Pretty Switzerland perfect at Christmas, but prices stun tourists

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TRAVEL GAZETTE – BASEL, Switzerland

Basel at this time of year provides a wonderful, authentic holiday ambiance, with its Christmas markets and winter chill.

The market stalls offer handmade and beautiful gifts plus the bonus of a warming glass of Gluewine.

Be sure to stop by the Baseler Cathedral, built from red sandstone between 1019 and 1500 or the Kunstmuseum showing the most extensive art collection of Switzerland.

Lucerne lake overlooking the mountains.
Lucerne lake overlooking the mountains.

You can also take a day trip to Lucerne, with it’s beautiful lake and old town – it’s just one hour away from Basel by train (ticket 56 Euro return).

Lucerne offers fascinating sights, the surrounding area is packed with some of the most exciting and breathtaking day trips to the mountains or river cruises.

A tour of Lucerne and Basel makes the perfect weekend get-away, but be warned – it is super expensive.

Infact the price of food, travel and shopping can literally stun some tourists, who are amazed at the sky high prices.

So it comes as little surprise that Switzerland is officially the most expensive country in Europe,- that’s according to data from the European Statistics Office Eurostat.

In Switzerland, prices for consumer goods and services are 56% higher than the European average.
In Switzerland, prices for consumer goods and services are 56% higher than the European average.

In Switzerland, prices for consumer goods and services are 56% higher than the European average.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages are on average 50% more expensive in Switzerland than in the rest of Europe, while restaurants and hotels are also 52% pricier.

That said the mountain scenery, tourist attractions and countryside is a delight, but be sure to take a packed lunch!

EasyJet fly from Larnaca – Basel twice weekly, prices vary, but can be very cheap off season.

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