutes (62 km)
  • 6th day Colmar
    Haut-Koenigsbourg -> Colmar by car: 30 minutes (30 km)
  • 6th day Mulhouse
    Colmar -> Mulhouse by car: 45 minutes (45 km)

Trip Description

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  • Arrival at Euro Airport Basel your Upper Rhine Valley aviation hub and transfer with bus n° 50 within 17 minutes to the city center

Old town of Basel
The Old Town of Basel is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful of its kind in Europe. There are buildings from the 15th century which form an urban landscape that is both intriguing and harmonious. www.basel.com

Tinguely Fountain
The famous fountain by Jean Tinguely is situated on the former location of the stage of the old city theatre. With his playful machine sculptures, the Swiss artist created a new landmark in the city. www.basel.com

  • Overnight-stay in Basel
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Augusta Raurica by night © Augusta Raurica, Foto: Susanne Schenker
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Augusta Raurica and Saint-Ursanne

  • Get your rental car at one of the numerous rental stations in Basel
  • Car journey Basel -> Augusta Raurica: 15 minutes (13 km)

Augusta Raurica
A mysterious well shaft. The largest late antique silver treasure. The best-preserved ancient thea-tre north of the Alps. Experience hands on the captivating history of the site. http://www.augustaraurica.ch/en/
Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed on 24th, 25th, 31st December and 1st January

  • In the afternoon car journey Augusta Raurica –> Saint-Ursanne: 60 minutes (66 km)

Town of Saint-Ursanne
The collegiate church and cloister from the 12th century are just a few of the unique monuments which bear witness to the illustrious past of this delightful medieval city. www.juratourisme.ch/en/discoveries/towns-heritage/st-ursanne.3973.html

  • In the evening car journey Saint-Ursanne –> Freiburg: 100 minutes (130 km)
  • Overnight-stay in Freiburg


Freiburg Cathedral © FWTM / Raach
"Bächle" in Freiburg © FWTM / Schwerer
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Freiburg and Gutach

Freiburg Cathedral
The most inspiring monument in Freiburg is the cathedral. It is widely regarded as a miracle of medieval mason’s craft. It is surrounded by the beautiful old town and an attractive pedestrian precinct. www.freiburg.de/pb/,Len/225797.html

  • In the noon time car journey Freiburg -> Black Forest House, Gutach: 60 minutes (50 km)

Black Forest Houses Gutach
Sustained, low lying hip roofs: the typical Black Forest House. Their various architects have won the architecture award “Neues Bauen” in the Black Forest. http://en.vogtsbauernhof.de/
Opening hours:
End of March until beginning of November:  daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (last admission 5 p.m.)
August:      daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (last admission 6 p.m.)

  • Overnight-stay in the Black Forest


Trinkhalle Baden-Baden © BBT
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden © BBT
Karlsruhe Palace © KMK

Baden-Baden and Karlsruhe

  • In the morning car journey Gutach -> Baden-Baden: 1.40h (87 km scenic route)

Art and culture mile "Lichtentaler Allee" in Baden-Baden
Along the splendiferous parks and gardens there are various art and cultural institutions: the Festspielhaus, the Trinkhalle, the Kurhaus/Casino, the Museum Frieder Burda, and the Lichtenthal Monastery. www.baden-baden.de/en/tourist-information/

  • In the afternoon car journey Baden-Baden -> Karlsruhe: 35 minutes (40 km)

Karlsruhe, the city in the shape of a fan
Legend has it that Margrave Karl Wilhelm of Baden-Durlach was overcome by fatigue while hunting and lay down under a tree for a nap. He dreamed of a city where the streets extend outwards from a magnificent central palace like the spokes of a fan. In 1715 the Margrave decided to build his new residence in the middle of the Hardtwald forest, at the time an impenetrable wilderness. An octag-onal tower was built in the centre of the palace complex – the geometrical focal point of the sym-metric whole. Thirtytwo streets and paths radiate from this point like the rays of the sun. www.karlsruhe-tourism.de/en

  • In the evening car journey Karlsruhe -> Strasbourg: 65 minutes (82 km)
  • Overnight-stay in Strasbourg


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Strasbourg and Haut-Koenigsbourg

Town of Strasbourg
As a European capital, Strasbourg includes an incredible diversity of architectural styles earning it the status of UNESCO World Heritage. Visitors can discover the Notre Dame Cathedral, a master-piece of Gothic art. www.otstrasbourg.fr/en

  • After lunch car journey Strasbourg -> Haut-Koenigsbourg:  50 minutes (62 km)

Alsace is Europe’s richest region in terms of concentration of feudal castles. Indeed, the region has over 400 castle ruins. The Haut-Koenigsbourg was completely refurbished and is one of the most frequently visited in France. www.haut-koenigsbourg.fr/en
January, February, November and December: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
March and October: 9:30 a.m.-5.00 p.m.
April, May and September: 9:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
June, July and August: 9:15 a.m.-6.00 p.m.

  • In the evening car journey Haut-Koenigsbourg -> Colmar: 30 minutes (30 km)
  • Overnight-stay in Colmar


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Colmar and Mulhouse

Town of Colmar
Capital of the Alsatian wine producing area, Colmar offers visitors a snapshot of an idyllic Alsatian lifestyle, with its half-timbered houses, its canals, its "Little  Venice" district and its flowers. www.tourisme-colmar.com/en/

  • In the afternoon car journey Colmar -> Mulhouse: 45 minutes (45 km)

Town of Mulhouse
Leading industrial town, Mulhouse has made excellent use of its unique heritage. Its museums, which are considered to be among the most prestigious in the world, bear witness to the area’s proud industrial past. www.tourisme-mulhouse.com/EN

  • In the evening car journey Mulhouse -> Basel: 37 minutes (37 km)