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Having passed through BASEL and having examined this "a pearl on Rein", we couldn’t avoid agreeing with Franz Joseph: "I have to visit Basel again". Sights have the power to take your breath away! COLMAR will dumbfound us by its architecture: from late Gothic of the Renaissance, baroque, rococo, classicism, an empire style, eclecticism, modernist style and to postmodernism. Former "bone of contention" between the French and Germans, STRASBOURG, is also full of wonderful scenery from the Gothic old times, presented by one of the most majestic cathedrals in the world, to capital charm of the parliamentary center of the European Union. And the German Black Forest will indulge us with the irresistible landscapes, the clean air and surprising "Schwarzwald dishes".
Departure is in the morning. In the second part of the day we cross the border of France. STRASBOURG waits for us, we will walk around it about 2 hours with our guide. In the city of two cultures we will get acquainted with the Square of the Iron Man, Palais Rohan, wonderful timber framing construction of the Kammerzell House and with one of the biggest sights – "small France", and for a dessert – magnificence of Gothic Cathedral of Saint Virgin Mary.
"The local cathedral church is the majestic Gothic building, and its tower will be read for the highest pyramid in Europe" (Ivan Turgenev)
It is difficult not to give in charm... As the curtain falls, we will sweep by the ship down the river Ill (at will, 15€). Oh! Such amazing views...
There is no wish to leave, but we, a little bit tired, go to the Black Forest for restoration of forces and composure... He received the gloomy name because of its dense shadow which is created by ten thousand pine kroner, bearing us health and pleasure. Here we will incorporate the pine spirit sung by poets and prescribed by doctors. And late at night, having strongly got hungry, at restaurant of hotel we will indulge ourselves with dishes of the Schwarzwald cuisine (spaetzle, maultaschen, a trout, ham, dishes from meat of a wild boar). They say, Germans are greedy. And according to them – prudent and economical (we will understand in the morning), but how they cook and treat... And at night, after a nourishing German dinner we sleep with a such pleasure...
In the morning a lack of shampoo and soap in a bathroom (well, Germans! Now we understood...) is softened with a magnificent breakfast. We envy ourselves. We leave the Black Wood, admiring mountain landscapes. Our way lies to COLMAR which is eager to see us too. Yeah! Guides don't lie – it is beautiful. How to see this beauty and not to go crazy at the same time... Even window dressing of shops is really something. And buildings: St. Martin's and St Matthew’s Collegiate Church, Maison Pfister, Voltaire's Residence, House of Knights of Saint Joann... There is even the "small Venice". By the amount of colors in windows of houses and on the streets of the city – it is the leader not only in France, but also in the whole Europe. It is necessary to see and, of course, with your own eyes, and in free time to try the famous Alsatian dish shuknut with meat and to enjoy the magnificence of the local wines.
Having much sated with the Colmar goodies and beauty, we go to another country – Switzerland. BASEL is the next station. Though it is behind the mountains, but nearby. "So, I am already in Switzerland, in the country of picturesque nature, in the earth of freedom and well being", – as Karamzin said, and what we will be convinced of it, having examined BASEL during the excursion – each place of interest there is a discovery. After the 2-hour sightseeing tour it is necessary to agree with the Kaiser Franz Josef: "I have to visit Basel once more". Having shot the kilometer of film (the benefit is that it is digital now) and having acquired around the magnificent city, late at night we go back to Germany. It is so nice that we didn't miss this travel, where it is possible to enjoy the nature of Central Europe, its architecture, lifestyle of Europeans and... originality of the Schwarzwald dishes...
In the morning we are at home.
- journey by a comfortable tourist bus
- the obligatory excursion package is 49€, including accompanying on the way, sightseeing tours around Baden-Baden and Strasbourg, one night in a hotel with breakfast;
- the obligatory municipal tax is 9€;
- a ship trip in Strasbourg is 15€, for children up to 12 years, it costs 11€ (at will);
- earphones (at will) are 7€ for two excursion days.
Entrance tickets are paid additionally (at will).
The travel agency has the right for adjustment. The prices can be changed depending on a season.
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