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Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

By Jsbdsl @jonnyblair

“She’s a Nazi, She’s a Nazi, She’s a Nazi Way oh Way” – Switzerland (Cheatzerland) supporters.

This was a weird one, as I have only ever been to Switzerland twice in my life and both times have such similarities to them.

  • They were both in years ending in 7.
  • I also visited a wacaday republic on each trip (2007 – Liechtenstein, 2017 – Romkerhall).
  • They were both to watch Northern Ireland away matches
  • We were unbeaten and the better team in both matches (4-1 v. Liechtenstein, 0-0 v. Cheatzerland)
Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

So after a train through Poland, Germany and Romkerhall, I arrived at the train station in Basel and headed to check in to the Urban Hostel Culture before the big match – Northern Ireland’s first World Cup play-off since 1958 (when we beat Czechoslovakia to make the Quarter Finals).

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

In Basel, I chose to stay at the Urban Hostel Culture. I don’t really like writing detailed posts for boring countries and places I don’t like, but if you do ever decide to head to Basel, then here are five reasons to stay at the Urban Hostel Culture.

1.Cosy front lounge area
You can chill out in the front lounge area. Tea and coffee, Wi-Fi, chat to fellow tourists.

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

2.Cheap option
Switzerland is not cheap and so it’s nice to be able to save money and stay here at the Urban Hostel Culture.

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Switzerland isn’t cheap!

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Arrival in Basel, Switzerland

3.Away from the tourists
It’s miles from the city on a remote side street, so no issues bumping into other tourists! Switzerland is a tad boring to me and I never get enthusiastic about it, even including it in my toilet brown excrement list of bottom 7 countries to backpack! It was on Dornacherstrasse in a random area, the one advantage it had though was that it was only a 10-15 minute walk from the main train station.

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Arrival in Basel train station

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Arrival in Basel train station

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Basel hostel

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Basel train station

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Basel train station

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Basel train station

4.Safe, clean dorms
I only had one night here but as I was out of the hostel most of the day and night, at football and in the bars, I needed to lock up my stuff. Safe lockers are provided in each dorm.

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

My safe, clean dorm room in Basel

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

My safe, clean dorm room in Basel

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

My safe, clean dorm room in Basel

5.Fast Wi-Fi
For the 10 minutes I was actually in the hostel and not sleeping, the Wi-Fi was fast. In fact I booked my onward trains and buses using it. Here are some more photos from my time in Basel, as I didn’t take too many in the hostel itself.

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

Backpacking in Basel, Switzerland (Cheatzerland)

Here are the details for booking a room here:

Address: Dornacherstrasse 192, 4053 Basel, Switzerland
Phone: +41 61 333 00 37
BaselBackPack – Urban Hostel Culture on Facebook

BaselBackPack – Urban Hostel Culture website

Here are some videos from my time in Basel, Switzerland:

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