Our Viking Rhine River Cruise started in Basel. The Viking Hlin was docked a few blocks from the Basel Old Town. All the Viking Longships are modern and make it a pleasure to take a river cruise. Viking includes a shore excursion in every port. Meals include wine or beer. An espresso machine is available 24 hours a day. The top deck is open seating for great views during your river cruise adventure.
Viking offered a guided tour of Basel to start the river cruise, but I created my own Basel Self Guided Walking Tour. From the docks I walked up past the St Urbans-brunnen, Grand Hotel les Trois Rois and the Middle Bridge. The small weidling boats powered by oars in the strong Rhine River current were something I’d never seen before. Next my walk led to the Basel Minster church. The plaques, arches and sculptures around the exterior courtyard of the Basel Minster were unexpectedly intriguing. As you walk around the outside of the Basel Minster you get great views of the Rhine River too.
Next I walked to Barfüsser Square. Many museums surround the Barfüsser Square area. You could tell this is a popular place because of the high volume of trolley buses arriving and departing. After that I wandered the pedestrian only Freie Street to City Hall. In the entrance to city hall are a number of murals you can view for free.
Rhine River Cruise – Black Forest